War Engine Demo

For all of the great thrash metal bands around the world there is always a bit of excitement when a new one emerges from Eastern Europe. They bring a purer thrash sound to the ear to excite, their seeds sown and cultivated in the origins and strengths of the genre. Serbian band War Engine is no different, young and unapologetic they bring you thrash metal as it should be, in their own words they say “if you want fuckin thrash, we will give you fuckin, fast, badass thrash .“ As their debut demo proves they are true to their word, its three tracks unbridled merciless straight forward thrash pleasure. There is no place for fancy diversions, complicated progressive meanderings or unpredictable perpetual  breakdowns, they simply offer straight from the heart heavy rock n roll.

From Novi Sad the quartet of guitarist Dusan Mijolic, bassist Aleksandar Jakshic, drummer Stefan Stanic, and vocalist/guitarist Luka Francesko, have obvious influences from the likes of Violator, Municipal Waste, Slayer, and Kreator, to name just a few which spring to mind and have absorbed all their best elements to create their own hungry sound. Currently recording their debut album, the demo makes the perfect introduction to the band whilst instigating keen anticipation for their first full length release planned for later in the year.

     The best track on the demo is Chemical Warfare, a track which is destined to be hungrily accepted by all thrash metal fans. Emerging on a sturdy energy the track patiently waits as the drums form a cage of steel and guitars welcome in the ear like an honourable gladiator. One established the song erupts in a riotous assault of cutting guitars, thunderous riffs, and knee buckling rhythms. With an intensity and anthemic power Municipal Waste would be proud of, the track is irresistible and soon has limbs punching air and voice in loud tandem for the chorus. The song does not go for the jugular at break neck speed or with the heaviest armoury but is easily a full and inspiring thrash explosion. As they thump the senses into submission the band remind of the likes of fellow Serbians CounterignitioN and UK band Saqqara, but with their own distinct weaponry.

Civilian Casualties slowly emerges with a simple guitar lead, its notes intriguingly leading into the again relentless pummelling of the senses. The track is a head bangers dream, its riffs and drums a contagious artillery of energy and strikes to have hair and neck in full lustful union. With vocals as caustic and direct as you wish but with the strength to allow clarity to the uncompromising lyrics and theme, the track is another formidable and deeply pleasing confrontation upon the ear.

Completing the release is Revolution, a song which does not quite live up to the power and irresistible pull of the other two but is still a thoroughly enjoyable slab of muscular metal. It like the release as a whole leaves one as breathless and wishing there was more to come.

War Engine is a band which will find a great welcome from thrash fans everywhere and whether it is this demo or their forthcoming album which is the trigger you cannot not see any other outcome. With future radio play coming through The Bone Orchard at The Reputation Radio Show, War Engine are on the march.

RingMaster 20/06/2012

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The Suicider: Four Reasons To Die EP

The new six track EP from Russian metal band The Suicider is a meaty little beast, a release that does take a little warming to but once given time and space within the ear proves to be a strong and impressive reward. The band brings sounds that lay somewhere between classic heavy metal and a sturdier rock powered aggressive metal style. Though not without flaws it marks the band as one to watch closely and one with a full of tank of promise yet to be discovered and explored.

The band was formed in 2005 by vocalist Michail Tatarinov in Korolev City, though it was the winter of the following year that The Suicider became a fully functioning band in compliment and sound. Their music is openly influenced by Finnish heavy metal band Sentenced, the band name alone taken from the track of the same name off the Frozen album by the Finns and is covered on this EP alongside another of their songs Cross My Heart and Hope To Die (off The Cold White album).

The EP shows The Suicider to be a band with accomplished musical skills and a driven desire to bring melodic and powerful songs to their listeners with a core from those early days of metal. Alongside Tatarinov, the guitarists Anton Borovkin and Ilya Morozov make a formidable duo, the pair bringing vibrant and stirring melodic passages and solos by the side of hungry riffs and eager ideas, whilst bassist Artem Averin and drummer Pavel Polyanskii grab full attention with their explosive framework of rhythms and powerful intent. The result is a release that though coarse and raw at times especially vocally, captures the imagination and senses if not immediately certainly after being given time to state its case.

The first of four original tracks opens the release up. To The Sky strides in with confidence and a strong energy, the vocals are part growled but relatively clean and work well with the undemanding sounds behind. The track is more than able to get the senses interested with the band offering a variation and unpredictability within the song and a guitar solo that sizzles through the ear. This is a strong beginning continued firmly by the flowing Away and These Days. Both songs again bring pleasing heavy metal sounds with a harder caustic intensity. Away offers a great keyboard element to the song bringing a gothic tinge to the track whilst These Days has a southern rock lilt to its slowly pacing flow. Both songs evidence of the variety the band have to their sound and the thought that goes into its construction.

The best track on the release is Empty Shell, a mighty beast that stalks with grouchy riffs, teasing hooks, and scorched guitar melodies. The song rumbles with venom and intensity which reminds one a little of harder metal bands like the Serbians CounterignitioN. Pounding the ear with demanding rhythms the guitars blister the senses with acute riffs then play in the debris with inspired melodic enterprise. It is an excellent song and alone contains all the promise you need know about the band.

The remaining two songs are the previously mentioned covers. Both are well presented with a heart and enthusiasm that shows the love the band has for this influence. The Suicider is the better of the two, a persistent pleasure that lifts the heart and joy yet again. The band sounds like the little brother of Stam1na here, an eager sibling finding its own identity and works a treat. Alongside its predecessor it heads the release quality wise though the following Cross My Heart and Hope To Die and other songs on Four Reasons To Die are no slouches either.

The Suicider is a band still relatively unknown outside of their homeland and surrounding areas but with Four Reasons To Die and people adding some adventure to their own musical investigations one can see the band becoming a name and force many more will be enthusing over.

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