War Without End
The best of the new breed of thrash
There's been a lot of talk in the last few years about the resurgence of thrash within the metal scene, particularly with the emergence of acts such as Municipal Waste, SSS (Short Sharp Shock) and Merciless Death, and the resurrection of classic acts such as Exodus, Death Angel and Testament. But for all of the attention the above mentioned acts have brought to the thrash metal cause, I doubt they'll have an impact on the scene as much as Californian (Newbury Park) outfit Warbringer.
After the demise of Zombie (Who only managed to release a split E.P. with Sacrificial Blood in 2006), vocalist John Kevill, guitarist Adam Carroll and drummer Ryan Bates decided to focus their attention on Warbringer. After a couple of line-up changes (in the end settling on guitarist John Laux and bassist Andy Laux) and a well received independently released E.P. (2006's One By One, The Wicked Fall), the band eventually signed up with Century Media Records for their debut full-length effort War Without End.
Beginning with the sounds of a warring battlefield and a speed induced solo on Total War, it doesn't take long to figure out that Warbringer are very much the real deal in terms of delivering old school thrash. The speed is certainly there (Especially in the chugging riffs throughout and overall tempo), and the vocals from Kevill are as close to Kreator's Miland 'Mille' Petrozza as you can get, both of which give the band a very authentic feel of the classic thrash era. The production, handled by Bill Metoyer, whose credits include Slayer, Dark Angel and D.R.I., gives the band a modern sheen, but without losing any of the feel the band are clearly aiming for.
There's not a real lot that can be said about the album (Comprising of ten tracks, and the uncredited instrumental A Dead Current) that differs from the opening track. But having said that, tracks such as Combat Shock (The first promotional video clip filmed for the album), Systematic Genocide, Hell On Earth, Instruments Of Torture and Born Of The Ruins definitely showcase the best of what the band have on offer.
There's a lot of acts on today's metal scene that many have claimed have recreated the classic thrash sound of the late '80's/early '90's. But for my money, I'll go as far as to say that there isn't a single band that comes as close to being the real deal as Warbringer.
(Century Media Records/Stomp Records Distribution)