Warfare - The New Age for Total Warfare (Southworld)

Retrospective compilation that gathers together all the best bits of the Geordie proto-thrash outfit's career.
Release Date: 
1 May 2011 - 11:30pm

Poor old Warfare. On the face of it, their punked-up, primal take on speed metal should have had the world at its feet in 1986; Crossover was flavour of the month, and any spike-haired punk band with a decent guitar player (or second division metal band with an eye for the main chance, come to think of it) was jumping on the bandwagon and making good while they could. Warfare, however, despite being incredibly well connected (members of Tank, Motorhead and Venom and, somewhat inevitably Lars Ulrich were either fans or helped out on the band’s albums), contrived to miss the boat completely. Listening back to this best of retrospective in 2011, that failure to go on to bigger and better things seems even more inexplicable, as every track here simply slays. Fusing the filth and fury of early Venom to a more precise take on Sodom’s relentless thrash cacophony, the likes of Elite Forces and Death Charge are simply too good to have gone down the Swanny with such graceful alacrity. The blueprint was simple – every song here is more or less faithful to it so a charge of saminess could occasionally be levelled at the band, though when the blueprint is this good only a niggardly, mean spirited miser would complain about such trifling insignificancies- kill, crush, destroy, with only the slightly poppier Burn the Kings Road poking its head above the ceaseless din and shouting ‘hit single material!’ to break up the barrage of heaviness on offer.All of today’s nu thrashers – without exception – could learn a fair biT by listening to this album. As an added bonus some live tracks have been tacked on to the end of the album, as well as the band’s take on The Stooges’ No Fun, making this an absolute must-have for any fans of primitive eighties thrash mayhem.