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Review: Warpath - Damnation

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 39:17
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: October 29, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3.87/5 (77.33%) (15 Votes)

Warpath are the latest bunch of gritty lads to pull an album chock full of quality from the Thrash hat, and literally seconds after pressing play, you're immediately transported back to the late 80's, white hi-tops, guitar solos on microphone stands and queues of slavering moshers waiting to dive from the rafters into a rabid circle pit.

The guitar tone screams classic Metallica, the unhinged solos flail and whip around like early Testament and the riffs recall prime Vio-lence and Slayer. There are similarities between Warpath and fellow U.K Thrash-mongers Evile, which is understandable seeing as they undoubtedly draw influence from a lot of the same places, with the up-tuned buzzsaw guitar attack figuratively removing all that stubborn facial skin, muscle and tendons in an instant of the first few riff barrages.

The drum work does a great job at keeping the up-tempo pace of the album, with a crushing sound, especially on the double bass which really gets the ornaments rattling that little bit closer to the edge of your shelves when played at the correct volume. Richard Goss' vocal work suits the music perfectly, with a distinctly venomous bite to his tone, he spits out all the favorite Thrash Metal lyrical topics, albeit with a modern day twist. But, as is usually the way with Thrash, it's the aforementioned riffs that grab hold of your attention the most, whether they're chugging you into submission or battering away at you with palm muted triplets, they never fail to leave you in rapture.

So, there you have it folks. Don't be embarrassed when your friends come over to find you're not up to speed on your new Thrash releases — get this monster in there now to fill that gaping void right away. THRASH!!

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