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Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder

Label: Century Media
Format: CD download
Released: 2011
Reviewed By: Rich Catino
Rating: 8/ 10


Third album from these Los Angeles thrashers, and it’s a pretty darn good one. I think a lot of these bands from the younger generation of Thrash are great; Lazarus A.D. Bonded By Blood, Mantic Ritual, Evile, Gamma Bomb, and Havok are my favorite. Problem with several of these names is they lack (maybe it’s in their future?) the variety the originators, more so Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, and Testament than Slayer and Exodus, had, both in vocals and arrangements. That said, Warbringer seems to be working on more with this album. Good for them.

 

‘Living Weapon’ and ‘Shattered Like Glass’ are an awesome crushing one-two punch to open things up. Its old school thrash Testament/Overkill/ Kreator style all the way and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m also hearin the Kreator influence in ‘Wake Up Destroy’ especially in the vocals. ‘Future Ages Gone’ is what I’m talking about in variety with a slower opening and a building to the main riff and pounding aggressive delivery was a good move. The switch in tempo changes and a melodic lead section work well. Solid composition. Very Testament in nature. ‘Savagery’ also benefits from the less harsh beginning before it all comes to a head just about a minute in. ‘Treacherous’ is as nasty as its title, straight forward attitude and uncompromising juxtaposed with the melodic lead section in the ride out. The short acoustic opening and leads to ‘Echoes From The Wind” (see also ‘Behind The Veils Of the Night’ instrumental) are a page out of the Forbidden handbook and I love the mid tempo beat change ¾ through. These guys are doing well trying to mix up the arrangements. ‘Enemies Of The State’ is back to making a b-line to the mosh pit.

Good stuff with some forward thinking. Maybe next time some of the vocals don’t have to be so harsh all the time? See Chuck Billy from Testament.

 
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