Warbringer
IV: Empires Collapse


3.5
great

Review

by Macaroni Maniac USER (28 Reviews)
November 4th, 2013 | 25 replies


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Holding steady in the upper echelon of re-thrash.

2013 has been a troubling year for thrash metal enthusiasts. Many albums released by respected bands have been somewhat disappointing, such as the stale Super Collider or the monotonous Unnatural Selection. Fortunately, it has not been all bad. Empires Collapse is solid proof that, though it may have lost some steam in the year, the thrash revival is still going strong. Warbringer's fourth release, the album sees more of the same, with some experimentation thrown in, with interesting results.

The strengths of the band are still just that, but they seem to have refined the formula used for their song writing. While one of the issues of the earlier albums was a lack of variety, leading to the album losing momentum. Fortunately, there is enough to distinguish each song from the last, and what the album lacks in originality, it makes up for in quality. Warbringer are not re-inventing the wheel, rather making little touches upon what has been proven to be successful. It ultimately pans out well, as the album is easily digestible. Tracks such as the frenzied Scars Remain showcase the band at their zenith, unleashing every strength the band has into one absolute flurry of quick, brutal prowess.

Something refreshing to see is the band attempting to experiment with their typical sound. While each track is still definitively Warbringer, there is a greater variety in tempo and tone. While earlier releases offered no break from the unrelenting speed, this album seems to switch up the overall pace nicely. Tracks such as Turning of the Gears take a middle of the road pace, and these slower tracks space out the chaos well. In addition to new tempos, the band has also tried taking a somewhat less serious approach to their music. Much of the album features a lighter guitar tone, which works in some cases, such as the stellar Off With Their Heads!, but sometimes feels jarring. For example, the track Iron City is all about simply partying and playing some heavy metal. It's all fun, but the issue is the placement. It is merely the second track after the aforementioned Scars Remain, a track which focuses on the dark side of rock and roll, such as drug addiction and bodily harm.

In making small adjustments to their established sound, Warbringer has created an album which should be enough to satisfy most fans that have been following the band from the beginning. However, the greater variety in the album has helped them greatly, and while it doesn't always work out as well as it could, it still makes for an entertaining listen which may open the band up to anybody that was previously turned off by the dark, brooding nature of the band.

Highlights:
Hunter-Seeker
Scars Remain
Off With Their Heads!



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Mister Twister
November 4th 2013


1815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was a bit surprised this hadn't been reviewed yet. Trying to shake off the rust.

This thing took a while to click, but it's pretty cool.

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slidenslip
November 4th 2013


1016 Comments


have a pos, hunter seeker rules looking forward to hearing this

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2013


6563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was just about to review this album. In any event, nice review. I like the swing you took at Unnatural Selection.

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trainofconsequence
November 4th 2013


1442 Comments


solid album

Mister Twister
November 4th 2013


1815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I couldn't resist saying something about Unnatural Selection XD

I do strongly recommend The Brutal State by Exarsis though, as I put in my recommended section. Easily my AotY, absolute tech-thrash goodness. You should review that in lieu of this :o

CaptainDooRight
November 4th 2013


30334 Comments


band is quee

bloc
November 4th 2013


35024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really enjoyed this

alachlahol
November 4th 2013


7515 Comments


band is a bit better than asking alexandria its true

emester
November 6th 2013


4378 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty damn good if I say myself

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Owantjaaaa
November 20th 2013


3405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

only thrash I like
except for municipal waste

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BigPleb
November 20th 2013


37953 Comments


lol

Digging: Arc Iris - Arc Iris

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2013


6563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

That's sad bro.

Owantjaaaa
November 20th 2013


3405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:]

Mister Twister
November 20th 2013


1815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you like Municipal Waste, you should check stuff like Fog of War or Dr. Living Dead, it's similar style.

NonApplicable
December 10th 2013


2012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not really feeling a lot of this album

Mister Twister
December 10th 2013


1815 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Truthfully, I took a while to get into it at first. It grew on me over time.

Vakarian12
February 2nd 2014


3925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bought this on a whim, never even heard of them before

glad I did, this rules

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014


6563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nah. WTA is by far their best work, this one is really meh.

tempest--
February 3rd 2014


14628 Comments


nah their first album is their best

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014


6563 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's pretty close. I just think WTA has more standouts and is more consistent. First album is a good listen, though.



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