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Warbeast: Krush the Enemy
Thrash Metal
Housecore Records
April 27th, 2010
Release length: 44:52
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Warbeast originally formed under the name Texas Metal Alliance to perform a benefit concert for Hammer Witch bassist/vocalist Wayne Abney back in 2006. Since then, the band has continued on to record original material, originally only playing cover songs. In 2009, the band changed their name to Warbeast, and bring us their debut full-length album, Krush the Enemy, an old school Thrash assault featuring members from many well known and respected Metal acts Rigor Moris, Malignancy, Cauldron, Gammacide, Warlock, and Demonseed, making this act a well respectable supergroup that leaves you expecting great things. Luckily, the act doesn’t fall short of those expectations.

Krush the Enemy is an intense Thrash release that features some great Thrash in the vain of bands that helped create the style. Much like the titles name depicts, the music on this release is crushing with intense guitar riffs and drums, and a rough, borders shouting vocal style that works well with the release. The release also has a bit of a Pantera feel musically and in the vocals, but that could also be contributed to the fact that Phil Anselmo of Pantera fame recorded the album, and that it’s also released under his label, Housecore Records. There are plenty of songs the come at you either at a faster paced, like the aforementioned track “Scored Earth Policy” which is easily the best track off the entire effort, to slower songs like “The Controller”. The closing track “We Are The Vultures” is another great track that really stands out with the way the band performs the entire song, making it seem to build up as if telling a story with a little more layering in the song’s structure then other tracks topped off with a great guitar solo and some audio samples that work with the lyrical structure.

There really isn’t anything wrong with the album. Each track on here has a somewhat unique sound to it. The most diverse one off here that is a bit iffy would be the track “Stalker”. The song is well done and sounds great, but it doesn’t quite have the same kick as the rest of the album and feels a little weaker in comparison to tracks like “Scorched Earth Policy”. But, that’s ok, the song is still enjoyable and will take a few listens to grow on you just because of how odd it sounds compared to songs like “Krush the Enemy”, which is essentially a street brawl-ready anthem track that gets your blood boiling right from the start. The downfall of this track would be the mock-breakdown utilized near the end that seems to disrupt the flow of the song for a bit and really doesn’t do anything except extend the life of the song a little bit. A guitar solo would have been a little more fitting instead, but it would have had to match the impact that the song has in the first place. Some of the slower songs on here can also feel a little weak through simple sounding guitar chords, such as “Self Will Run Riot”, leading these types of tracks to sound a little repetative the more you listen to the album, not to mention once in a while you’ll get songs that feel a little drawn out, like “Unleashed”, that also will start to wear thin, mostly through prolongued exposure to the album.

This release is a highly enjoyable Thrash effort from Warbeast that has great replay value. You will probably go through stages with this release, as after the first run through it may not quite retain that sparkle since there’s not really a lot of originality to the music, or complexity, but after time you’ll find yourself throwing it back in and remember what made Krush the Enemy such a great listen that first time. While this isn’t the most jaw dropping release and does have a few small kinks to work out, the faster, heavier songs on here greatly make up for these issues, and time will definitely heal any and all wounds. Warbeast have put out a very convincing first release, showing off the group has the drive and ability to create some great old-school Thrash tracks that will make you want to just put your fists through the nearest wall or start a random mosh wherever you are, making them a band to keep an eye on.

01. Krush the Enemy – 4:31
02. Unleashed – 3:51
03. Self Will Run Riot – 4:54
04. The Plague at Hand – 4:36
05. Blackened Heart – 3:45
06. Scorched Earth Policy – 3:28
07. Guardian Angel – 4:29
08. The Controller – 4:19
09. Stalker – 5:42
10. We Are the Vultures – 5:16
Overall Score: 7/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.