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Warbringer - One By One the Wicked Fall - 2006 - indy

Track Listing:
1. Total War
2. Shoot to Kill
3. Hell on Earth
4. The Road Warriors
5. Beneath the Waves
Coming on the heals of the NWOBHM, Thrash metal was a powerhouse style the late 80s from bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Metal Church, Anthrax and the German bands Destruction and Kreator. It prowled the late 80s underground like a sullen beast while the hair bands partied through the scene above. A second set of bands--Testament, Overkill, Forbidden, Heathen, and Holy Terror--were there for the thrash connoisseur.

Warbringer is a time-transplanted, old-school thrash assault with a dual quality that is rarely achieved--it's both out of control and precise. The big drums and twin guitar attack is rapid, highly-skilled and for 24+ minutes it speeds along at a pace that is just about to go off its hinges into a chasm of wreckage, but they hold it all together with youthful vigor. It retains it's lowbrow feel with garage gang-chants and the venomous spews of lead vocalist, John Kevill, aside the rather loud production. Rather than taking an anti-establishment route, they cover the traditional topics of war, killing and more war, a fairly limited topic range that is acceptable with a short EP. Hopefully, Warbringer will show us more of the talent they have and bring their battle prowess to more fields.

Century Media took notice and recently added the band to it's roster and what a great pick up it was.

Bottom Line: Break out your bullet-belts and fire your guns!


Rating: 4



--Nailer
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: WARBRINGER
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
IV-Empires CollapseWarbringer
2013
Greg Watson11/1/2013
One By One the Wicked FallWarbringer
2006
Frank Hill8/17/2007
Waking Into NightmaresWarbringer
2009
Greg Watson4/16/2010


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: WARBRINGER
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Woe to the VanquishedWarbringer
2017
Greg Watson3/27/2017
Worlds Torn AsunderWarbringer
2011
David Loveless10/14/2011


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: WARBRINGER
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
John KevillWarbringerGreg Watson3/23/2012


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