In my past review I was talking about the revival of thrash metal, here is another solid example of new age thrash, that has been rocking my ear drums these past five years.
Warbringer was formed in 2004 out of Ventura, California. The band’s lineup for this album consists of John Kevill on vocals, Andy Laux on bass, Carlos Cruz on drums, John Laux and Adam Carroll on guitar. They are currently signed to Century Media Records.
This album seen the departure of bassist Ben Bennett and drummer Nic Ritter, who were apart of 2009’s “Waking Into Nightmares” album. Instead we seen Andy Laux make his return, a long with newcomer Carlos Cruz.
- Living Weapon *
- Shattered Like Glass *
- Wake Up… Destroy *
- Future Ages Gone
- Savagery *
- Treacherous Tongue *
- Echoes from the Void
- Enemies of the State
- Behind the Veils of Night *
- Demonic Ecstasy
- Sacrifice [Bathory cover]
- Execute them all [Bonus track] *
Since their debut album “War Without End” in 2008, I felt that they have improved with every single release to date. They’ve gone through lineup changes with each album, but despite that they’ve continued to put out solid records.
Without question my two favourite tracks from their previous albums were “Living in a Whirlwind” and “Prey for Death” Those particular songs are what caught my ear many years ago. It’s safe to say I have a soft spot for them, but that’s not to say there aren’t songs that come close in this latest output.
There are three songs from their latest release that could rival those previously mentioned favourites. Track numbers 1, 3 and 12 are the highlights of the album for me. “Living Weapon” was a great selection to kick off the record, it was intense and it laid the foundation blocks to a fantastic release. If you were lucky enough to have access to the bonus track “Execute Them All” you were in for a treat. It has a very catchy guitar riff that most metal enthusiasts can appreciate. This is not one of those throw away bonus tracks that you get from bands/artists. I highly recommend you listen to this one.
A milestone was reached as this is the bands longest album to date, running at 44:58 minutes (excluding the bonus track). They included some lengthy songs in there with three of them over five minutes long, which is a first for the band. Singer John Kevill is just as intense as ever on this record, he sticks close to his metal influences. It’s now been two years since their best album to date has been out, I fully expect to see another record in the near future for this outstanding metal act.
7 songs placed on iPod
5 songs left off iPod
* – Indicates the songs placed on my iPod.