The opening track "Silhouettes" opens with the sound of wind, so it might start slow, like many metal albums have in the past decade...NOPE! After a few seconds, the band rips open a can of whoop-ass with a pounding intro. The song only gets thrashier from there with a slight increase in speed and John Kevill's signature Tom-Araya-meets-Bobby-"Blitz"-Ellsworth vocals. The music does not overdo tempo or wah/whammy sound effects, which makes it listenable yet old-school tight. The third track "Remain Violent" gives the middle finger to police brutality while simultaneously demanding moshpits from live crowds. The chorus, "Violent! Violent! Violent! Remain violent!" is simple and catchy, and will stay in my head for a few days...but this could also be due to my computer crapping out and repeating the last five seconds of the song a few times before I restarted it.
You know that the thrash is real when it possesses the device that plays it.
Getting over that minor setback, the fourth track "Shellfire" opens with fast drumming and screams, the way that the middle track of a good metal album should. The lyrics and explosion sound effects give the listener a sense of the album's war theme, as well as the very name of the band. Three more tracks of kick-ass thrash (with a hint of morose darkness in "Divinity of Flesh") before we hear the final track, "When the Guns Fell Silent", an 11-minute salutation that is mostly slow (compared to the rest of the album) and weighs heavily on the "feels", as the kids say.
As previously mentioned, Warbringer is not a band to overdo tempos or tempo changes, yet the music does not become stagnant as the record progresses. The speed lies between mid-tempo and speeding bullet fast. The riffs and solos stay with you after listening, but encourage repeat plays without getting old. The mix is good, as Warbringer's mixes usually are, and everything compliments one another.
Personal rating: 9.75
Perfect music for doing literally anything, whether is it moshing in a pit, walking the dog, doing laundry...or running an antivirus scan.