Here’s a band we covered in the fledgling days of Live Metal. I remember arriving home from work one day to find the band’s promo CD wrapped up in cardboard and A LOT of tape on my doorstep. At the time they were unsigned. Glad to hear that Warbringer are still producing kick-ass thrash metal all these years later! …
SoCal thrash metal force Warbringer recently announced the upcoming release of their brand new full-length album, “Weapons of Tomorrow,” out April 24 via Napalm Records. Today, the band has dropped a throttling, cinematic new music video for their brand new single, “The Black Hand Reaches Out” – both of which reference the events surrounding the assassination of Franz Ferdinand – an event that is commonly believed to have spurred the start of WWI.
Check out the brand new video below, directed by Lenny Vitulli of Red Riot Films, which also features acting cameos from the band members themselves!
“‘The Black Hand Reaches Out’ is the second track we are releasing from Weapons of Tomorrow, along with an accompanying music video. The song and video both reference the Serbian paramilitary nationalist group, known as “The Black Hand.” This was the organization that plotted the Franz Ferdinand assassination in Sarajevo – probably the most consequential terrorist attack of all time. Not a conspiracy theory, but an actual conspiracy. The song’s lyrics represent the orders coming from the organization to the (expendable) agent. The song itself is a mid-tempo stomper with a sneaky, clandestine feel, and is one of the many different forms of thrash assault that we are bringing to you all with Weapons of Tomorrow.”
Watch the new official music video for “The Black Hand Reaches Out” below:
“Weapons of Tomorrow” was recorded with acclaimed producer Mike Plotnikoff – producer on Woe To The Vanquished and for artists such as In Flames and Fear Factory – and mixed by Zack Ohren, who is credited for the mix on WARBRINGER’s sophomore album, “Waking Into Nightmares,” as well as his work with artists like Machine Head and Immolation.
“Weapons of Tomorrow” contains a variety of themes, presenting a self-contained concept with each track, but ultimately focuses on the over-arching notion of modern technology endangering society rather than advancing it.
John Kevill says about the lyrical content of “Weapons of Tomorrow”:
“I put a lot of thought and detail into the lyrical content of this album. There’s often a ‘storytelling’ component, in which the song’s lyrics develop or turn along with the music and structure of the song. All in all, Weapons of Tomorrow contains elements of our previous album, Woe to the Vanquished, but takes them further and in new and exciting directions.”
Regarding the band’s advancing sound, Kevill adds:
“While containing speed-driven burners like ‘Firepower Kills’ and ‘Unraveling’ and crushing stomps like ‘The Black Hand Reaches Out’ and ‘Crushed Beneath the Tracks,’ Weapons of Tomorrow goes really big on the epic tracks, containing not one but four. Each has its own character. The forlorn and semi-ballad ‘Defiance of Fate’ breaks serious musical ground for us and is like no song in our catalogue. ‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘Notre Dame (King of Fools)’ offer different takes on a dark, black metal-oriented sound, and “Glorious End” is a tragic war epic with a unique lyrical component.”
Weapons of Tomorrow Tracklist:
1) Firepower Kills
2) The Black Hand Reaches Out
3) Crushed Beneath the Tracks
4) Defiance of Fate
6) Heart of Darkness
7) Power Unsurpassed
8) Outer Reaches
9) Notre Dame (King of Fools)
10) Glorious End
“Weapons of Tomorrow” will be available in the following formats:
– CD Jewel Case Edition
– CD & Shirt Bundle
– Digital Album
– 1LP Gatefold Black
– 1LP Blue Gatefold Edition – limited 200 copies
– Wooden Box Set: Bonus CD, Logo Lighter, Flag – limited 500 sets
– LP (Black) & Shirt Bundle – US Store Only
– Skateboard – US Store Only
– Album Cover Shirt + Skateboard + Jewel Case – US Store Only
– Album Cover Shirt + Skateboard + Vinyl – US Store Only
Formed in late 2004, WARBRINGER has gone on to be one of the most consistent and well-regarded thrash metal bands of the new generation. After releasing two demos, the band broke out with their 2008 debut, War Without End – a record illustrating a frantic energy and aggression which had been absent from metal for some time. The band continued to redefine their sound on each of their next four career-defining albums – 2009’s Waking Into Nightmares, 2011’s Worlds Torn Asunder, 2013’s Empires Collapse and 2017’s Woe To The Vanquished, their first via Napalm Records (Billboard – #8 New Artist Albums, #17 Hard Music Albums, #26 Current Rock and #29 Independent Current Albums). WARBRINGERhas bolstered their performance roster by relentlessly touring internationally throughout five continents with iconic artists such as Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Napalm Death, Iced Earth, Nile, Suffocation, Kreator, Soilwork, Overkill and many more, and found themselves working with industry greats on each new album – creating with producers such as Steve Evetts (Symphony X, DevilDriver, The Dillinger Escape Plan), Bill Metoyer (Slayer, D.R.I., Dark Angel), thrash legend Gary Holt (guitarist, Slayer/Exodus) and beyond. The ever-evolving quintet continues to renovate their potent concept with each passing year, without ever losing focus on the future. Metal Injection said it best, “…the almighty WARBRINGER have proven that they reign eternal… no matter what the circumstances.”
With one listen it’s clear, WARBRINGER has continued to move forward in their own unique direction, and Weapons of Tomorrow is pure, 21st century, state-of-the-art thrash like never heard before. Stay tuned for details on US tour dates, coming soon!