Following the masterpiece that is Woe to the Vanquished, Warbringer continue to strike hard and strike fast on Weapons of Tomorrow.
Warbringer are a Californian Thrash metal band who formed back in 2004, and who have been one of those bands that really led the revival of thrash in recent years along with the likes of Havok and Municipal Waste. Their last album, Woe to the Vanquished, brought them a huge amount of attention and was heavily praised throughout the community as being one of the best modern thrash records. Weapons of Tomorrow is like a sequel to it in that it’s everything that Woe did so well with even more to love.
Warbringer’s lyrics have always centered around conflicts and wars, and that continues on here with songs like “Power Unsurpassed,” about the dangers of nuclear war, and “Notre Dame (King Of Fools),” which is about a rejected leader who turns to isolation. I’ve always considered Warbringer one of my favorite thrash bands in terms of lyrics because the different stories found in every song are so gripping and the detail is so perfect I can’t seem to get certain lines out of my head.
There are ten tracks on Weapons of Tomorrow, and each one is better than the last with hard hitters like “Unraveling”, seven-minute-long epics such as “Defiance Of Fate,” and the perfectly named final track “Glorious End.” This album has everything you could want out of a thrash record, from killer riffs to powerful vocals to everything else that makes thrash such a wonderful genre of metal.
I could really talk about Warbringer and Weapons of Tomorrow forever, but it can all be summed up with the band’s own lyrics, “With speed and power unsurpassed”. I heavily recommend this album.
Weapons of Tomorrow is out April 24 on Napalm Records. Pre-order it here!