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Warbringer
Woe To The Vanquished
May 2017
Released: Marc, Napalm Records
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

For those of you who have been following the career of Warbringer, you will be aware that this is their fifth album, and for those of you whos haven't been, you are now so informed. Established in 2004 they released their debut album "War Without End" in 2008, releasing three more before being signed to Napalm Records in 2016 and bringing us "Woe to the Vanquished" this year. Their last album "Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse", although a solid number by all means didn't overly inspire me to listen to it more than a few times, so it delights me to say that maybe a change of label was the impetus these fine chaps needed to give them the proverbial kick in the rear that we all need once in a while.



This is, for all intents and purposes, Thrash Metal, and Thrash Metal done exceedingly well. To me not such a huge leap from anything they have done before, but somehow more focused, almost as if they have decided to give it their all and to Hell with the consequences. And to Hell with those consequences indeed for like a finely tuned weapon of mass destruction they bring all instruments blazing. Machine Gun riffs laying waste to anything in their path supported by the artillery barrage of Bass and Drums flattening all who oppose, vocalist screaming orders over the fury and keeping the troops intent on their mission with snarling contempt for all life on earth. Heavy stuff my friends.



No point in dissecting this one like some morbid battlefield autopsy, if you're a Thrash Metal fan you are going to be bouncing off the walls and your fellow soldiers like a mad man, and if you're not, well maybe you bloody well should be and this may well be the album to change your mind. Having said the autopsy thing there are two tracks that do stand a little more to attention than the rest, but only just.



"Spectral Asylum" is a little more cautious on the pace, only a tad mind you, with a mid-section full of chunky goodness to remind you that this is what these warriors do best, and the final song clocking in at precisely 11 minutes and 11 seconds quite significantly - "When the Guns Fell Silent". If you need to be told what this song signifies you may want to go have a good hard look at yourself maybe... Brilliant.



That's a big yes from me. Great stuff.
Track Listing

1 - Silhouettes
2 - Woe to the Vanquished
3 - Remain Violent
4 - Shellfire
5 - Descending Blade
6 - Spectral Asylum
7 - Divinity of Flesh
8 - When the Guns Fell Silent

Lineup

John Kevill - Vocals
Adam Carroll - Guitar
Carlos Cruz - Drums
Jessie Sanchez - Bass
Chase Becker - Guitar


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Warbringer
Woe To The Vanquished
May 2017
Released: 2017, Napalm Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

L.A. thrashers Warbringer are back to tickle your senses once again with WOE TO THE VANQUISHED. Warbringer have that throwback thrash sound which they tend to blend with a bit of blackend/death metal. It hasn’t seemed matter which direction that Warbringer leans more towards, what they do works well.



Since their inception, and with each release, I have always hoped for something a bit more. I really like the fact that they do tend to stay close to the classic thrash stylings of old with trying to make it too modern or polished. WOE TO THE VANQUISHED is a good thrash offering without straying too far from what they have become known for.



The album starts out strong with the catchy trashiness of “Silhouettes”. “Woe To The Vanquished” is a pleasurable listen which finds that blackend style that is not always an easy blend to pull off by many acts. Warbringer have the ability to pull this off. The real gem on this release for me is “Remain Violent”. It is a hard and heavy thrash anthem. It is tracks like this that are meant for the pit. The next few tracks are equally as impressive as the rest. That is until we come to the eleven minute closer to the album “When The Guns Fell Silent”. There is nothing better on any album then a good track that doesn’t seem to end. If it’s a good track, why would you want it to end? This is a descent one that seems to be misplaced in the track listing. It is a good track, but to me, it doesn’t seem to hold the weight of the rest of the tracks. Maybe if it was higher up in the lineup, it would make a bit more sense. WOE TO THE VANQUISHED takes you on an insane thrash-fuelled ride from start to almost finish and then politely lends you hand at the ending of the ride with the album closer. A closer once again that is not a bad track, just misplaced.



Warbringer are doing their part offering up some of today’s newer thrash metal. Something many acts have or are having a hard time doing. I would like to give kudos to Warbringer for yet another fine album. Now do your part and check this one out.
Track Listing

1 Silhouettes
2 Woe to the Vanquished
3 Remain Violent
4 Shellfire
5 Descending Blade
6 Spectral Asylum
7 Divinity of Flesh
8 When the Guns Fell Silent

Lineup

John Kevill - Vocals,
Adam Carroll - Guitar
Chase Becker – Guitar
Jessie Sanchez - Bass
Carlos Cruz – Drums

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