Monday, October 4, 2010

Deliverance -Weapons of our Warfare

Weapons of our Warfare: Monks-with-the-ability-to-
concentrate-even-if-there-is-a-ultimate-showdown-between-
Heaven-and-hell-going-on-behind-his-back.
Spoken intro with prayer. A badass angel slaying some evil dragon. Releasing a classic Thrash record in 1990, when classic thrash is mostly dead or dying. All signs point to Christians showing that they can rock too, and be angry like the kids.
To some extent they succeed. The music is angry, with a fair amount of riffs, energetic vocals, and fast paced and decently varied drumming.

To be a bit more descriptive, The style of riffing is roughly 50% Metallica (including acoustic parts), 32% early-exodus and 13% later-and-slower-slayer and a final 5% of technicality that can remind of Aspid, Coroner and other tech bands of the late 80's.
The riffs have quite decent inspirations, and have decent headbangability, but have a lack of individuality. none of the pure thrash riffs have any memorability, or iconic qualities. they thrash about in a moderately fast-paced manner, based on  "chugg&resolve" the solos are decently good, with a fair share of direction and dynamics. they are absolutely the high point of the guitar work on this album.

The bass is mostly inaudible, apart from the bonus track on the 2008 reissue, "rescue" This track has a quite different feel than the rest of the album, the riffing is based on harmonic guitars, and a more speed metal approach to riffing. the progression of modulations of the riffs however have a power metal feel, and this is enhanced by the harmonic guitar & polyphonic vocals on the chorus.

The vocals in general have more power metal to them than the average classic thrash, even though they do not feel wimpy or weak. The vocalist has a sound ranging from a rather mustaine like snarl, to a melodic rasping that i can't compare to any singer i know of. he also has a generic powermetal falsetto, that he uses sparringly. the variation of vocals and decent uniqueness of melodic rasp makes the vocals the strong point of this album.

The way to drum on a thrash album can be solved simply. Bass/snare or high-hat/snare patterns always work, and the drummer here uses them for what they are worth, but his fills, are so intense, fast and generally of high quality that they up the quality of his performance to a quite acceptable level. I am also convinced that it was the drummer that made the rhythm for the progressive/technical intro to solitude. A performance not too bad, all in all.

Structurally the songs flow well, and the album has a decent mix of calm acoustics and thrashing that keeps the interest decently high throughout the album.

Summing it up, this is a release that a fan of classic thrash will enjoy, unless they got a hate for Christian lyrics, or the vocals unusual style. Personally however, the two technical riffs on this album (intros of "solitude" and "Bought by blood") don't cut it to impress me. have a look if you are into classic American thrash and don't mind the vocals, but if you are here for the tech thrash, you can save your time.
This is a subjective score, mind you, and it amounts to 6/10.

Their spotify (not this album)
Deliverance - Weapons of our Warfare(mediafire)


29 comments:

  1. great review, not really my style of music usually but i still liked the songs

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  2. I agree with the 6/10... Fairly good riffing, but alas, not enough to save it.

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  3. Back from an era when lyrics all had to be of epic proportions.
    Some King Diamond-esq vocals in there.

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  4. Hmm after following your blog and listening to a few more of these songs, i'm beginning to appreciate it more! Well done sir

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  5. Great post!

    looking forward to reading the next one

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  6. Metal for life; I'm following this blog

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  7. is the dragon being strangled by magic? The picture on the very top confuses me.

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  8. Deliverance is one of the most underrated bands, imo. I used to listen to them all the time.

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  9. I really like this blog ;) nice band 2 btw

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  10. very cool post ya i used to listen to these guys ..kinda lol...

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  11. Very good music. I'll have to find more from them

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  12. Brutal shit. Keep it up, brah.

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  13. Hmmm... never heard of this before ever. Going to have to do some research now :)

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  14. I could say the same for you. You can't really think this is good music?
    Lol we're just different, you seem to be a metel head and I'm an electric kinda guy =]

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  15. Great review can't wait for more! Followed~

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  16. Not my type of music, but it was a good read.

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  17. well i for one would give it more than a 6 :) i liked it

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  18. great review, I'll be keeping up with future reviews

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  19. as much as I disagree with most religions, Id rather listen to religious death metal than super depressing deathmetal. Most of the time the religious bands know to keep it all in the concept instead of preaching.

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  20. lol weapons of our warfare and a fantasy character in the background with a fantasy sword?

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  21. Wow. Downloaded it and it's fucking brilliant. Nice post.

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