|Review: No Remorse No Retreat - Warbringer|
Label: Iron Age Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)
This is the second album from No Remorse No Retreat and they want to stay as unknown and kvlt as possible. The reason that I say this is because their teeny tiny label (seriously, a Myspace page as your official site...) and the fact that you can't even know the names of the band members or even if this is a one member band. Clearly, they don't give a fuck about anything as this British band plays Heavy Metal with war and Vikings as their favorite lyrical themes. As expected from a band of this type, they have a certain charm and roughness about their music that might appeal to some. For me, Warbringer is just one album among many that has its moments, but they are few and far between.
First the good: their attitude, they just go about their business without anyone telling them what to do. Their singer employs a very raspy and grave voice, almost like Death Metal, strangely it enhances the music. The production is raw as the band does not count on a Metallica-type budget but it is good enough (think of Venom instead). Then there is the bad: the guitar tone. For a metal band, it is weak and the lack of variety of the riffs doesn't help either. The songwriting talent is average as every song blends together with one another making it difficult to distinguish them ("War Age" is an exception to this).
This band has potential and while they are not terrible, this isn't an album that I get too excited about, in fact I forgot about it about 15 minutes after I listened to it. No Remorse No Retreat has a simple approach to their songs and that is a good thing. However, they have to improve significantly to achieve a great status in the underground. Until then they be just another band among many, but then again that just might be what they intended to do all along.
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