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‘War Without End’
(Century Media)

If you have so much as a passing interest in contemporary metal, you should be aware that we are currently in the midst of a rather exciting thrash revival; with bands like Evile, Municipal Waste, Fueled By Fire, and SSS breathing new life into a genre renowned for its aggression, warp-speed riffing and chaotic live performances. Now welcome Warbringer; five young guys from Los Angeles, whose debut album suggests that 2008 will be a vintage year for thrash.

‘Never judge a book by its cover’, they say; but you’ll be pleased to hear that the contents of ‘War Without End‘ are as impressive as the gloriously OTT cover (see above). These guys rip through the likes of ‘Total War‘ and ‘Hell On Earth‘ with brutal speed and precision, and vocalist John Kevill is blessed with a particularly potent, rasping scream. And if you’re still not convinced, then you might like to know that legendary thrash producer Bill Metoyer was on production duties for this particularly enticing slice of aural carnage. He’s done a damn fine job, too.

Derivative? Perhaps. Invigorating? Definitely. Check out ‘Dread Command‘ on the link above.

Alex Gosman