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Warmachine - The Beginning of the End - 2006 - Nightmare Records

Track Listing
Betrayed
Empty
Beginning Of The End >mp3
Safe Haven
Fate
Eternally
Forgotten Demise >mp3
Taunted Souls
Eye For An Eye
Dust To Dust
Apocalypse
A varied effort, this one. Warmachine are billed as "melodic power metal," which they certainly are, but also with a heavy dose of thrash when the band is at its best, and they are such on tracks like, "Betrayed," "Empty," and "Taunted Souls." It is on the title track that the bottom falls out and Warmachine tread into bland, mid-paced hard rock that does nothing for me. "Safe Haven" is a fine blend of both ends of the spectrum, with a fast 'n heavy verse and a hook-laden chorus, and then ďFateĒ and "Eternally," again wade off into Middleville, USA. That is much the story with the rest of The Beginning of the End.. there are ups and there are downs, and there are rare moments that are genuinely exciting.

I am a person that has been listening to metal forÖ has to be 25 years now. Iíve heard it all, folks. Occasionally, and I mean VERY occasionally, an album comes along that knocks me on my ass, but this isnít one of them. Iíve heard it before, Iíve heard it heavier, and Iíve heard it better. Maybe I am just a bit too jaded for my own good, but Warmachine do little to wet my whistle and The Beginning of the End sounds to me like a collection of the lame songs off the last handful of Annihilator albums. They can play, the guy can sing, but this is an album fated to drift off into obscurity with little or no waves. That is what happens when you donít rock the boat.


--Al Kikuras 05.09.07

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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