Album Review – Warmask / Better You Start to Run EP (2015)

This Halloween, put your war mask on and get ready for a violent and metallic bloodshed by this talented Brazilian Thrash Metal act.

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warmask_epAs today is one of the most anticipated days of the year, the always fun Halloween, I have the perfect treat for you who doesn’t care that much about trick-or-treating or carving pumpkins, but instead prefers enjoying a cold beer, listening to some good metal music and slamming into the pit with your closest friends. I’m talking about the brand new EP by Brazilian Thrash/Groove Metal power trio Warmask, entitled Better You Start to Run, and as you might have already notice they’re properly masked and ready to haunt your soul and crush you with their merciless music not only during this All Saints’ Eve but also for many years to come, based on the exceptional quality of their music.

Hailing from the city of Caxias do Sul, located in the province of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, this masked trinity follows a straightforward and effective pattern in their compositions, and although they do not sound purely innovative in what they do they surely keep the fire of metal burning bright with their endless stamina, indisputable dexterity and insurgent aggression. Besides, when the music in question is Thrash Metal, a subgenre of heavy music where most fans value the level of energy and violence flowing through the instruments rather than complexity or creativity, this is all you need to kick ass.

The first song, Inner War, showcases rumbling and solid Thrash/Death Metal with tons of groove thanks to the powerful bass lines by Eduardo Ramos, with the awesome growls by singer/guitarist Paulo Henrique adding depth and ferocity to the overall result. Fans of Sepultura and Lamb Of God will connect to this tune immediately, and I’m pretty sure it will break your fuckin’ neck if you’re not careful enough. Well, who said you’re supposed to be careful while listening to high-quality metal music, right?

warmaskEven groovier and with hints of that Psychedelic Rock from the 70’s,Your Time To Fall brings lots of variations led by drummer Jonathan Reinheimer, while Paulo keeps screaming and delivering his razing riffs like there’s no tomorrow. And yet again leaning towards the modern metal played by Lamb Of God, this masked power trio continues their path of rhythmic destruction in No More Life, including elements of Doom Metal and Southern Rock the likes of Down and Crowbar. After a while, the song becomes a vicious onslaught of Thrash Metal before things slow down again and those sluggish and heavy riffs get back in action, increasing the song’s impact and quality.

Lastly, in No Way To Knowing the band doesn’t take it easy at all on the aggressiveness, with highlights to Paulo’s harsh growls especially when screaming the name of the song. In addition to that, pay attention to the excellent solo by Paulo as it adds an extra dose of harmony to the song. Unfortunately after less than 15 minutes the EP is over, but as Warmask are already working on a brand new full-length album to be released as soon as possible we can rest assured we’ll have more of their rebellious tunes to bang our heads nonstop in the future.

In summary, if the future releases by Warmask are as powerful as what’s found in Better You Start to Run, those guys will go places without a shadow of a doubt. In order to get in touch with these talented Thrash Metal insurrectionists, go check their Facebook page and YouTube channel, and you can also take a listen at the entire EP at their SoundCloud page. Well, it’s Halloween, so why don’t you put your war mask on and get ready for a violent and metallic bloodshed by this promising Brazilian power trio? I guarantee you won’t regret it.

Best moments of the album: Inner War.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2015 Independent

Track listing
1. Inner War 4:09
2. Your Time To Fall 3:44
3. No More Life 5:27
4. No Way To Knowing 3:38

Band members
Paulo Henrique – vocals, guitars
Eduardo Ramos – bass
Jonathan Reinheimer – drums

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