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Review: Warhawk - Sic Semper Tyrannis
Sic Semper Tyrannis

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:28
Tracks: 9
Genre: Speed/Thrash


Review online: August 15, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Warhawk first come into existence as Bonestorm in 2004, then changed names to Death From Above (2004-2005) before settling on Warhawk. This York, Pennsylvania-based Speed/Thrash Metal act have recorded a couple of demos and made something of a name for themselves by gigging actively.

Sic Semper Tyrannis, Warhawk's 9-track, self-released debut album, was the next logical step after all those demos. Nine tracks of vintage, mid-to-late 80s Speed/Thrash Metal is what one can expect. Mix Slayer's Show No Mercy with some demo-era Vio-lence, Dark Angel, early Iron Maiden, Infernäl Mäjesty and Exodus and that should give you may an idea what Warhawk sound like on their debut. Unrelenting, vicious, trend-free and 100% old school Speed/Thrash Metal executed convincingly enough that it could have been recorded some 30 years ago. There's nothing fake in Warhawk's sound; it's as real and authentic as it can be and, most importantly, it hasn't been ruined by an annoying, over-polished production.

There are a couple of songs on Sic Semper Tyrannis that aren't in the same vein as the rest of the record. "I Love the Guillotine" is a punky type of a song, sounding like it could be a cover song of some Crossover/Hardcore band and then there's a song called "The Chalice in the Square," which lasts over 12 frigging minutes. It's an epic and variable Speed/Thrash/Heavy Metal song but it doesn't fit in that well with the album's aggressive profile. But, then again, I can appreciate the effort they have put into this song.

Warhawk deserve your attention because only a handful of Metal bands are doing similar stuff these days. Warhawk fly the flag for classic Speed and Thrash Metal proudly. Check these guys out, preferably today.

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