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