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Hmmm.... I was thinking for very long time how to describe this marvelous album without using words "amazing", "astonishing" or "awesome". After many hours of listening to this album I found out that it is quite impossible. That album will devastate your ears, kick ass and punch your nose into your head. "War Without End" is one of best thrash metal albums of 21st Century. Possibly it shall be laso reckoned as one of the best metal albums ever.
First of all - it is not average product of so called "new wave of thrash metal". Tracks on this release aren't boring. Every one of them is exceptional. The album is full of catchy and thrashy riffs, choruses and solos. Tracks don't sound the same - you will not find here same themes reapeted to boredom, which is usual among all this new young thrash metal bands from all over the world. This is the proof that you can still make fresh songs in thrash metal, forfeiting hitting empty E string all the time. Furthermore, songs aren't written in common scheme "Verse - chorus - verse - chorus - bridge - solo - chorus - chorus", it's obvious that those guys have spent a lot of their time to master their compositions. Very good lyrics, shredding riffs passing directly into fast flaming solos, furious drums, tempo changes, great vocals... 100% pure metal. Another positive thing about Warbringer's songs on this album is that there is easy to sense many subtle influences of classic metal bands. Not only thrash metal but also traditional NWOBHM, death metal and even some early black metal.
Production quality is very high. Producer done excellent job. Guitars' distortion sounds very good, heavy enough, but not to escess. Drums fit perfectly. Sound of basses, toms and, first for all, snare, is excellent - nothing irritates here. Luckily also drummer came up to standard - he really knows how to drum in thrash metal style, and he is also very creative. Just see how many drum bridges are on this album! Aggressive harsh screaming vocals fulfill greatness of Warbringer's debut LP. Vocalist has awesome voice, a bit Petrozza-styled but not entirely. Fortunately John Kevill has his own charachteristic voice and he is not Petrozza's clone.
On this album it's easy to sense which metal bands were inspirations for Warbringer, but I honestly assure you - neither riff stealling or primitive mish-mashing styles have happened here. I recommend this album to every thrash metal fan - Warbringer is in strict lead of new thrash metal wave. Even if you don't fancy this recently appeared thrash metal trend you will notice potential and greatness of Warbringer's debut