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Warbringer
IV-Empires Collapse

Company: Century Media
Release: 2013
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • An album that most metal bands dream of releasing



  • Warbringer is now out!

    I have three words to say about this release first off: pure fucking enjoyment! I have been a fan of Warbringer since their inception and have been anxiously drooling over the arrival of this album. I listened to the album three times through to get a good feel and I can say after multiple listens, this is the album that will define Warbringer. From the beginning of the opening track "Horizon", it's clear Warbringer have honed their skills and are poised to take the thrash throne for themselves. "Horizon" starts off with a seemingly laid back, beautiful acoustic intro. In 39 seconds the ambience is shattered by a metal shriek belonging to John Kevill. After the scream subsides, the band kicks in with their brand of thrash and immediately sets to separate your neck from your shoulders.

    Throughout the album, you are tossed around like a piece of raw hamburger thrown into a pack of rabid wolves. The album is a complete masterpiece from beginning to end. The song "One Dimension" with its anthemic chorus and punk-tinged thrash is sure to become a live show staple now and for future shows. "Hunter-Seeker" is an absolute rager that puts its foot to your throat and shows no sign of letting up. "Iron City" while a humorous track about drinking beer is still a quality song that can stand up to any of the other tracks on the album. The album wraps up with "Towers of the Serpent", a song full of all the thrash elements that make this band what they are and proves that this band is the real deal.

    This album has not stopped playing since I received it and I see no way that it will be replaced for some time. This is an album that most metal bands dream of releasing. It's groundbreaking, elevating and a surefire album to catapult this band to the top. This is an absolute must own for all metalheads out there. As if that weren't enough, following the release the band will embark on a short tour of the states supporting thrash legends Kreator and Overkill. This band kills it live and this is definitely a bill to spend some good, hard earned money on to see.

    Do yourself a favor...put down your controller and shut off GTA 5 and Batman and pick this up. You will thank the metal gods for ages that you have this album in your collection.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    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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    REVIEWER DATE
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