"Weapons of Tomorrow"

By Theron Moore

Believe  it or  not,  I waiver back and forth with WARBRINGER. I know, I know ,everyone raves that WARBRINGER is the savior of thrash, how dare I say such a thing?  Well,one minute I like what they’re doing and the next I feel like I’ve heard it all before. I felt that way with 2017’s "Woe to the Vanquished" and still feel that way with their new record, "Weapons of Tomorrow".  Neither are bad efforts but, in a way, WARBRINGER isn’t bringing anything new to the table I haven’t already heard with   TESTAMENT, KREATOR, DEATH ANGEL or SODOM.  Musically, lyrically, it’s good music, just not anything new.  Like I said, I’ve heard it all before.

"Weapons of Tomorrow" covers the spectrum of a more modern or current style of thrash(tracks 1-4) to a heavier, faster type of metal reminiscent of what was happening in Europe /Germany in the late 80’s / early 90’s regarding tracks 6-10.  I want to be clear about this.  It’s not a mishmash of sound.  From a stylistic standpoint, the record works and flows well. The music is well written and performed although the weakest tracks on  'Weapons of Tomorrow"  are “Notre Dame (King of Fools)” and “Glorious End” which seemed trivial and cartoonish.

If I had a battle vest, would I sew a WARBRINER patch on it, based on this record?  As a casual metal fan, no.  As a fan of WARBRINGER, yes.  f you dig this band, you’ll like this record.   If you appreciate the sound coming out of Europe and Germany in the early 90’s you might also like this record.  As stated previously, musically it’s not bad, but I’ve already heard it and didn’t hear too much new and exciting here.  Sorry, no WARBRINGER patch for me today.