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War Of Ages
Return To Life

Company: Facedown
Release: 2012
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: EC

  • Maximizing the genre's ability



  • War Of Ages have been quality and quantity since 2002. I've enjoyed five albums thus far from the Pennsylvania natives and each record shows more and more progression to perfection. "Return To Life" could be the band's best record to date, a perfect blend of hardcore vocals and cleanly sung melody. Few bands can pull this sort of thing off considering how over exposed metalcore has become. War Of Ages are brilliant, never really stepping out of a comfortable zone but maximizing the genre's ability to combine heavily stroked riffs with a stirring sense of melody.

    Fans of Shadows Fall and Killswitch Engage probably already know War Of Ages and if they don't then they really should. Tracks like "Redeemer" and "Psalms" serve up heaping helpings of Killswitch Engage styled metalcore, both just waylaying the competitors with a tight crunchy rhythm, hardcore vocals and clean singing melodies. "Fallen Idol" is a real standout, lots of clean singing and a recurring "We Are The Children Of Promise" sing along chant that is pretty effective and addictive. Vocalist Leroy Hamp is similar to Shadows Fall's Brian Flair and musically the band run the tables on thrashy rhythm, crunchy groove and melodic scale playing that occasionally results in a flashy lead.

    This is an album full of riffs that are more groove-oriented yet still possess enough melody to make them uplifting. The band continues the positive songwriting like previous records. I really believe this is their best work to date and most definitely the best sounding recording courtesy of Zeus (Shadows Fall). The band is consistently on the road so look for them in your town.


    About this Writer:
    Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

    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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    Return To LifeWar Of Ages
    2012
    Eric Compton4/1/2012


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