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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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