Fight
War Of Words


4.0
excellent

Review

by NightmareCinema16 USER (36 Reviews)
November 11th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of Rob Halford’s great post-Judas Priest efforts.

It’s safe to say that Rob Halford was at a high point when his metal band, Judas Priest, came through with a super powerful metal album, Painkiller. Where else could he possibly go? To many people’s dismay, he left the band due to suspected tensions with the group. However, where he would go next would be his voyage of discovery into the deeper boundaries of heavy metal. This voyage would become the result of Fight’s debut album, War of Words.

There are so many advantages to what Fight has in War of Words, many of which came from Rob Halford himself. He continues to sell his vocal performance very well and doesn’t sacrifice too much power from his previous work, Painkiller. He seems to have some influence on the other band members as well. Scott Travis, also another Judas Priest member, brings his drumming skills onto this album very positively, which only helps to create a darker, more metal-like sound. Brian Tilse, Jay Jay, and Russ Parish sometimes play like they’re learning from the ways and properties of what Judas Priest was during its Painkiller days, and they also sound good when they play their music.

War of Words wasn’t all about what was from Judas Priest. It was actually, for the most part, about what Fight did. It definitely seems like the music that pre-ran and influenced today’s heavy metal bands. Fight also establishes more methods of metal music to follow and model it in a neat display of power and passion, and fury. Take the time to pay attention to the deeper heavy metal guitars, dirty riffs, impressive solos, and the singing that Halford does. It all tends to reflect what Fight is about.

Fight does a fairly fine job incorporating the concept and the lyrics into the album. The lyrics aren’t too furious sounding, yet they still hold the heavy feel necessary for an album to sound very good. Although there are times when Halford seems like he’s going a little too far, he certainly controls his vocals pretty well. On the other hand, I may miss his high screaming.

Most of the songs on War of Words are overall a great reflection of what metal should be. One piece that represents the album the best is the last song, Reality, A New Beginning. It is immediately welcomed by grinding guitar riffs, heart pounding drum beats, and brilliant vocals. After finishing the first five minutes, there is a long wait of silence. This was a silence that could have been just shortened somewhat, just because after a while it gets boring. But when it seems like forever, then BAM! Fight is back to pounding metal and sends a spinal tap up to your brain through tearing guitar solos. The vocals from here on to the end of the song sound a little bizarre, but in the end, the final track is otherwise a brilliant piece of epic proportions. There should also be some appreciation for a few other great tracks, such as Into the Pit and Nailed To The Gun

In the end, Rob Halford didn’t lose very much. He simply took a different approach at heavy metal and tested it with a different group to see if it worked. In other words, this album feels almost like an experiment. This was an experiment that brought in the several variables and principles, mostly from Judas Priest and many other metal groups. Finally, it was simply just another interpretation of what metal music is about, one that would certainly define the particular genre of the decade. Regardless, this experiment was mostly a success.



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NightmareCinema16
November 11th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm surprised there wasn't a review for this. Whatever, I was reading through it more carefully, so hopefully this review makes more sense.

WhiteNoise
November 11th 2012


3253 Comments


I'm pretty sure Satchel from Steel Panther was the Guitarist on this...

NightmareCinema16
November 11th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Satchel is Russ Parish's stage name. I just checked on that a few minutes ago.

NightmareCinema16
November 11th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So yes, he was on this album.

PsychicChris
November 11th 2012


217 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love this album so much. Fight is underrated as hell.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2012


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pos.

I was thinking of reviewing this some time, but now I can erase this album from my list :-D

Awesome album.

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2012


4456 Comments


I havent heard this yet and I suppose I really should. Rob Halford is great. POS'd.

NightmareCinema16
November 11th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I think you'll probably like this one. Halford didn't lose much flavor or style from Painkiller.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2012


7127 Comments


Good job man, have a pos

NightmareCinema16
November 13th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, man. I tend more content to talk about in higher rated reviews. I think that may change with time and experience.

TheNotrap
November 17th 2012


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Basically this was Rob's attempt to capture Painkiller's vibe with younger guitarists.
Reality – A New Beginning is my favourite track here.

Good work, have a pos.

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NightmareCinema16
November 19th 2012


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks.

BigPleb
March 15th 2014


37857 Comments


Fuckin Satchel m/

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