Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: Warfist - The Devil Lives in Grünberg

Polish three-man black/thrash metal outfit Warfist have released a huge handful of splits, a couple of demos and an EP prior to setting out on their adventures with The Devil Lives in Grünberg, their debut full-length offering which was released on Valentine's Day this year. The are said band evoke a raw offering of blackened thrash death n' roll, but are they really all they're made out to be? 

Genre: Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Release Date: February 14th, 2014
  1. Bestial Attack
  2. The Fire of Our Wrath
  3. The Silent Assassin
  4. 1665 - The Last Pyre
  5. Thrash Through the Night
  6. HellSlut
  7. Black Mass Ritual
  8. Ironfist Commando
  9. Vengeance from Hell
  10. The Damned
  11. The Devil Lives in Grünberg
Total Playtime: 33 minutes, 34 seconds




Rating: 6.0/10




Polish three-man black/thrash metal outfit Warfist have released a huge handful of splits, a couple of demos and an EP prior to setting out on their adventures with The Devil Lives in Grünberg, their debut full-length offering which was released on Valentine's Day this year. The are said band evoke a raw offering of blackened thrash death n' roll, but are they really all they're made out to be?

Unfortunately I've received a low quality, pre-HD YouTube standards, CD rip that has compressed the sound quality significantly, specifically impacting the drums the most; given this aspect, I'm not going to comment much on the production quality or mixing of the material, but I will touch on certain aspects. Such as how some tracks as "The Damned" push the blast beats of the drums to the front of the audio, making them overpowering in intervals for no given reason to emphasize an overdone blast beat element that pervades almost every inch and corner of this material.

The entire procession of tracks are a big ball of cheesy clichés, everything from the song titles to the compositions to the lyrics; this is not an endearing feature that some bands may be able to get away with, it's cheesy in the worst way possible. It's as if all of the hell-worshiping parts of Venom shacked up with the cheddar-filled lyrics of Huntress who were already in bed with power metal gods Blind Guardian and they're all being serenaded by the drummer from Exodus as they ravenously fuck. It's not that the material isn't enjoyable... it is in small doses, but it's got a high level of predictability. The rhythms and hooks have been run into the ground over the years and tracks such as "The Silent Assassin", "Thrash Through the Night", "1665 - The Last Pyre" and "Ironfist Commando" are catchy yet obnoxious with their banality chain of guitar hooks and repetitious lyrics.


Essentially the band tries too hard to create something both memorable and hellacious with their canvas of black metal, smeared with thrash and jizzed on enough with power metal to bring a noticeable impact to the listener. As with the lyrics and vocals, the listener will find themselves hearing redundant power chords lined up in anticipated structures, zero solos and rarely anything that defers from standard riffs. The drums, well they focus mainly on blast beats and thrash patterns while Satan knows what the bass is doing in the midst of it all as it cannot be heard through the compressed sound quality.

What Warfist were trying to accomplish is something more simplified than what Hell, Venom, Sodom and a near infinite amount of other bands have already achieved. Without the thrashy repetition of lyrical choruses The Devil Lives in Grünberg would fail to stand as anything worth remembering. It will appeal to it's fair share, those who are a fan of this type of death n' roll and who are in love with blast beat lined backgrounds will be all over it. Otherwise, if you enjoy any type of creativity in your metal it's best to steer clear of this release or wait for the bargain bin if you truly want to check it out.

Digital Download Provided by: Wydawnictwo Muzyczne Psycho

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