Make way for the modern thrash metal titans Warbringer. This California based thrash band has been around since 2004 and has been slaying the scene ever since. The band is releasing their new album “Woe to the Vanquished” on March 31st 2017 via Napalm Records. Can the 5th album in their career carry the weight the band has put on them selves from prior releases? Can we say it’s time to cement Warbringer’s place on the “Big 4” of modern thrash? Let’s find out!
You’re damn right it’s time! This band just puts out great music, album after album. That doesn’t stop with ‘Woe to the Vanquished’. The legacy lives on! It’s an amazing time to be a fan of thrash metal. Testament, Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth all of recent releases. But let’s not just talk about the old school guys. We have a new wave of thrash metal on the horizon. Band’s like Havok and Warbringer are now established and taken their respective places in a new age of thrash. Like I said, if you like thrash, you’re having a great string of releases. What we have in Warbringer though, is a band that doesn’t settle with anything less than perfect. ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ is prime example this. Not a single weak point. Not a single “skip song” moment. This record has everything we could ask for in a thrash record. The bullet speed guitar, slow and heavy tracks, intricate guitar work, epic solos, shrill screams, aggressive yells. There’s no two songs alike. A couple songs that stand out to me are “Remain Violent”, “Woe to the Vanquished” and my personal favorite “Divinity of Flesh”. The song “Divinity of Flesh” stands out so much because it is so unique and different from the rest of the album. There’s a slight hint of (don’t hang me for this comparison) black metal in the intro, a little bit of an old school thrash vibe with some of the vocals and crazy solos. What a great song. I love the way it’s structured. The whole album is structured quite well, a perfect pace of fast to slow ratio. It slows down when it should and picks back up when you’d want it to. It feels very natural. We are getting a little lengthy into this review but I have to talk about one more song, “When the Guns Fell Silent”. This song is a quarter of the first album long. 11:11 in length. Quite the risk for this band. It starts of slow, heavy and methodical. It just keeps building us up throughout the whole track. This song has a crazy sense of atmosphere. I found my self getting lost within it, in an almost dazed state as I listened to it. This risk paid off and it leaves the band some options for big set pieces in the future.
This record is an astonishing 10/10. There’s nothing I would change about this in any way. The ride is well worth the price of admission. Best Warbringer album yet. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
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