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The Warriors: Genuine Sense of OutrageGenuine Sense of Outrage (2007)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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It's hard to imagine a release of such modest stature being more readily equipped than the Warriors' Genuine Sense of Outrage. The most obvious of facets is owning claim to one of the best names for a hardcore band, coming from one of the most hardcore movies ever made. Furthermore, the album boasts.
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It's hard to imagine a release of such modest stature being more readily equipped than the Warriors' Genuine Sense of Outrage. The most obvious of facets is owning claim to one of the best names for a hardcore band, coming from one of the most hardcore movies ever made. Furthermore, the album boasts guest spots from heavy-hitters Lou Koller (Sick of It All), Andrew Neufeld (Comeback Kid) and legendary Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead). Topped off by production from Cameron Webb, who helped deliver Ignite's most recent triumph Our Darkest Days, plus some ultra-intense artwork, Genuine Sense of Outrage would seem stacked right from the start.

Before anyone asks, this is no War Is Hell. And whether artists should even try to recreate previous releases is well outside my moral jurisdiction. Genuine Sense of Outrage sees the adoption of even throatier growls that rise above music that still walks the modern metalcore line while maintaining an affinity for mid-`80s east coast hardcore like Madball and Sick of It All. While such a transition may put off Warriors fans of the old guard, it does seem appropriate given their recent entry to the Victory Records family that a catchier, more accessible and diverse record spill forth.

The Warriors seem to capture their best work on Genuine Sense with the handful of songs that top out at only two-and-a-half minutes, but still manage a great variety of rhythms that range from brutal hardcore slams to head-bobbin' hip-hop beats (the band will be playing shows with DMX this fall), riffs that go from slicing metallic staccato to heavy crunches, and moods that range from angry to even more angry. Even the album's longest song, "Destroying Cenodoxus"-- while suffering from an over-saturation of growling -- remains potent, built on the "genuine sense of outrage" the Warriors claim lyrically and emotionally.

Even though the album as a whole is stylistically rather homogenous, the compositions themselves rarely sound formulaic, save for the nearly identical marching snare intros to "Your Time Is Near" and the rambunctious and stellar title track. "Odium Vice" drops a brutal hardcore punk rhythm after steady rock riffing, with an intense spoken word breakdown that hears lead vocalist Marshall Lichtenwaldt attest "You can't blame anyone except yourself / You know damn well what you reap!"

The high-profile guest appearances on Genuine Sense turn out to be of relatively small impact, as Andrew Neufeld barely makes a passing addition and Lemmy Kilmister's gruff British accent doesn't seem to bring much to the final product. It is actually Lou Koller of legendary NYC hardcore act Sick of It All that drops the most memorable of guest vocals on "Mankind Screams," which emerge above a steady rolling beat and low brooding bassline and invokes a hint of nostalgia from the hardcore veteran's still impassioned delivery. In fact, "Mankind Screams" may represent more than just one of the album's standout tracks, but a passing of the torch, a voluntary recognition that times change, but the past mustn't be forgotten.

That in itself seems to be the Warriors' message on Genuine Sense of Outrage, a bridge between the stylized harvest of the new-school crop, and recollection of the unbridled intensity and raw fervor that gave hardcore its name.

 

 
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SCjames (August 7, 2008)

i thought the warriors were garbage till this cd

Sally_Field (August 10, 2007)

Big improvement on the vocals!

davebrave4 (August 9, 2007)

"i wonder if victory will ever earn peoples respect back... i mean they did put out a truck load of shit, but lately they've been putting out some good kicking jams"

Victory has always had some good releases mixed in with the other shit. But they'd have to start treating their bands better and cut out all the overhyping to get my respect back.

Anonymous (August 9, 2007)

"Waaaaariors, come out to play-eeee-ayyy"
or
"Warriors, you'll never forget the warriors. Warri-arri-ors!"

Oh yes, somebody remembers Blitz.

Anonymous (August 9, 2007)

it's an ok film. if you can get past the ridiculous outfits that everyone wears. these guys make bloods and crips actually seem intimidating.

Anonymous (August 9, 2007)

warriors was an alright game, esp. as i haven't seen the film. worth looking at?

Anonymous (August 9, 2007)

The drummer is a freaking Abercrombie & Fitch model.

Anonymous (August 8, 2007)

This review failed to mention that Roger Camero (No Motiv/Machines) wrote/ co-produced the record.

dietcokeofpunk (August 8, 2007)

6 fingers? all the more better to melt your face!

Anonymous (August 8, 2007)

and why the fuck does he have 6 fingers on his left hand?

Anonymous (August 8, 2007)

That dude on the cover looks like he's playing some serious air guitar...

GlassPipeMurder (August 8, 2007)

"Mid-80's east coast hardcore like Madball?"

yo madball been at it 4 a long time bro! even before they put out their first record in '88, madball had been a roger miret/freddy side project. i only knew that from an old Agnostic Front interview though.

Anonymous (August 8, 2007)

i wonder if victory will ever earn peoples respect back... i mean they did put out a truck load of shit, but lately they've been putting out some good kicking jams

GlassPipeMurder (August 7, 2007)

"Learn to write, kid. That first paragraph sounds like a Mountain Dew ad."

what the hell does that mean? shouldn't it say something about the dangers of Yellow #5 then?

skolarx (August 7, 2007)

how the fuck did they get Lemmy? that is just insane

Anonymous (August 7, 2007)

Learn to write, kid. That first paragraph sounds like a Mountain Dew ad.

thirtyseconds (August 7, 2007)

Is that link supposed to take you to an NBA page?

Anonymous (August 7, 2007)

Mid-80's east coast hardcore like Madball?

wallofyouth (August 7, 2007)

hmm, sounds good on paper but within 15 seconds i find myself cringing.

what's wrong with this picture

Anonymous (August 7, 2007)

Yeah, it's way INTENSE to the EXTREME. BRO!

The only sense of outrage should be directed at that one dude's hair.

LeightonESmith (August 7, 2007)

I've been into The Warriors since their first disc and I have say I really like this disc. Its hard and rocking. For openminded fans of hardcore 4 sure.
I'm glad Victory didn't fuck this.

moneenerd (August 7, 2007)

Good album, but not great. Definately their weakest release. They try to incorporate way too much melody into typical heavy Warriors songs.

Albert_Belle (August 7, 2007)

Lemmy! What the hell are you doing? These guys aren't good enough to lick the moles on your face.

feeeding5000 (August 7, 2007)

I dunno which I prefer:
"Waaaaariors, come out to play-eeee-ayyy"
or
"Warriors, you'll never forget the warriors. Warri-arri-ors!"
Either way, an awesome name. Can I dig it? Yes I can.

PJZ (August 7, 2007)

its weird cause i thought this album was gunna be pretty bad, but i actually like it

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