Celebrating its 20th anniversary with a special reissue courtesy of Transcending Obscurity Records, an unsung UK death metal classic is finally getting its dues.
Maximum Carnage, the debut album from Warlord (UK), was originally released via Nuclear Blast in 1996 and should have seen the band heralded as pillars of the UK death metal scene alongside the mighty Bolt Thrower, Benediction and Cancer. Unfortunately, despite their obvious talents, Warlord (UK) arrived a little too late to the party to make a lasting impact and an album, if released 4 years prior, that would have sent DM fans into a frenzy fell sadly by the wayside.
One spin of this colossal beast in 2016 makes this chain of events seem positively ludicrous as Maximum Carnage is undoubtedly a UK death metal classic, a death/thrash behemoth that achieves more in 8 brutally succinct tracks than many death metal acts manage in their entire careers. This is some seriously ruthless shit that’s rammed with larynx-lacerating growls and more thrashy old school death metal riffs than you can fathom.
Maximum Carnage pummels, it grooves, it thrashes and it lays down a marker for what death metal could still achieve 20 years ago….if interest in the genre hadn’t sadly waned. Building an insane amount of momentum, Maximum Carnage just gets better and better as the album progresses, culminating in the savagely sublime “Theatre Of Destruction” and “Race War”; a one-two punch that’ll knock you the fuck out!
Limited to 500 copies worldwide, experience UK death metal at its peak via this special reissue featuring two bonus tracks and a fresh layout along with exclusive liner notes from founder Mark White.
You’d be a fool to miss this gem the second time around! 8/10