California thrash upstarts Warbringer have returned to settle the score and cement their long term legacy fully with sixth album Weapons of Tomorrow. "Firepower Kills" probably ought to open all their future shows, just a complete stage setter for chaos. "Crushed Beneath The Tracks" and "Power Unsurpassed" in particular show this band would have ruled 1988 with ease and contain maximum neck injuring/ fist pumping potential (along with notable Slayer-worthy wraith shrieking). I am not 100% on the semi-thin snare sound but it hardly distracts the band's performances are all monstrous on this bad boy. Exodus, Annihilator fans or of course fans of more new school speed thrash bands should get all over this one. \m/
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“Where do an Israeli band tour? Lebanon? Syria?
I don’t think they would welcome a metal-band… without decapitating them for being anti-religion.” – Yakir.
There will be more pro peace movement in the world. I believe it is possible if we focus on that energy.
Many people across the world have fought over religion or land disputes or what is taboo. Some days it is real disagreement and other times it is a thin veil to stir up outrage when beneath the surface are business concerns to go into a country and get natural resources, when we ought to be instead focusing on energy efficiency.
If the GOP are right (get it, “right”?) and their version of God didn’t create Climate change, we have nothing to worry about. If, as it seems, God did create free will and allow us to sin and pollute and have consequences that may damn us, destroying the planet just might be a side-effect of the sin of pride, you dumb asses. Perhaps we should use God given critical thinking and investigate climate change as…just a potentiality. Since we live here and all? But maybe we’re screwed anyway…Cuz if on the offhand it is a vengeful Old Testament God, we might be fucked either way.
Even if governor Chris Christie was well intentioned on Sandy clean up – hard to know for sure, now that his manipulation of everyday people via the bridge scandal – his denial of Climate change means he is not serious enough on the issue. we love to say Guliani was great after 9/11 and do these weepy sixty minute specials…that’s your job! And then you say you never politicize patriotism? But we never get to the root of real terrorism issues. Same with climate. Y’know what? there wont be room for all the Sandy-type post hurricane weepy humanitarian testimonials because storms will be too frequent. Watch Years of Living Dangerously!!! In thirty years most of the US could be as hot as fucking Arizona.
Anyway, I want to say that we all need to get along. We are out of wiggle room. There is no more room for territorial war, whatever side you fall on. We also often take too much for granted as humans in the modern age.
Today I was talking to Israeli thrash band Hammercult‘s Yakir Shochat via Facebook IM. He had the dignity to apologize for not having some guest answers to a piece done for me yet, because his band has been in an area currently under heavy fire. These people have a minute warning between when an explosion could happen, and just 15 seconds in the South. And this man has the grace, a dude in a thrash metal band, to apologize for not being able to email me sooner. Think about that the next time you complain your band doesn’t have enough places to play in town. Or other concerns that a band with gusto and team work could overcome. We are getting spoiled as a quick fix culture. Thankfully many people are waking up.
Our conversation was cut short because he had to run and take cover from incoming danger several times and check on the safety of his friend.
Here are some outtakes from my chat with Yakir today. He wanted me to be certain to tell readers that he doesn’t think he is better than bands from elsewhere because of his troubles, but rather that he is simply listing logistical issues.
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Ok, boys and girls, girl boys and boy girls. In Metalcore there are certain truths. New England and German Metalcore is still the best, though the Aussies do a pretty fair job of it these days (sans a penchant for some shitty melodic vocals here and there). Cali and West Coast lags behind due to an insistence to still bite on 18 Visions dicks so hard it distracts from what once made 18 Visions cool (but there are a ton of more crust/thrash minded bands out that way who are fucking better than almost anything else here I’m mentioning). Southwest, Texas and Latin America pretty much rule, with bands like Seeker, Powertrip and Xibalba being so heavy they don’t even count as Metalcore.
But yeah, then you get a Florida based band like Evergreen Terrace and they can consistently be the only good news to ever come out of Florida besides occasional death metal flashes of a return to greatness. Do Evergreen get enough love despite years and years of touring and great albums? Shit, they have an album called fucking Wolf Biker!!! Give them love!!! They are like Shai Hulud or Bleeding Through in that they are quite popular and yet still somehow underrated. Granted, the boys are on a great label these days with Rise and have a big European summer tour, but they worked like beasts for it all when less deserving bands blew past them over the years.
In that spirit of dedication to what matters, let’s host a Metal Riot Metal Core contest. Please go to the corresponding contest post I’ll post to Facebook and leave comments or write us about who, if anyone, is a really deserving Metalcore band who aren’t that well known…and we will give them some press or an interview or some shite here on out humble, horns throwing web site. Ok? Good. I am already biased and thinking about just writing a whole bunch about how awesome We Are Triumphant Records are, so sway my mind if you’ve got a better idea.
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