Album Review – Worhol “The Awakening”

I think I say this every time, but lord do I love this job! I love finding new music and this band definitely did not disappoint!

Worhol is a theatrical/ symphonic rock band from Texas founded by father and daughter in 2013! Ashley (lead singer/pianist) and her father Larry Worhol (guitarist/pianist/composer) decided to follow their musical dreams together and form this amazing band. They chose the name of their band because of their relations to Andy Warhol. They were joined by Craig Malinowski (bassist) and Marty Naul (drums). Their describe themselves as “an army of chosen ones who would bring forth to the land a new and inspirational voice in music.”

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Do you like bands like Evanescence, Nightwish, and Within Temptation? Then you’ll most definitely like Worhol. That’s what got my attention, Amy Lee is the reason that I learned to sing. Finding another strong female singer like her? I’m game! Their new album definitely did not disappoint!

Their latest album ‘The Awakening‘ released on 14 July, 2017 and I’ve listened to it at least once a day since I got it on iTunes. I really love her voice! She does remind me of the aforementioned female-led bands, but Ashley stands out at the same time! I feel that she has a distinct voice and this album is amazing.

The album starts out with Voices From Above, with a catching orchestral beginning and then bam, there Ashley is! It’s a great first song to the album, it’s intriguing! Her voice kind of reminds me of Christine from The Phantom of the Opera!

Bowing Before You has an interesting but strong beginning. A great display of their drummers talent. This seems to be the first of their slower songs, but it flows very well. I don’t know if slower is the right word, kind of slower and softer? Not quite as punchy and the pitch changes don’t seem to be as drastic as the first song.

Time to Say Goodbye has a gorgeous piano introduction that leads into a great guitar melody without losing the beauty of the piano. It’s got a kind of haunting melody to it and an easy flowing rhythm to the song.

Already Forgotten really displays, in my opinion, the diversity in Ashley’s vocal range that I am incredibly jealous of as a singer. She’s someone I would aspire to sound like. 

Rage and Revenge has a most interesting guitar introduction that carries you into the rest of the instrumental song. I love that they included this on the album, even though there aren’t any words to this song! A great display of the instrumental talent amongst the members of the band!

In This Town starts out with a kind of soft and haunting melody that is beautiful. While the song tempo picks up some it keeps its melody while Ashley sings softly.

We, The Abused starts out very fast paced but it is still a great song. At one point it slows down to just a piano and Ashley’s voice and man can she hit the higher notes! It’s something some female singers can only dream of.

Jurisdiction is one of my favorite songs off this album, I think. It show cases Ashley’s range, the drums are very prominent, and I just really enjoy this song. There is a nice guitar rift in the song that I can definitely appreciate. It also sounds like there is a violin towards the middle of the song, which I think is pretty creative.

Is This What’s Left of Me has a really pretty piano intro before the guitar comes in that I really like. The drums are strong and distinct again without taking away from the vocals. It has an interesting tempo change shortly after the introduction before going back to the same tempo with the piano and the drums. I think that is really unique.

Darkness is a great display of the symphonic sound. It also happens to be my other favorite song from this album. I know I’ve talked about it throughout this whole article, I just really enjoy Ashley’s voice.

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I really enjoyed this album and band. I haven’t really listened to symphonic rock before other than Nightwish and Within Temptation, so I am still learning more about the genre. I watched a couple of their music videos to get a better feel for the band and their videos are just as impressive as their music is. I really can’t wait to hear more of this band! If you haven’t checked them out yet, I really suggest you head over to YouTube, iTunes, or wherever you listen to music and search for this band.

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