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Warbeast - "Krush The Enemy" (CD)

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"Krush The Enemy" track listing:

1. Krush the Enemy
2. Unleashed
3. Self Will Run Riot
4. The Plague at Hand
5. Born with a Blackened Heart
6. Scorched Earth Policy
7. Guardian Angel
8. The Controller
9. Stalker
10. We Are the Vultures

Reviewed by on May 13, 2010

"I was blown away by the sheer energy of each song."

With so much talent from each musician in Warbeast it’s no wonder that their debut album “Krush the Enemy” is quickly becoming legendary in the realm of metal. Even newspapers and satellite radio stations are buzzing about the amazing music. This album truly has something for everybody, taking influences from thrash, black metal, death metal, classic metal, and rock. The sound of the album is incredible. Being produced by a fellow musician, Phil Anselmo knew how to make the quality outstanding.

Bruce Corbitt’s vocals are completely distinguishable from every other vocalist that’s ever picked up a mic. Just listen for a second, and you’ll know why. His words are clear enough for you to hear the lyrics and start singing along in the choruses, and the slight echo makes his voice really stand out. My favorite lyrics came from the sexually-obsessed song “Stalkerm” when he said things like, “Across the room I watch your body sway / You never give me a fucking chance,” and, “A real lady can’t drink or smoke with blood pouring out her neck.” Bassist Alan Bovee did a great job throughout keeping the sound heavy and grounded while the other instruments soared through the roof. He added a scary, deep sound to every song. The rock bass and drum intro to “Self Will Run Riot” was great and gave him a chance to show off his playing ability.

The lead guitarist Rick Perry and rhythm guitarist Scott Shelby were impressive to say the least. They played all the different styles present in the album perfectly and even added some amazing solos of their own. The chugging riffs on “Self Will Run Riot,” to the almost black metal quick-strum melodies in “Unleashed,” to the classic metal riffs on “Born with a Blackened Heart” were all precise and awesome. Rick Perry is really astounding with solos, which almost every song has. “Scorched Earth Policy” has a particularly good psychedelic solo that shows just how well he can make that guitar sing. The young and very talented drummer Joe Gonzales really shines on this album. He goes from rock format drumming to blazing fast thrash drumming with ease. The tempo changes rapidly and his transitions are really incredible. Be sure to check out his work on “Born with a Blackened Heart.”

The history of the musicians and their combined talents, the time and care spent recording, and the top-notch production have made for an incredible thrash album with a little bit of every genre of metal and rock thrown in. I was blown away by the sheer energy of each song. It’s definitely worth picking up by every kind of metalhead.

Highs: High energy, good mix of genres, and extremely heavy!

Lows: None to report.

Bottom line: An amazing thrash record on every level.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 skulls
5.0 out of 5 skulls


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Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)