Warbringer: “Woe To The Vanquished” Album Review

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Warbringer: “Woe To The Vanquished” Album Review

Warbringer have been one of the leaders in the “re-thrash” revolution since there signing in 2004. They have released three albums in that time span, and all three have similar qualities. My biggest complaint with them is that the band have always played it fairly safe and haven’t danced outside the genre. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed parts of each album, but they get that “same-y” quality after listening to them in their entirety.

Woe To The Vanquished introduces a new chapter in Warbringer history. It still harnesses the great thrash qualities of the past, but it brings forth a more outside-the-box mentality to the songwriting. “Silhouettes” breaks out in true thrash fashion, taking a page directly from old school Exodus and Testament. John Kevill has an incredibly unique tone to his voice, and he really harnesses his power well here. The title track continues the bludgeoning, and guitarists Adam Carroll and Chase Becker lay down some serious riffs with a solo here that is impeccable. “Remain Violent” is an all-out thrash fest for the ears and senses! It reminds me of old ’80s Exodus. Everything about this song fucking crushes. I love it! “Shellfire” picks the pace back up to blistering. Drummer Carlos Cruz really shows his talents here. “When The Guns Fell Silent” is an 11-plus minute opus that takes you out of the album in grand fashion. It goes through tempo and mood changes, and it really showcases the talents of Warbringer.

Warbringer have their best album ever with Woe To The Vanquished. It’s a great listen front to back, and I can’t wait to hear some of the new songs live!

Woe To The Vanquished is out March 31 on Napalm Records. Buy it here!

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Jason's Rating
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  • Lyrics
  • Heaviness
  • Overall Impression
4.8
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