WARPATH - Filthy Bastard Culture

Warpath - Filthy Bastard Culture

14 songs
62:23 minutes
***** **
Massacre

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In the Nineties, Warpath were one of the busier bands of the second generation of German thrash metal. They released four albums between 1992 and 1996, but as they kept waiting for success to come, they decided to call it a day in 1998. They were on hiatus for seventeen years before they decided to try a comeback in 2015. In 2017 they released Bullets For A Desert Session, and a good year later they are back with their sixth album Filthy Bastard Culture.

Warpath have always had the reputation of quite a raw and nasty band. To guarantee an authentic and unpolished sound for the new album, they decided to record in their rehearsal room. Nevertheless the sound is very dynamic and has nothing in common with rehearsal recordings the way we remember them from the early days. Even though progress is unstoppable when it comes to recording techniques, Warpath’s songwriting is still like in the past. The songs are not really complex but it is unmistakable that the guys have a good time performing their harsh music. Warpath still adhere to the classic German thrash sound, but with some moody bridges and spoken word samples, they try to give their sound a more modern touch. Vocalist Dirk Weiss’ performance is incredibly raspy due to the fact that he used to smoke so much in order to sound like Lemmy Kilmister. The new album contains two incredibly brutal tracks, Filthy Bastard Culture and Violent Starr, that are featured in the science fiction movie Violent Starr which is scheduled to be released in 2019. Towards the end of the album, the band loses momentum with St. Nihil and Nebelkrähe, their first song with German lyrics. It’s a bit of a shame as Warpath sound way better as a thrash metal than as a dark metal band.

Filthy Bastard Culture is a consistent album with a good balance between primeval thrash metal and occasional slo-mo and groove parts. Despite having enough variety, the album ends up suffering from its exaggerated length. The system is not so refined that it can demand the listener’s attention for an entire hour. It’s still a good enough album, except in this case, less would have been more.

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