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Review: Warhead - Speedway

Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 1984
Duration: 26:48
Tracks: 8
Genre: Speed Metal


Review online: November 1, 2009
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (12 Votes)

This is just awesome. Warhead were an old-guard Belgian Speed Metal band who pumped out short, fast killers like this album, which is very aptly entitled Speedway. No pretension, no gimmicks, just twenty-odd minutes of barbed metal riffing, grisly bass antics and gruff, shouted vocals that give the music that attitude that the 80s bands always had in spades if they were worth their shit. The production is raw and uncompromising, having that old school crunch to the production that any classic metal fan will dig, and the music sits somewhere where fans of Thrash, Speed and Traditional Metal will all find something to enjoy within its juicy tendrils.

Weak spots? Not here. They kick off with the title track, and if you don't instantly love this band upon hearing the vocalist warble and wail his way through those titular lines, you will never get them. "Kill the Witch" slays even harder, and then the band ups the ante even more with the double-whammy assault of "Driver," which is the catchiest on here, and the steel boot-to-face lambasting that they chose to title "Devil's Child." Awesome, just awesome. The last four songs don't escalate in quality like the first four do, but they're still really good, with kick-ass riffs and energetic performances to boot.

This is just a great gem of the old school. There's nothing wrong with it, and if you like metal at all, this album will put a great big smile on your face. And being so short, there's no excuse not to listen to it, either. It's like twenty minutes, how can you not find that much time in your schedule for this slab of steel? There's no excuse. Get it or be forever a poser.

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