Warbringer
War Without End


4.0
excellent

Review

by damagedmike USER (4 Reviews)
February 5th, 2008 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Headline reads: Today in southern California archeologist uncovered a previously unreleased album from 1985. The music is in the (newly revived) thrash metal genre by a band named Warbringer.

or

5 youths from Ventura, California finally develop a working time machine. It's not a Delorean, but a rusted out '80 Ford Econoline Cargo Van.

I started listening to thrash metal in its original heyday...even then I was a little late. It was around 1987 that I first started with Metallica and from there it quickly led to Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament and Slayer. I was totally into the big 5.

So imagine my surprise and delight when 5 kids from the L.A. area come along and closed the circle on what has been the thrash metal revival. Warbringer's War Without End is the closet anyone has come to replicating the music of the time without sounding like cheap rip-off artists. Everything thrash was and was meant to be has been captured here. The true spirit of the music has finally been fully revived and is alive and well. Producer Bill Metoyer, who, in the '80's, produced many of the early albums by several now legendary thrash bands (including: Slayer, D.R.I., Sacred Reich, Hirax, Fates Warning, Trouble and Flotsam and Jetsam) has dusted off the control board, cleared the cob webs in the old studio, found some analog tape (you can't tell me they used digital recording equipment, Pro Tools, on this) and got back to the business of recording metal old school style. The sound of the album is much like the raw and straight-for-the-throat production heard on pre-Rick Rubin era Slayer albums. Holy crap this is good stuff. Hopefully it will show some younger metalheads to how it's really done. Just the sound of the album alone cries '80's all the way. This point cannot be overstated or underscored enough. I haven't heard drums like this on a new album in a long time. Drummer Ryan Bates doesn't use any triggers here folks (or if they did use them, Metoyer unlocked the secret of how to do so without sounding like it). The rhythm section, anchored by bassist Andy Laux, is reminiscent of the Kill 'em All days. There are riffs aplenty from the guitar duo of Adam Carroll and John Laux that will remind you of early King/Hanneman, Hetfield/Hammett, and Holt/Hunolt. Want solos? No fear John Laux has just what you've been craving. Vocalist John Kevill rounds things out perfectly with his own version of the thrash metal snarl in a classic Tom Araya sort of way.

I'm sure there will be plenty who say this album lacks in originality and there is nothing new or exciting here. To them I say, you've missed the point completely. This is some pure, honest to goodness thrashing fun. I predict that Warbringer is going to be big. Being such a young band (most of them aren't even of legal drinking age) I expect they will have a long career. I don't think this one album is a fluke nor will they suffer from the sophomore effort curse that has plagued so many (since they have gotten so much stronger than their powerful self-released EP, One By One the Wicked Fall). As long as they stay true to the heart of what is their music (like Slayer) and don't change (like Metallica) they should enjoy much success.


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Zoo
February 5th 2008


3759 Comments


Grant is going to eat you alive.

Essence
February 6th 2008


3587 Comments


He sure is...

Thor
February 6th 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fuck I was going to review this.

Awesome album though. I saw these guys on Friday and they're one of the best bands live metal bands I've ever seen. Their singer is an absolute maniac.

AngelPhoenix
February 6th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The two tacks up here are pretty badass. I love the cannon shot in Combat shock lol. This reminds me of Skeletonwitch, only with an emphasis on heaviness instead of speed. Not that these guys aren't fast (I mean, come on, it's thrash lol), but Skeleton is a bit faster, but less aggressive. Gonna check this out soon. Good review mike.

south_of_heaven 11
February 6th 2008


5438 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Grant is going to eat you alive.


I'm confused, why would I :confused:

This is a pretty decent review. You talk about how aggressive it is, but never really provide examples to back it up.

Anyway, album kicks ass. It's just kinda repetitive. I'll probably review this soon or something.This Message Edited On 02.06.08

Confessed2005
February 6th 2008


3314 Comments


This looks pretty sweet. It is a cool band name too.

Zoo
February 7th 2008


3759 Comments


[quote=south]I'm confused, why would I[/quote]
I figured you'd be pissed he reviewed it first especially since it's been you promoting this band for a while now.

FR33L0RD
February 8th 2008


1464 Comments


new thrash to explore

xNOSFERATUx
February 19th 2008


8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome band, Good review..

Pebster49
February 26th 2008


2993 Comments


"As long as they stay true to the heart of what is their music (like Slayer) and don't change (like Metallica) they should enjoy much success."

Amen...This seems something I would like, im not too much of a fan of thrash but by the samples on itunes, then listening to the two tracks up there, they seem sweet.

playguitar
March 7th 2008


36 Comments


Boo

Generic thrash riffs, sloppy drums, mediocre lead work, generic vocals, average production.

To put it simply there is absolutey nothing unique or that stands out on this album. This bands work doesn't come close to the music released in the heyday of thrash and is no different from the million different clones around today.

This band won't last.

Illska90
March 12th 2008


15 Comments


I think the bass drum sounds triggered.
It's way to clicky to be compared to Hell Awaits or Reign In Blood at least.

edit: I'm judgeing by the samples on this siteThis Message Edited On 03.12.08

jrowa001
March 16th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

finally listened to this album, very good thrash. excellent guitarwork on this

ikillyou9times
April 9th 2008


117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the guitar is just mindless shredding during the solos, power chords and speed picking everywhere else. but then again, it is thrash. cd gets really repetitive, but live they are real intense and bring alot of energy. makes you wanna fight and shit.

ikillyou9times
April 9th 2008


117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh, and the reason you havent heard drums like this since the 80's is that metal drummers have since discovered technique and not random thrashing body movements while smacking metal disks around. maybe thats why its called thrash =0

ikillyou8times
April 14th 2008


7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

im so clever

HenchmanOfSanta
July 5th 2008


1900 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review really could be condensed into sound off form and not lose much. It's a good album. I want to slam it for being derivative, but thrash is probably the genre with the least originality out there.

moltenlava
July 5th 2008


312 Comments


I have this. And, while it certainly doesn't measure up to the recent Testament and Exodus albums, it's still not a half bad early effort from a bunch of slackers.

Thor
October 21st 2008


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Combat Shock still rules.

AngelPhoenix
October 22nd 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

To put it simply there is absolutey nothing unique or that stands out on this album. This bands work doesn't come close to the music released in the heyday of thrash and is no different from the million different clones around today

For once a noob is onto something.



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