Aug 4 Release Music Reviews
"Enter The Arena" By Warbeast
Genre: Thrash Metal
Featuring members of Texas thrash metallers Rigor Mortis, Warbeast is another Texas based thrash metal band signed to Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Similar to Rigor Mortis, Warbeast plays heavily aggressive, speedy thrash metal with themes of war, violence, and occasionally mythical themes. Gruff vocals, thickly distorted guitars, and blistering percussion all mark the band's sound and makes for a very fun "meat and potatoes": thrash record. Tracks like "Orchestration Of Violence", "Maze Of The Minotaur", and "The Scalping" will definitely get circle pits moving but all in all Warbeast aren't doing anything you haven't already heard on Enter The Arena.
"Deadweight" By Wage War
Wage War's sophomore effort Deadweight is a practice in polishing the wheel rather than reinventing it. The band checks all the usual boxes for a modern melodic metalcore record. Scream the verses, sing the choruses, keep those guitars chuggy, and don't forget that breakdown! Bonus points if you have two vocalists! Which they do. However despite having all these tropes of the genre Wage War has crafted a strong record that reminds us of why so many people fell in love with the genre in the first place. The lyrics sport alot of positivity and the songwriting craft of the band is dynamic and entertaining. The title track is a hardcore classic, "Stitch" is a bona fide headbanger with no clean singing, and "Gravity" displays the bands talent for melody. Metalcore fans will find plenty to love on Deadweight and the album will no doubt keep Wage War on a path further upward.
"Infinite Punishment" By Get The Shot
Genre: Crossover Thrash
These Québécois punks have been at it since 2009. And with their latest offering, Infinite Punishment, the band shows their experience. A riveting mixture of metallic hardcore with heavy thrash, songs like "Hellbringer" and "Blackened Sun" bring the mosh with recklless abandon. In stark, strong contrast however, the band displays their more melodic side with the closing track "Den Of Torments" that features clean melodic singing.
"The Rise Of Chaos" By Accept
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
With the rise of the modern thrash movement and The Big Four all releasing well received albums recently the time is ripe for the classic metal innovators Accept to release this more thrashy offering into their modern discography. The band still holds many elements of their classic 80's metal sound. Most notably the big arena choruses and harmonies that frontman Mark Tornillo pulls of with shrill fury. The first half of the record features some legit lessons in shredding such as "Die By The Sword" and the title track. But there still remains some classic rock and roll sing-a-longs like "Koolaid" and "Analog Man". With this album Accept has manged to maintain their core sound without sounding too dated. Metal fans old and new will find something to enjoy on this record as Accept proves that even after an astonishing 40 years into their career they are able to create relevant, quality music.