by War of Ages


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Eternal, the fourth album by Pennsylvania's Christian metalcore band War of Ages, is a return to form, yet a huge musical step forward. Using their trademark in-the-red sonic attack, the group's song constructions are ever more intricate and knotty while never losing their elemental, bone-shattering power. A listen to the title track with P.O.D.s Sonny Sandoval on guest vocals is a case in point: the stellar twin guitars of Branon Bernatowicz and Steve Brown lay out a pair of melodic, overdriven riffs in quick cadences and counterpoint, while drummer Alex Hamp double-times and blastbeats the melody. As both Sandoval and Leroy Hamp alternate between sung and growled vocals, the lyric asserts itself as both song and chant. Another standout is the opener "Collapse," with its moody beginning and thundering main body. Unlike their previous offerings, Hamp is unafraid to use his actual singing voice to contrast with his rather unsettling metallic growl. The band once again worked with Daniel Castleman and Tim Lambesis at Lambesis Studios, but this time out, produced themselves. Lambesis -- a member of As I Lay Dying -- also provides guest vocals on "Desire," as does his bandmate, Josh Gilbert, on "Lack of Clarity." In sum, War of Ages' overt Christian message of hope entwined with its barely-in-control metallic assault make this band's sound attractive to those outside the faith as well as within it. Their now distinct meld of hardcore and death metal make them a band whose individuals and message happen to espouse a Christian worldview rather than as one that may only appeal to Christian audiences. Ultimately, Eternal is the sound of a group coming into its own the old-fashioned way, they slowly developed over through three previous offerings and finally deliver the big one here. ~ Thom Jurek.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Facedown
UPC: 0803847109123
catalogNumber: 91

Album Credits

Performance Credits

War of Ages   Primary Artist
Tim Lambesis   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Steve Brown   Guitar,Group Member
Leroy Hamp   Vocals,Group Member
T.J. Alford   Bass,Group Member
Alex Hamp   Drums,Group Member
Josh Gilbert   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sonny Sandoval   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Branon Bernatowicz   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Dave Quiggle   Art Direction
Kelly Cairns   Engineer
War of Ages   Composer,Producer
Daniel Castleman   Producer,Engineer
Leroy Hamp   Composer,Lyricist

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Eternal 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This is another one of my favorite of those type of bands that I can just buy an album from without hearing it 1st and know that it's going to be good. As it happens, I have heard a track or 2 from this, because I caught wind of this new album through their Myspace, and what I heard sounds amazing! On one of their tracks, they are being joined by Tim Lambesis...the lead singer of As I Lay Dying, (As I Lay Dying of which, I am to understand, is releasing a new album in late Spring or early Summer themselves, which is exciting news too). In any case, I wanted to come on here now and assure everyone that loves metal that War of Ages is an awesome band, and this album is going to be good. It's not out for another month yet, and so if you haven't heard War of Ages before and are intersted, go and check them out online or something...most particularly stuff from their Arise & Conquer album, but any of their 3 previous albums are good in my opinion, and decide for yourselves. I for one cannot wait for this album. For those of you peepin this that are War of Ages fans and have not yet heard anything from this upcoming release, I assure you sounds like it's gonna be pretty freakin awesome! I for one will be at the store 1st thing on April 13th to pick this one up, at which time I will listen to it and give a follow up review. You all would be wise to do the same. Keep it metal 4 Christ! >XD
pwr84 More than 1 year ago
now this is some good stuff yea they kinda went as i lay dying meets killswitch engage but its still pretty good i think anyways didnt know leroy can sing from there humble beginnings till now they have really progressed i did think it was kinda weird that they did a song with sunny from POD but it worked out alright i hope they keep at God bless those guys