Bashes Face like: The Ghost Inside/Oh, Sleeper/August Burns Red
Pride Of The Wicked
Holy Jesus, where did these guys come from? I know what your christian mother would say after listening to even the slightest second of this: "This is not God's music! How could you listen to the crap!" And you know what? She could not be more wrong. War of Ages is by and large the most influential christian metalcore outfit today, and I have no doubts in saying this. They already display a vast amount of skill with their album, "Pride of the Wicked" where even though the lyrics can be a little preachy (what christian band isn't) they compose themselves with pride and a clear understanding of their music and the life around them. Great tracks would be "Rise From The Ashes" and "Fall Of Pride".
Fire From The Tomb
Christian metalcore does not get any better than this. War of Ages continually surprises without losing their spirit as that influential metalcore band. On top of that, this band works nonstop in both creating and supporting their music. Being a re-release of an older album, "Fire From the Tomb" the quality does fall far from amazing. There is an incredible level of talent with this band and they are not afraid to flaunt what they are about. God, and bashing the shit-soaked world we live in. So here's to a better tomorrow and a great album overall. Listen to "Stand Your Ground" and "Only The Strong Survive".
Arise And Conquer
"Don't hide behind your weakness!" Just when you thought you heard the best, War of Ages definitely got better. The instant "All Consuming Fire" came on my iPod I was hooked! I believe, "Hell yah!" were my exact words. Their continual rise to the top of metalcore shows no indication of slowing. "Arise and Conquer" displays everything that a metalcore band is about and more! Nothing but unrelenting screaming, breakdowns mixed professionally with solos, ceaseless and seamless drums, and just pure awesomeness. Do not let the Godly lyrics scare you away though, War of Ages is definitely worth the listen. Gander at "All Consuming Fire" and "Through the Flames".
Don't give up on WOA just yet folks! Yes, those are clean vocals that you hear to start off this album, but I can assure you that War of Ages is only getting better. "Eternal" takes us through melodic harmonies, unforgiving riffs, and ear-splitting solos which again, is more than what one would expect from a metalcore band, much less a christian metalcore band. If you are just being introduced to the scene, this is a great album to start with, that will instantly grab your attention. Such an exciting band to listen to. Great songs would be "Collapse" and "Failure".
Return To Life
I honestly have nothing more to say about War of Ages. Another great album to go into the niche of metalcore, which is, by design, an undeniably, unforgiving, highly talented niche. Yes, you may be hearing similar elements being played over again, but can you really start to judge such a great band?