WAR//PLAGUE: On a Darker Dawn: LP

Heavy and dark stuff here. Metallic crusty hardcore with a political conscious coded in apocalyptic lyrics. The dual guitar piles on layers of darkness and creates a feeling of unease and despair when one solos over the main riff of the other. It’s as though the world is about to plunge into an era of darkness. The opening of “Harvest” is great. Very on the metal side, with the down tuned guitars—and build up from the rest of the band—it creates a tension that is slowly released with every measure. When they hit the riff after the first verse and let it hang for a minute —yeah! At times they can be overdramatic, such as on the ending of “Pack of 1,000 Wolves,” where you hear wolves howling and the vocalist spitting out “One!” a few times. But other than that, and it’s a minor carping really, this record is pretty good. They create a mood and hold it. The musicianship is solid as hell. I’m pretty damn jaded when it comes to this style, especially after years of it dominating the L.A. area with not very good bands. War//Plague are definitely not a clone band. They breathe some new life into the genre.

 –M.Avrg ((Profane Existence)