Warnot is the project of composer and guitarist Bjorn Eliasson, perhaps best known for his work with Sweden's Cloudscape. Eliasson left the band in 2009 to focus on his own compositions, and the result is his debut work His Blood Is Yours.
While similarities to his previous band are evident, most will find His Blood Is Yours to be different. Eliasson works from a foundation of progressive metal, but then adds a notable symphonic presence, curious, but not odd, keyboard work, his ambitious guitar solos, and diverse vocals. This combination creates atmospheric and dense arrangements, sometimes with darker, even doomish metal, side.
The latter two elements gather the most attention on His Blood Is Yours. No less than seven vocalists appear here, including Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Fullforce, et al) and Eliasson himself. The styles range from metal to rock, from smooth to gruff to some death metal growls (provided by Andre Mollestam). At first you wonder if this diversity will work, but it does, notably on Secrets of Mythology or New York. The inclusion of female vocals, as on the Patriot or I Am a Ghost, from Sarah Andersson (Helsingborg Choirs) adds even more depth and texture. Of course, Eliasson himself is in his element as the compositions are equally well thought and arranged, and his impressive lead guitar work an obvious focal point.
The rich progressive metal of His Blood Is Yours becomes more interesting and entertaining with repeated spins. If His Blood Is Yours is the culmination of Eliasson's vision from the start, it's a darn fine one and the promise of greater things to come, that is if he didn't use up all his ideas here. Recommended.