You may remember Warrior from the band's major-label days (Fighting For the Earth) or when Rob Rock sang lead vocals for the band (The Code of Life). Now, the California-based headbangers are back for a fourth album, The Wars of Gods and Men, this time with another well-known singer, Krokus throat Marc Storace, who gives Warrior an AC/DC-meets-Armored Saint vibe.
While some of the tracks here sound tired and dated ("Salvation," "Naked Aggression"), others are surprisingly monstrous — not to mention musically relevant. The title track, for example, kicks off the album with gusto, "Three A.M. Eternal" is a stomping mid-album corker and the ballad "Mars" proves Warrior doesn't have to play mean and loud to be effective. On "Hypocrite," Storace delivers some borderline guttural vocals that will have you wondering if this is the same guy who sang "Screaming in the Night," and closer "Love Above All" is a down-tuned slow-burner that simmers with melodic tension.
The 10 tracks on The Wars of Gods and Men pack a lethal one-two punch of old-school and modern metal, making the record a solid, no-frills affair.
1) The Wars of Gods and Men (4:54)
2) Do It Now (3:13)
3) Never Live Your Life Again (3:49)
4) Salvation (3:59)
5) Three A.M. Eternal (3:27)
6) Mars (4:01)
7) Unseen Forces (3:53)
8) Hypocrite (3:59)
9) Naked Aggression (4:40)
10) Love Above All (4:29)
Total Time: 40:31