|Review: Shrapnel Storm - Mother War|
Label: Witches Brew
Year released: 2015
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: November 28, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Finnish Death Metal commandos Shrapnel Storm have declared war to protect their mother land against all false Metal, so to speak. It's no wonder Shrapnel Storm plays Death Metal, the heaviest and oldest-school kind of Death Metal, to be more precise.
Mother War, the 10-track debut full-length from these Finnish war mongers, stays true to the old values of Death Metal. Their grinding, merciless and Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B-heavy Death Metal rolls easily over even the highest and thickest barricades, sowing around death and destruction the best it can. Often said to sound like Bolt Thrower (especially riff-wise), the connection is definitely there, which should not put this band to shame because, undoubtedly, they also love and admire the works of those British war masters. In all honesty, at first I did not expect Mother War to be this good at all due to their previous 2-song EP, We Come in Peace..., leaving me a sort of a so-so impression as to whether this band could be worth following or not. On Mother War they simply proved to be a band to lose a hand or leg for. Tastefully done, heavy Bolt Thrower-ish Death Metal, accompanied by a powerful enough studio quality all make Mother War worth a listen if Death Metal is close to your heart.
Shrapnel Storm fights their war effectively and convincingly on Mother War, so keep your head down if it's precious to you and your family.
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