Time to feed my addiction for early 80′s American power metal. It only grows more and more.
I didn’t come into Warlord until they’re last release, 2013′s Holy Empire and fucking fell in love with that album. Yet again, another band who I’ve always been meaning to go back and dig in to their older stuff. Well, the time has come.
The term power metal was much broader in 1983 and probably none existent as these bands were establishing what that genre would eventually be. I can only imagine what it must have been like for Warlord, with their epic, progressive, British influenced metal in the glam-filled metal landscape of California at this time. They must have seemed like fucking aliens. Like I said, we’re working with a broader definition of power metal here and on their first EP, Warlord has the power part down. Epic as hell, well for 1983, guitar riffs and song structures. There’s definitely a fantasy element to the sound and presentation, again, mostly delivered through the guitars. It sounds ancient. Not like grandpa is ancient. Like a legend is ancient. Or a myth.
For the release of their first album And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun… Warlord takes all the awesome from their EP and ups it all. Better production, more filled out sound, crazy epic songs and guitars. A new singer entered the band only to be gone after this album. The band seems to go through quite a few of them over the years, but his voice fits perfectly with the grand presence of the music.
All of this is to say Warlord fucking rules, from any era of the band. The untamed and wild era of early 80′s power metal is a vast landscape of amazing music that has gone woefully under appreciated and Warlord is among the best of this time period.