Released: Marc, Napalm Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
For those of you who have been following the career of Warbringer, you will be aware that this is their fifth album, and for those of you whos haven't been, you are now so informed. Established in 2004 they released their debut album "War Without End" in 2008, releasing three more before being signed to Napalm Records in 2016 and bringing us "Woe to the Vanquished" this year. Their last album "Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse", although a solid number by all means didn't overly inspire me to listen to it more than a few times, so it delights me to say that maybe a change of label was the impetus these fine chaps needed to give them the proverbial kick in the rear that we all need once in a while.
This is, for all intents and purposes, Thrash Metal, and Thrash Metal done exceedingly well. To me not such a huge leap from anything they have done before, but somehow more focused, almost as if they have decided to give it their all and to Hell with the consequences. And to Hell with those consequences indeed for like a finely tuned weapon of mass destruction they bring all instruments blazing. Machine Gun riffs laying waste to anything in their path supported by the artillery barrage of Bass and Drums flattening all who oppose, vocalist screaming orders over the fury and keeping the troops intent on their mission with snarling contempt for all life on earth. Heavy stuff my friends.
No point in dissecting this one like some morbid battlefield autopsy, if you're a Thrash Metal fan you are going to be bouncing off the walls and your fellow soldiers like a mad man, and if you're not, well maybe you bloody well should be and this may well be the album to change your mind. Having said the autopsy thing there are two tracks that do stand a little more to attention than the rest, but only just.
"Spectral Asylum" is a little more cautious on the pace, only a tad mind you, with a mid-section full of chunky goodness to remind you that this is what these warriors do best, and the final song clocking in at precisely 11 minutes and 11 seconds quite significantly - "When the Guns Fell Silent". If you need to be told what this song signifies you may want to go have a good hard look at yourself maybe... Brilliant.
That's a big yes from me. Great stuff.