War of Ages
Eternal


4.5
superb

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
April 28th, 2010 | 54 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: War of Ages manages to improve their sound and re-ignite their music


Every band goes through stages. Some, like Radiohead, make drastic changes to their sound and either win or lose fans; others like August Burns Red, tend to stick to the same formula, always making good records, but never achieving that “it” that makes it stick. War of Ages manages to do this, and do it well on their newest record Eternal.

Coming into this record War of Ages had released four records (one of which is a re-release of their self titled debut) and had made a name for themselves with their technical guitar work, and uplifting vocals. As much as I have enjoyed their other albums I knew that they needed to make some progress on this one, and lo and behold, they did. Right from the opening song Collapse, you are greeted with clean vocals. Yes guys and gals, clean vocals from War of Ages, and great ones at that. The lead vocalist shows off his surprisingly good singing voice to go along with his screams. The vocal work on this album is much more varied then on previous albums, and really gives a nice sound. Guest spots from Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying)on Desire, Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.) on Eternal and Josh Gilbert (As I Lay Dying) on Lack of Clarity give even more vocal variety and set the tone for a great record. Back is the technical and melodic guitar work, showcased on every track, such as Desire, the Fallen, and the album closer Instrumental. The duel guitar assault really is the highlight of War of Ages. From melodic solos to blistering riffs, the guitars rip through all ten tracks on Eternal.

For as much as I love this record, War of Ages is still plagued by the one problem that has hampered them throughout their career: the drumming. For as much as the guitars shine and the vocals are sturdy, the drumming is just not up to par. It is proficient enough, but does not stand out much on its own, and really tends to just be forgotten in the listening experience. This is the one piece of the puzzle that prevents War of Ages from being a great metal band instead of just a good one.

If you can look past the inadequate drumming, this is still a stellar record. War of Ages does what few metal bands do and actually improves immensely by adding good clean vocals and still maintaining that sound that they are known for. Eternal will have you rocking for all ten tracks and has great replay value, something most metal records tend to disregard. I highly recommend Eternal for you if you have listened to War of Ages before, or if this gets you to check them out.



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WhiteWallStargazers
April 28th 2010


2647 Comments


This is surprisingly good. . love WOA but was not expecting it to be this good

Thor
April 28th 2010


10202 Comments


The only album of theirs I have is Pride of the Wicked and I thought it was painfully average

Digging: Black Crown Initiate - The Wreckage of Stars

cvlts
April 28th 2010


8984 Comments


I just might have to pick this up.

WhiteWallStargazers
April 28th 2010


2647 Comments


I guess I'm a little biased because I've always loved their sound. Not sure who does the clean vocals on this album that aren't guest spots. . . anyone know?

bloc
April 28th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review nigg, but this album disappointed me.

shortone323
April 28th 2010


883 Comments


Dayum. I guess I should check this out. Liked some stuff off their previous releases.

Anyway, review is good but its a bit short (not a bad thing) and it lacks detail. If I hadn't listened to any of their previous material, I wouldn't have a good idea of what this sounded like.

WhiteWallStargazers
April 28th 2010


2647 Comments


Why didn't you like it Bloc? Heard any of their other albums?

bloc
April 28th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Of course I have Nick. I loved the two albums before this, and although Eternal sounds so similar to them, there's just something missing that I can't explain.

WhiteWallStargazers
April 28th 2010


2647 Comments


Really? I love all their stuff, but I thought they needed to change it up a bit and I thought they did, unlike ABR, but to each their own I guess haha

Still think the drumming holds them down

bloc
April 28th 2010


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I guess you could say War of Ages is too consistent.

WhiteWallStargazers
April 28th 2010


2647 Comments


funny, thats exactly what I think about ABR haha

BigTuna
April 28th 2010


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty sure the cleans are the main vocalist. This has some awesome riffs, but is kind of generic overall. I used to love War of Ages but find them a bit boring now.

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Zip
April 28th 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yar this were a fun album

ianjulian
April 28th 2010


637 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no no no good album

Zip
April 28th 2010


5312 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

FUN

Parallels
April 28th 2010


6643 Comments


cover = final fantasy xii

WhiteWallStargazers
April 28th 2010


2647 Comments


Cover = Oblivion

feedhertothesharks
April 28th 2010


144 Comments


good review man sick album

Emim
April 29th 2010


26675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I want.

jrowa001
April 29th 2010


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this album is legit. theyve improved their sound just enough (not a whole lot) to keep me intrigued. might bump to a 4



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