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Review: Warrior Within - In Light Act II
Warrior Within
In Light Act II

Label: Independent
Year released: 2020
Duration: 20:25
Tracks: 4
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 1/5

Review online: March 22, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
In Light Act II

Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

Since returning as a more active reviewer to The Metal Crypt, I have only reviewed albums I had previously heard and enjoyed. This will be the first one that I knew nothing about going into it.

Warrior Within is a Thrash Metal band from Australia. They have been active in one form or another since 1992, which surprised the hell out of me. Not because of the perseverance it takes to keep going that long, but because how bad this actually is. I take no joy in pissing on someone's hard work, but there is no other way to describe this other than it's simply bad. The song "Constrictor" starts off a pretty standard thrash riff and you are like "OK, not bad. This might be interesting to see where this goes." The problem is, it doesn't go anywhere. That same riff just keeps going on and on and on. It would be fine if the riff was really interesting, but it's really pretty basic. The riff stops at roughly the 2:50 mark and goes into what I guess would be their version of a breakdown section? Then at 3:20 it suddenly speeds up for a guitar solo which is also pretty basic paint by numbers. The section feels really out of place as it even sounds different from the rest of the song from a production standpoint. It sounds like it was recorded somewhere else and edited in at another time. I know this happens all the time, but it shouldn't be noticeable, and this is VERY noticeable. The second song, "Rat Race" follows the same structure but adds some pretty laughably bad lyrics. Two very distinct riffs. The first one leads to a slower section once again for the solo that sounds like it was recorded somewhere else and shoehorned in. The second half of the song is a pretty good riff, but it seems like they thought so as well and played it to death while repeating the same lyrics over and over. The last two songs I won't go into, but they are also pretty forgettable.

I would normally expect this to be a demo of a very young band from the late '80s or early '90s. I'm just glad this was only an EP and not an hour-long full album. My luck is I shit all over this album and in 5 years they become the biggest metal band on the planet. I'm willing to bet I'm safe on this one.

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