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  • War - We Are War

    War - We Are War
    1999 Necropolis Records


War - We Are War

1999 Necropolis Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-09-04

Well, well, well, it seems that Blackmoon really burned some bridges on this one. Not sure the exact story, but it seems that after signing a deal with Necropolis, Blackmoon felt that War should be promoted through his own label. I guess legal issues don't mean much in the satanic realm, but it just seems a shame that music has to be overshadowed by things such as this, for this is sort of a cool balls out thrash record. Yeah, it claims to be Satanic, War being the band to unite All and It into a machine of depair to Christians everywhere. Can't we all just get along? Anyway, We are War continues where the Total War E.P. left off, replacing It and skinsman Peter Tagtgren for In Aeternum's David Larsson (who informed me that he plays guitar on this album, not bass as is labeled) and Hypocrisy drummer Lars Szoke. Some pretty big changes, but the overall feel stays pretty true, War having a sound that contains early Slayer, old Sodom, some Kreator, you know, the good stuff. The album is short, the songs pretty derivative, but overall it's OK. Not great, mind you, but a halfway decent disc to throw in if you need to pound a few beers in a short period of time. I'm not sure if I agree with replicating everything when going retro (down to the ultra-thin guitar tone), but 1,000 bands can't be wrong, can they? I'm riding the fence on this one, not sure if it's the monumental thrash achievement it should be, or another hunk of badly produced riffs. Sodom's Bombenhagel closes things off, which is one of my least favorite songs off of the album that marked the beginning of the end of my Sodom phase (sorry, Expurse of Sodomy was THE apex of their career). Maybe not the best choice, as All is a spanking clean carbon copy of Angel Ripper, but I guess it really drives the point home. Maybe it's just the fact that most of the songs fade out just when they're getting started that puts the final nail in, who knows.