Warbringer
IV: Empires Collapse


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (50 Reviews)
November 14th, 2013 | 9 replies | 631 views


Release Date: 10/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, Warbringer’s fourth album is a small step from their first three but the variety results in what may be their most accessible release.

As indicated by the more intriguing cover art and the absence of a “W” title, Warbringer’s fourth album is a stylistic game changer. Guitarist Jeff Pots and bassist Ben Mottsman have been recruited from Mantic Ritual and the band is finally acting on the experimental side that has been bubbling since Waking Into Nightmares. Fortunately, this album’s mix of the familiar and unfamiliar keeps it from being a stylistic train wreck.

While Empires Collapse is a thrash metal album to the core, it seems to combine the genre with several others throughout. “Horizon” and “Towers Of The Serpent” show off extreme metal riffing, “The Turning Of The Gears” has a pounding rhythm reminiscent of classic Ministry, “One Dimension” and “Iron City” have some punk influence, and things go to a doomy pace on “Leviathan.” The variety does run the risk of inconsistency but the album stays cohesive and is their most song-oriented release to date.

It also helps that the band dynamic hasn’t changed a bit. Even with the member swaps, the guitars have a solid crunch and the bass heavy approach from Worlds Torn Asunder has been retained. There’s also vocalist John Kevill’s performance to consider; say what you will but it just wouldn’t be a Warbringer album without his Mille Petrozza style shrieking.

But with the changes on here comes the hunch that they could’ve gone into an even more grandiose direction with this effort. The songs on here are all well written but there’s nothing that quite matches the epic scope that was predicted on tracks like “Demonic Ecstasy” and “Shadow From The Tomb.” It also would’ve been cool to see another one of their instrumentals at work but the closing acoustics on “Horizon” do capture a similar feeling.

Overall, Warbringer’s fourth album is a small step from their first three but the variety results in what may be their most accessible release. Some may dispute the changes but they do keep the album from sounding stagnant and don’t affect the band’s presentation all that much at the end of the day. Other bands like Megadeth and Testament made better albums under similar circumstances but Warbringer may have had one of the smoothest transitions.

Highlights:
“Horizon”
“The Turning Of The Gears”
“One Dimension”
“Leviathan”
“Towers Of The Serpent”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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bloc
November 14th 2013



34667 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't know there were Mantic Ritual members on this. No wonder it rules.

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2013



4711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review, but this album didn't do anything for me. To me, it was the same exact thing Wargringer have been releasing except more predictable and with more filler tracks.

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Mister Twister
November 14th 2013



1493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You missed the best tracks, man :c

PsychicChris
November 14th 2013



206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I contemplated putting Hunter-Seeker and Iron City somewhere in there.

Mister Twister
November 14th 2013



1493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Still would have missed the best tracks. To be honest Iron City is probably the worst Warbringer song I've heard.

tempest--
November 14th 2013



12569 Comments


Gotta check, their debut is their best

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2013



4711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"To be honest Iron City is probably the worst Warbringer song I've heard."

Quite the understatement there, Twister.

Mister Twister
November 14th 2013



1493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It could have worked, but the placement in the album just ruins it. Swap that with Black Sun, Black Moon and it works fine. Comes just before Scars Remain, so it can be like Iron City is a naive youngster just joyriding and having awesome parties, then it leads into Scars Remain where he deals with the consequences and has to fight back addictions and illness.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2013



4711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Idk man, Iron City is just laughable to me. I don't think any decent band or any decent album could make that song work.



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