Warbringer – Worlds Torn Asunder

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Worlds Torn Asunder
Century Media
As stated a few times on this blog, I’m a mega-thrash fan. And by such terms, I should be a huge fan of Warbringer. Initially, such a relationship was promising. I was gripped by their track ‘Total War’, which is absolutely devastating. The debut release ‘One By One The Wicked Fall’ was a cracking EP and should have been a sign of things to come. Sadly, I have to say, ‘War Without End’ wasn’t quite the stunning debut I’d hoped for, and ‘Waking Into Nightmares’ was indeed the awkward second album which a lot of up-and-coming bands seem to trip over, as it didn’t really impress me or strike me as an improvement on their previous work. So is album number three, ‘Worlds Torn Asunder’, finally the album to convince me that Warbringer are the full package?

Well, it’s certainly a marked improvement. Although not drastically different by formula, ‘Worlds Torn Asunder’ marks Warbringer at their most focused yet, and the quality of the album runs through most of the record as opposed to the odd-track here and there. It begins impressively with pre-release track ‘Living Weapon’, featuring some solo-heavy action courtesy of guitarists John Laux and Adam Carroll, and ‘Shattered Like Glass’, ‘Wake Up…Destroy’ and ‘Treacherous Tongue’ are all satisfyingly heavy, ferocious songs and crucially, a step up from past albums.
There aren’t many signs that Warbringer are willing to progress beyond delivering face-melting apocalyptic thrash, but on ‘Echoes to the Void’ and closer ‘Demonic Ecstasy’, they do inject a modicum of progression into their sound, the latter in particular sounding befitting of its title as vocalist John Kevill beckoning the hounds of hell with his aggressive, raspy voice.
I still don’t see the signs there that Warbringer are yet to progress beyond delivering feral, apocalyptic thrash, still appearing in thrall to classic acts like Kreator and Sodom. But when done properly, it can be a good thing, and on this occasion, Warbringer have delivered the best release of their career so far. There’s still room for improvement and for progress, but equally, there’s plenty in the meantime to get your thrash kicks from.
Peter Clegg

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