Released: 2008, Battle Cry Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Warcry, which was founded in Mühlacker, Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 2001, have been on the war march since then. They have already released one album (BLACK STEEL in 2005) prior to their latest effort, IN BATTLE FOR VENGEANCE, but under a different band name, Heiligs Blechle, which was supposed to contain 10 songs of traditional metal - also including a cover of an old Running Wild song, "Chains and Leather".
IN BATTLE FOR VENGEANCE continues Warcry´s crusade as the true torch bearers of heavy metal, but there´s actually a bit more in their sound than just pure heavy metal worship, I think. The music turns out to be quite straightforward, simple and raw heavy metal that has been spiced with some elements of speed metal - and even black metal (it´s Martin "The Almighty"´s harsh, a bit of Venom´s Cronos-like vocal parts that occasionally bring in that effect to their sound). The band has devotedly listened to their Maiden albums (like all of us) - that´s for sure, but these young metal warriors have also dipped an arsenal of their weapons in the same tank where bands like Venom and old Running Wild have sucked their vital blood from, for their own musical mass destruction. It´s all good stuff - and each of their song on IN BATTLE OF VENGEANCE, has some true headbangable value in them - some more than others, but still...
Without any further proof of how they are like, I just say Warcry are quite a lot of fun to listen to, and I believe their debut album will find its way to many of our metal heads´ homes within the coming months. Besides the label´s info kit says IN BATTLE FOR VENGEANCE is dedicated to real metal, so how can you go wrong with it? ;o)