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Review: Warbringer - Waking Into Nightmares
Waking Into Nightmares

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:14
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Waking Into Nightmares

Rated 3.87/5 (77.37%) (38 Votes)

Waking into Nightmares is the band's second album, just a year after the debut. And like the first album this is an energetic Thrash Metal record. They still have the same style as the debut - in that sense they haven't changed. But what is noticeable here is the band's improvement: everything from the vocals, guitars to the drumming and songwriting is better on this album, starting with "Jackal" which has great riffs and solo section, setting the tone for the rest of the record. From there the album keeps its momentum with solid numbers like "Severed Reality", "Pride for Death" and "Scorched Earth".

The musicians themselves have good technical ability; they got what it takes to be a proficient Thrash band. The guitars are once again a highlight, when listening to the songs the riffs and solos take over, leaving a lasting impression; clearly those guys know what they are doing. The rhythm session is good as well; the bass is audible and the drums fill the songs adequately without going overboard. Which brings me to their singer; normally I am not a fan of the yammering vocal style, but in this case for some reason it works very well (to me it sounds like Mille Petrozza at a lower pitch).

This could have been a perfect album but it has two major flaws. First, while the riffs here are good, most of them sound alike and you have to pay a lot of attention to differentiate them. Second, the instrumental "Nightmare Anatomy" flat out sucks; it is boring and repetitive beyond belief, and I skip this track every time I listen to this album. Still, if you heard their debut then you know what to expect as things are a little more refined this time around, and for those who know nothing of Warbringer this is a good place to start. With better songs this time around we are witnessing the evolution of a great young band here. I absolutely recommend this record to people that think that Thrash is dead or want to hear the next generation, as Waking Into Nightmares is as good as any.

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