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In Solitude

by Worwyk

Worwyk plays authentic heavy metal combining melodic, semi-technical riffs with scorching solos and aggressive vocals.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Preach to Me
5:14 $0.99
2. Right to Die
4:40 $0.99
3. No Emotion
4:27 $0.99
4. In Solitude
4:39 $0.99
5. Is It Life
4:22 $0.99
6. Cutthroat
4:08 $0.99
7. Creation by Design
6:12 $0.99
8. Anneliese
7:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
The final In Solitude CD sold recently and there are no more CDs in stock. So In Solitude is only available in digital download format since the CD is out of print at this point!

Worwyk (pron. war-wick) plays authentic heavy metal combining melodic, semi-technical riffs with scorching solos and aggressive vocals. The band is strictly a studio project, fronted by Tom Vitacco, a musician based in the suburbs of Chicago. Tom has been recording demo tapes and CD's since 1989, releasing music under the Worwyk moniker as well as his own name. After playing in a couple of local Chicago metal bands during the late '80s and early '90s, he decided to build a small home studio to record his own music and is still recording today.

In 2006, Worwyk began searching for a metal vocalist whose voice would fit the new tracks being written - someone with an aggressive, modern voice that was clean enough to be understood while rough enough to blend in perfectly with Tom's riffs. While online, Tom came across the band Dragonlips, which was also a one-man project band fronted by Mike O'Hara. Tom really liked the tunes and thought Mike's voice was exactly what he was looking for, so he contacted him to see if he would be interested in collaborating on the disc. Mike agreed to sing on the new disc and the collaboration turned out excellent.

The 2006 Worwyk disc, entitled In Solitude, features eight tracks of modern metal with an old-school vibe, perfectly complemented by Mike's aggressive yet comprehensible vocals. This is true metal to the core - great vocals, heavy guitars, thundering drums, growling bass and blistering solos with just a hint of keys for ambience. Lyrics that deal with modern issues - religion, suicide and human emotion. For fans of Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Death, Slayer, Iced Earth, Kreator...or really anyone into METAL!!!

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Allen Marcum of Rebel 81

Worwyk's Crushing new album.......
"In Solitude" to me is one hell of an album! Great guitar work, great vocals, all around great vibe! If you haven't heard Worwyk, wait no longer, order thier crushing new album today!!

Sunny mallory

Metal at its best
This is metal at its best, awesome vocals, heavy fat guitar riffs, drums with a driving beat, awesome bass Lyrics that make you think about issues right to life, religion,hard to deal with emotions.

Stefan (from Metal to Infinity webzine)

Regarding Worwyk's music, well I can tell you first off that it sounds just awes
METAL TO INFINITY - review of Worwyk's In Solitude

Maybe some of you out there are completely unfamiliar with Worwyk, so stay put and hear what I'd like to tell about the band. Regarding Worwyk's music, well I can tell you first off that it sounds just awesome! "In Solitude" is an album completed by only two guys with great results. Multi-instrumentalist Tom Vitacco is in charge for all the guitar work, drum programming as well as for all synth and bass lines...check it out, this is absolutely fantastic the way he handles all these instruments.

Busy making music since the late eighties to build up some impressive musical skills, Tom deserves a lot more attention than he gets right now guys. Don't wait to hook this guy up because he's a real genius and satisfaction is guaranteed for True Metal maniacs, the American way. Tom's only companion in the band is a guy named Mike O'Hara who joined the band in 2006, which means this guy is pretty new but within his might is a dynamic, raw kinda voice with style…Mike Munro (Meliah Rage) meets Dave Mustaine (Megadeth). Two brothers in Metal who have never met each other in real life, so the internet kept their collaboration alive and well.

Tom played/recorded all the music parts in his very own Schnozz Studios, sent them to Mike who sang all the vocal lines and then forwarded everything back via email. Mike finished the final touch with style in full professional mode. Well, some kind of strange history to create an album but that's the spirit. You want something, you get something but not without energy or courage you know. I've never heard of a collaboration making an album this way, but forget about it!

"In Solitude" is in the first place very unique, sounds real powerful/US Metal minded and has eight technical songs on board with a flammable production. The style of Worwyk's music to me is a blend of US Power and Thrash Metal, sometimes with a little bit of Prog influences. They're pretty original, not that easy to compare with other bands but more than worthy enough to spread the news that these guys delivering the goods!

Both US Power/Thrash Metal defenders, keep away from solitude and find yourself a way that leads to a band called Worwyk. Media, press and worshippers of great independent Metal music...spread the word and keep the underground scene alive!

MY POINTS: 89 / 100


Excellent new disc from Worwyk!
Worwyk began as a one man project by Tom Vitacco, a native of the Chicago area. For the third album, In Solitude, Vitacco searched throughout the vast reaches of the internet and eventually spotted Dragonlips, which just happened to be another one-man project fronted by Mike O'Hara. The search was not in vain, for O'Hara provides a vocal performance with enough harshness as to sit amongst the riffs with clarity, yet still maintains a certain level of melodic voice amongst the distortion. As with most one-man projects, the percussion is programmed, yet it is so well done with good mixing and effects that most flaws or tone problems are hidden so that it sounds like a live triggered kit. Vitacco's mixing and mastering skills are definitely on a professional level, as it sounds like a big-budget studio album despite being recorded in his humble abode.

Vitacco displays an aptitude for songwriting and musical performances with memorable arrangements in each song, and traditional yet still fresh heavy metal riffage. The songs sound like a mixture between '...And Justice For All' era Metallica, and Iron Maiden, yet also holds a bit of modern heavy metal influence as well. Keyboards are applied tastefully and in a subtle manner with a string ensemble in a few places, but the major focus of the music is the vocal performance, the crushing heavy metal riffs, and of course the solos - which were the last thing laid down by Vitacco, and one of the most enjoyable aspects of 'In Solitude'. Songs like "Is It Life" and "Creation By Design" are a great example of how guitar leads can make a song a lot better, yet the rare square-wave solo appearances of songs like "Cutthroat" and "Creation By Design" not only show the pleasurable advantages of such an element, but also the equality of Vitacco's musical skills with both strings and keys.

One man bands usually exceed the creativity of conventional full line-up groups, as the ability to experiment and explore musical directions and ideas is not as limited as it would be otherwise. Worwyk's 'In Solitude' is the creative excretion of two people who have been working in one-man projects for quite a while, and have the experience it takes to make something great. Worwyk is traveling down a path of musical greatness, and with each successive release, are honing their skills separately - as the collaboration unfolds over the internet - but surely.

CD Baby

If you like your metal heavy yet precise, overtly serious but not juvenile, and painstakingly crafted under the pretense that production isn't something that can be afforded to be overlooked, this riff heavy record will hit you hard. Blending the finest elements of heavy metal with a roughneck approach to speed and thrash, this duo(that's right) create an onslaught of strikingly melodic songs that don't skimp on any aspect. Taking full advantage of the fast tempo that affords them the space to really push the lyrics, these tracks are packed with dark commentaries on life and death, politics and passion, all growled with an intensity that is only bested by the layers of guitars. The other beast at work here is the production value, focusing on a real sense of recording quality and a mix that is absolutely integral to the powerful tones that these songs emit. With so many modern metal artists clamoring to simply get their stuff out there and allowing the results to suffer, it's a great thing to see somebody take their time and do it right. These songs will back me up on that.


It's good. Buy it!
If you love the old school speed metal/thrash than you'll want this. Beginning to end ass kicking. Cool riffs, great solos and choruses. A little bit technical, a little bit experimental with occasional awesome sounding synths thrown in for good measure. It's good. Buy it!


A solid mix of heavy metal and thrash metal
As many faithful metalheads may have observed, there appears to be a pandemic infecting the metal scene as of late. Bands (of alleged males, and I’m a midget from Indonesia!) in women’s jeans, mascara, and frilly scarves plagiarize riffs from bands ranging between At The Gates, In Flames, Kreator, Megadeth, Testament and Slayer. They mix the aforementioned riffs with predictable (formulaic may be a preferably apt adjective) song structures, profuse usage of hardcore breakdowns, terrible screaming (labeling such an abomination as throat vocals is a slap in the face to legendary metal vocalists) and whiny/girly emo vocals. This musical obscenity disguises itself and perpetrates the metal community with claims of being this generation’s Iron Maiden, Kreator and/or Megadeth. It has even reached such an excessive degree where I am afraid to check out any bands that claim to be influenced by classic metal bands.

So I recently heard of an American metal project called Worwyk. This one-man project, led by Thomas Vitacco, claims to play true metal in the vein of Iron Maiden and Kreator, and I must say, this is the real deal! The music presented in 2006’s In Solitude is a very solid blend of traditional heavy metal and modern Teutonic thrash metal. There are tempo changes, and the songs are somewhat technical, but there is a lot of focus on memorable song writing. The tempo of the album mostly sticks to a mid-pace, sometimes on the faster end of the mid-pace. The riffing, while quite heavy, remains rather melodic and epic. The riffs also work to create a certain dramatic effect, and powerful atmosphere. You will definitely hear a very strong Kreator influence in the rhythm guitar work. Thomas also makes very effective use of some synthesizers and acoustic guitar work throughout the album.The lead work is top notch. Classically inspired leads tear through the album. But while the solos are technically proficient, Thomas does not sacrifice melody and power.

Joining Thomas on In Solitude is Mike O’Hara taking over the vocal duties. His vocal style is different than what you might expect on an album like this, and it will take a little time to get used to. His vocals have a somewhat raspy whisper quality to it, and it is definitely different than most clean vocalists, especially for what you would expect on an album like this. But his vocals often invoke the certain feeling conveyed in many of the songs.

Some highlights include the catchy No Emotion, Is It Life, which is one of the album’s more technical songs, the instrumental Cutthroat, which is a wonderful mix of melodic and powerful riffs, keyboards, and top notch guitar leads.

But the main highlight for me is the final track on the album, Anneliese, a semi-power ballad based on the story of Annelise Michel (aka Emilie Rose), who was allegedly possessed and died soon after her supposed exorcism (this story had also influenced that crappy movie The Exorcism Of Emelie Rose, and Requiem, which I have not seen). Some tasteful keyboards, angelic, choir-like female vocals and a very effective guitar theme introduce this ballad. Where many bands tend to think a ballad just means a softer, cheesy, generic, pretty much a pop song, Anneliese doesn’t go in that direction. While it is softer and slower paced than the rest of the songs on the album, what really sets this song apart is the epic, powerful, emotional feeling of the song. Those qualities are what make a ballad worth writing or recording.

This album should appeal to fans of bands like Kreator, Iron Maiden, Metal Church, Jag Panzer, Destruction and the like. Probably one of the best comparisons I can make is to October 31. A solid mix of heavy metal and thrash metal, this album gets an 8 out of 10. Enjoy.


What a CD!
This is one brillant CD. I love almost all the songs and the CDs showing sgins of ages 3 weeks after i've brought it!!!

Must buy


Need to have it in your collection!!!
Wow!!! What a CD !!!Great guitar riff, great vocals. You just need it!