Warbringer
Worlds Torn Asunder


4.0
excellent

Review

by HeyBrosef USER (1 Reviews)
September 26th, 2011 | 26 replies | 10,109 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Warbringer, a revivalist thrash metal band, have been generally well received by critics and thrash fans alike. What is it about Warbringer that sets them apart from the rest of the revivalist pack? Their music isn’t innovative and it isn’t anything different or new, yet somehow their music sounds just as fresh as the classic thrash metal bands of the 80’s.

After two albums of modern thrash metal, Warbringer drops their new album, “Worlds Torn Asunder.” One may get the impression that they might have changed up their sound a little bit on their third album, considering they’re a fairly new band and their first two weren’t much different from each other. Maybe they would get bored of the same old formula; maybe they hadn’t found their final niche yet. To the contrary, this is where they feel at home: on the chaotic, war torn battlefield of thrash metal. All of the same characteristics are in play here: the cheesy, rhymed lyrics about death, war, and the apocalypse, the shredding guitars, and the hyperactive drums. So why, after three albums with almost no variation, does this album not sound tired and rehashed? Some bands can get away with this, and it is only because of two reasons: stellar songwriting and a youthful passion and vigor for making music that they love. That is what makes it sound fresh. There are a handful of bands that can keep beating on the same dead horse for years and still make great music because of those two attributes, and Warbringer have them in spades. I was convinced after hearing their second album that a third one would be a snooze fest of monotony if they didn’t change something, anything. But after the first two tracks on “Worlds Torn Asunder” blasted by, I was proven wrong.

The songs themselves are very similar to each other. In fact, this album might have the least variety out of all three of them. Sure, that sounds like a bad thing, but in this case it helps the album. They keep the momentum going nonstop with almost no breaks. It makes you feel like marching into battle with the band. Frankly, it will pump you the *** up. “Worlds Torn Asunder” could almost be compared to a good summer movie: little depth made up with thrills and some damn good fun. The best riffs of their career are on this album, shredding their way through song after song with the harsh vocals keeping up with the fast pace, pushing and forcing apocalyptic imagery into your mind. There is one instrumental, “Behind the Veils of Night.” It’s a thrash metal album, so it must be some throwaway acoustic interlude, right? Wrong. Yes, it’s an acoustic interlude, and they even use a piano, but for the first time while listening to an interlude for a straightforward metal band, I feel like it actually added something to the record. It’s a decent piece with some nice progression that doesn’t sound like it was thrown together in a couple minutes.

The drums are still tight as ever, but the best thing is that they don’t sound like a machine. The drumming sounds very human, and the excellent production makes the drums stand out without drowning out all of the other instruments, and you can hear each and every cymbal crash, every snare drum punch, and every kick drum kick with perfect clarity. The production gives the album a slightly gritty and grimy feel. It’s definitely modern sounding and clear, but it’s got a little edge to it.

If after all of this praise and no criticism, you’re asking, “Why is it only a four if it’s so good?” the answer is simple: it’s been done before, it’s nothing new or different, and it’s something we’ve all heard before. And to put it bluntly, I don’t think an album with those attributes should go much higher than a four, especially if there is not any effort whatsoever to make something different. Its greatest characteristic is also its flaw.

If you decide to give this a listen, don’t go into it expecting it to blow your mind with fancy innovation or progressive passages or artsy lyrics and songwriting. Expect it to blow your mind with sheer velocity and force. Just have fun with it. Turn up the volume and throw up the horns while you head bang away to this magnificent thrash metal. This is Warbringer’s best album to date.


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HeyBrosef
September 26th 2011



296 Comments


this is released tomorrow but there are official streams on a couple websites.

Ovrot
September 26th 2011



10488 Comments


is this really that good?

Digging: Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene

AfterTheBreakdown
September 26th 2011



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will be buying this tommorow.

jayfatha
September 26th 2011



2883 Comments


Damn I want to hear this

HeyBrosef
September 27th 2011



296 Comments


"is this really that good?"

depends on where you stand on modern thrash.

hatahs
September 27th 2011



139 Comments


Killer live band too.

BlackLlama
September 27th 2011



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent. I really enjoyed their first 2 efforts. They slay live as well, they opened up for Overkill here during the Ironbound tour... that was a sick show!

AfterTheBreakdown
September 27th 2011



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I saw them open for Vader once. Really good live band.

unkiedave
September 29th 2011



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Having grown up on thrash metal, I can tell you this 3rd Warbringer full length has as much quality, sick riffage and neck wrecking goodness as any of those early to mid-eighties bands ever did. Style is 86% thrash, with a sprinkle of death metal and maybe just a touch of doom. Varied enough to remain interesting spin after spin. Awesome.

HeyBrosef
September 29th 2011



296 Comments


umm, theres no doom at all. i can see what you mean when you say theres a little death metal sprinkled in there, but theres no doom.

Carnifex
October 1st 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I don't hear the doom on here either, just like you said thrash with some minor tinges of dm here and there. Pos'd the review.

CakeWithCream
October 11th 2011



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, I'd give it a 4.25 but unfortunately we don't have that rating so I'll give it a 4. This album is awesome, especially the first 6 tracks

BlackLlama
October 11th 2011



1638 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent thrash...

CakeWithCream
October 11th 2011



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Retro thrash done right

Carnifex
October 11th 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First half rules but the second half is meh imo. Dunno, might give this another listen. Might bump it up to a 3.5 if its good.

AfterTheBreakdown
October 11th 2011



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree. The first half is miles ahead of the second.

CakeWithCream
October 11th 2011



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Treacherous Tongue is awesome, and I love the outro too, but Savagery is an alright track

Vehemont
December 11th 2011



6 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album but gets weaker as it goes imo....... as you guys stated above. The first four songs fire on all cylinders than something happens, it losses some steam.

AfterTheBreakdown
December 11th 2011



7108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

their older albums are better

CakeWithCream
December 11th 2011



1021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they're all good



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