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Left For Dead
June 2011
Released: 2011, Independent
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Aside from the obviously spectacular performances by the headliners, my trip to the Accept/Sabaton concert earlier this year bore unexpected fruit: the opening band was Toronto, Canada’s Warmachine! I didn’t know they were still around and not only that, have a new album out! I was a big fan of the band’s debut album from back in 2005, BEGINNING OF THE END as was disappointed at their relative silence over the last six years. That album was an extremely solid piece of traditional metal that was both heavy and catchy as all hell. Needless to say, I immediately made my way to the band’s merch booth and snapped up this gem.

After spinning this album countless times (does it still count as “spinning” when you listen on an IPod?), I’m thrilled to report that Warmachine is as good as ever. LEFT FOR DEAD is jam packed with more of the band’s hooky heavy metal, led by main man Joe DiTaranto’s clear and charismatic vocals. When the band opened for Accept, the new song “Moving On” was instantly grabbed by the crowd as a favourite with its direct and punchy riff; it wisely opens the album with bang. Each of the next ten songs is a textbook example of straightforward, no-frills heavy metal done right – there’s not a bad one in the bunch. The only criticism I can come up with is that there hasn’t been much progression since the band’s last album. With six years between albums, I would have thought there would have been some changes to the song writing, but that’s not the case. Then again, when an album is this good, I can’t complain too much.

As far as I know, LEFT FOR DEAD is only available for purchase on the band’s website, so I highly encourage you to get over there and check them out. A label needs to grab these guys ASAP, ‘cause they are definitely one of the best unsigned bands out there.
Track Listing

1) Moving On
2) We’re the Chemical
3) Chalk Lines & Bones
4) Alive
5) Fallacy
6) Too Late
7) Inevitable Crash
8) Loved & Lost
9) Forgive and Forget You
10) Left For Dead
11) A New Beginning


Joe Di Taranto: Vocals, Guitar
Johnny Salerno: Guitar
Alberto Campuzano: Bass
Adam Raymer: Drums

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