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Warbringer - War Without End

Warbringer is a relative newcomer on the thrash scene and a clear exponent of the thrash revival which is currently flooding the market. Thrash is getting more and more in the picture and every label tries to get a piece of the pie. With every new trend in the metalscene there are bands who really understand how to play and bands who are typical trend followers. To which party does Warbringer belong?

War Without End is the debut album of Warbringer and it brings thrash metal which is firmly rooted in the old school thrash with elements of the Bay Area (Slayer is clearly a big influence, not only music wise but also lyrically) and elements of the first wave of German thrash bands (old Kreator is coming to mind, though John Kevill doesn´t sound anything like Mille).

Warbringer doesn´t bring anything new to the table, though they bring it with lots and lots of enthusiasm. The tempo of the songs is high and I´m glad that the guys understand that a thrash album doesn´t have to be longer than 40 minutes. Because of the short playing time, you won´t get bored quickly. Would the playing time be a bit longer, then the listener could get bored. The songs tend to sound the same, because of the similarity in the riffs and structure of the songs

This similarity is something that Warbringer needs to work on, if they want to continue their growth, which is of to a good start with this release by the way. Also John Kevill has to vary a bit more with his vocals. It´s sometimes a bit too uniform. Variety isn´t something that the thrash scene is known for, but an increase in riff-diversity and sometimes a different approach in the song writing could bring Warbringer to a higher level.

I think that the potential is there. War Without End is a nice debut album and definitely worth listening too. I´m curious if they can develop their sound in the narrow thrash scene or that they will expand to other musical styles.

Warbringer - War Without End
76/1001Details Century Media
Released on Monday Feb 25th, 2008

Writer @Neurotic on Thursday Feb 21st, 2008

Tags: #Warbringer
Tracklisting 1. Total War
2. Systematic Genocide
3. Dread Command
4. Hell On Earth
5. At The Crack Of Doom
6. Beneath The Waves
7. Instruments Of Torture
8. Shoot To Kill
9. Born Of The Ruins
10. Combat Shock
Line up John Kevill – Vocals
John Laux – Guitars
Andy Laux – Bass
Ryan Bates – Drums