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The Warriors

The Warriors: Beyond the NoiseBeyond the Noise (2006)
Eulogy Recordings

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: AnchorsAnchors
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I couldn't go so far as to use the phrase "diamond in the rough" in referencing the Warriors, but when compared with the rest of Eulogy Records' roster (either at the time of this album's release or the present day), the California natives decidedly are and were the cream of that breakdown-laden cro.
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I couldn't go so far as to use the phrase "diamond in the rough" in referencing the Warriors, but when compared with the rest of Eulogy Records' roster (either at the time of this album's release or the present day), the California natives decidedly are and were the cream of that breakdown-laden crop.

Opting for a screamy hardcore sound instead of the chugging of their former labelmates, the Warriors have provided an engaging vehicle for what is the real cargo -- the lyrically told coming-of-age tale based off Herman Hesse's Siddhartha. The story of a young man looking for the meaning of life, and in doing so, finding the meaning which he possesses within.

Those themes are sprinkled all through the album: "I Won't" represents the beginning stages, where the protagonist is looking for something solid to grab on to.

And they may say I'm a coward, that these pursuits are in vain / But I will sprint, I will sail away / But now they say it's in fear, that I'll be broken, guilted, cheated / But you will never see me fail.
As important as the story and plight of the person it's being told about, is the music it's set to. Marshall Lichtenwaldt's rabid vocals call later Snapcase works to mind, in that those vocals are delivered in a very methodical, calculated, yet intense way. In vocals and instrumentation, the Warriors place the majority of their emphasis on rhythm -- the album is loud, and it's heavy, but every track sounds different than the last because their approach is never the same.

"Shadows of Birth" leads in with some melodic chord progressions that slowly but surely increase in volume, and while that's happening, drum fills sporadically accent those chords, also becoming louder until the booming vocals come in and the rhythm swings into a rise-and-fall sound that allows the lyrics to be delivered by a back-and-forth between Lichtenwaldt and the gang vocals that punctuate him.

Moving along in the journey of the story's protagonist, "Re-Vital-Eyes" foreshadows a possible end to the journey. Backed by a quick rhythm and frequent crashes to the cymbals, the song is symbolic of the questions that regardless of our position in life, we all ask ourselves: "It was spoken to us at birth, it said â??men, when something starts, there's got to be an end' / cycles die, when will they begin again?"

Beyond the Noise is a refreshing release from Eulogy, and was a refreshing maturation for the Warriors. They've taken the same course in their career that the protagonist of the story takes at the end of his:
Now I can never return, with walls of flames the bridges burn / Not with a match, but with a blowtorch.

 

 
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GlassPipeMurder (August 23, 2008)

good band, solid review

skankin_in_the_pit (August 22, 2008)

That shoulda went to the Sick of It All live review. Don't know why it didn't.

skankin_in_the_pit (August 22, 2008)

http://www.punknews.org/reviews/5336

TheOneTrueBill is NOT stoked. It seems like everyone knew this band sucked 2 years ago.

moneenerd (August 22, 2008)

BEYOND THE NOISE and WAR IS HELL are two of the best modern hardcore records aside from stuff put out by CURSED and MI AMORE. That new record GENUINE SENSE is very much full of shit, boring, and full of guest appearances that ruin it, they lost their guitarist and drummer which effected the song writing immensely. but still, BEYOND THE NOISE is incredible hardcore record about the trials and tribulations of the Sadharta.(sp?)

inagreendase (August 22, 2008)

Glad to see people finally see this band is full of fucking shit.

Are you basing this on two posts? I never got into this band, but that's a weird conclusion to draw.

xote (August 22, 2008)

Glad to see people finally see this band is full of fucking shit. Good for you guys. Just last year people were shitting their pants over these assholes.

mattramone (August 22, 2008)

Awful, awful group. Score is for that dude's hair.

mikexdude (August 22, 2008)

Band is trash.

I'm bitter tonight.

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