New rock and roll band, which is a side project of Mortification bassist Steve Rowe and former Mortification guitarist Lincoln Bowen.
Wonrowe Vision - Mission Invincible (Silver Bullet) 2010
Wonrowe Vision is a side project of Mortification bassist Steve Rowe and ex-Mortification guitarist Lincoln Bowen, along with drummer Andrew Esnouf. As might be suspected, the power trio purposely steers clear of the standard Morty death metal and thrash metal formulas and attempts to create something that is far outside the boundaries set by that band. What they end up with is a slab of guitar and bass driven rock and roll with a heavy 80's punk edge. Comparisons to early Motörhead are not completely far fetched. However, despite the comparison and the fact that this band doesn't sound like Mortification, this still very much sounds like Steve Rowe. His raspy, voice, his bass playing and his style of songwriting is immediately recognizable.
1. That’s Total Evil [studio version] (5:07)
2. Pictures [studio version] (3:13)
3. That’s Total Evil [live] (4:58)
4. Pictures [live] (3:42)
5. You’re So Kind, Yours & Mine [live] (2:59)
6. The Spirit of The Rock [live] (4:51)
7. Mission Invincible [live] (4:04)
8. Resident Spider [live] (3:52)
9. Vaporizer [live] (3:04)
10. The White Rock [live] (2:46)
11. Smile Your Way Through Life [live] (3:39)
12. I’m Not Afraid of the Dark [live] (3:55)
13. Pictures [1986 Lightforce Blue demo] (3:12)
14. You’re So Kind, Yours & Mine [1986 Lightforce Blue demo] (2:31)
15. 12 Men [1986 Lightforce Yellow demo] (3:17)
16. 12 Men [2004 Mortification version from the album Brain Cleaner] (2:16)
"The Pictures of the Past Present and Future" is the second release from Steve Rowe's latest project, Wonrowe Vision. The CDs title gives a clue of what to expect from the release. It is a compilation of sorts, starting with two newly recorded tracks. "That's Total Evil" is a brand new composition from Steve, while "Pictures" is a newly recorded version of a Lightforce demo song from 1986. The demo song is also included as a bonus track, as well as a live version. The two new songs bounce along with a big punk rock vibe that sort of falls somewhere between the Ramones and early Motorhead. Steve Rowe, mostly known for his death growls and Lemmy-like raspy vocals on Mortification releases, sings in a mostly clean voice on both tracks. These two songs are the highlight of the CD for me.
Tracks three through twelve are live songs recorded at a show titled The Metal Bible Launch. The show took place on December 20th, 2012 at the Central Club in Richmond Melbourne, Australia. The song selection is mostly taken from the band's debut release, which was also released on Australian label Silver Bullet Records. The band also played both new songs. Tracks thirteen through fifteen are 1986 demo recordings from Lightforce. The songs are included as bonus tracks and allow fans to see the transformation of these songs from their inception to now. The last song is Mortification's 2004 recording of "12 Men", which sits aside the 1986 Lightforce version of the same song. (This demo song also appears on the Lightforce "1986 to 1989" compilation CD.) As might be expected, the 1986 demo cuts aren't of the highest quality, but aren't horrid either. All three tracks feature female vocalist Phadrah Hirschfeld.
The album is packaged in a six panel wallet that also contains an 8-panel insert with photos, lyrics, etc.
The music contained herein is a far different from the heavy metal, thrash and death metal of Mortification. Wonrowe Vision is Steve's attempt to do something outside the norm, and allows him to explore his love of classic hard rock and punk, thus the reason these songs weren't recorded under the Morty banner. Wonrowe Vision might be outside the taste of some Mortification fans, but those willing to go outside the box might find this release to be a fun listen.