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Friday, November 4, 2016

Review: Warfist - Metal To The Bone


For over a decade now, Polish blackened thrash metal power-trio Warfist have steadily gained their experience and their style of explosive underground-flavored thrash and black metal which was fully realized with their previous release. Now, two years after that initial charge, the band offers even more of their fiery charge with a fully-immersive sophomore full-length released October 30, 2016 on Godz ov War Productions.

As was prominent on their previous release, the majority of the album here comes from a series of rocking and explosive high-energy mixtures of black and thrash metal. Tracks like “Pestilent Plague,” “Written in Blood” and the title track charges along with high-energy riffing and straightforward, charging thrash metal rhythms that keep the material tight, crunchy and utterly rabid in their speed and energy that keeps this centered around the tight charging energies from these patterns. With the ability to wrap these high energy efforts with “Tribe of Lebus,” “NecroVenom” and “Reclaim the Crown” that are more based-on tight, plodding tempos featuring some heavy-handed chugging which counter-balance the ravenous, thrashing here the end result is quite nice and makes for some well-rounded times. They also manage to strike up the biggest negative which is the rather overt and seemingly one-note attack which doesn’t alternate any between these ravenous rhythms which are played out throughout the album. By staying so straightforward and unyielding in it’s approach there’s not a whole lot of chances to really get the variety going throughout here and it leaves the album so straightforward that there’s a pretty simplistic attack. This here is really the only thing that really holds this one back.

With some rather straightforward and unyielding attack that doesn’t offer up much of any chance for variety or deviation here, the sheer speed and utterly blistering attack is for the most part far more effective and dynamic that it really overcomes a lot of these issues and makes for quite an appealing effort for black/thrash fans or extreme thrash aficionados. 8/10

Written by Don Anelli

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