WARLORD UK DELIVER MORE 'MAXIMUM CARNAGE' ON THE ALBUM'S TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY
Originally released in 1996, 'Maximum Carnage' still sounds as fresh, vital and relevant and as it did twenty years ago, an album that has truly stood the test of time to the point where the tracks 'Maximum Carnage' and 'Theatre Of Destruction' still appear on the bands current live set lists, as occasionally does 'Alien Dictator'.
I recently spoke to Mark 'Warlord' White about the making of 'Maximum Carnage' and he said: "I am very proud of the album and it brings back plenty of memories. I can remember recording 'Maximum Carnage' at Paul Johnson's studio. Paul had done all the big names and then we came knocking on his door. We were a day or two late, Paul said... 'we will never get the album finished in five days!' I looked at Paul for a second and said 'Paul, how many times can someone get a three minute song wrong?' He looked and said 'I like your style'. We were tight as fuck!! We finished the whole album in just four days and that's with every afternoon down the pub."
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The main body of 'Maximum Carnage' consists of eight tracks, all a brutal, catchy and utterly compelling listen. Two of the tracks have also appeared on their second demo cassette prior to the original release of this album, namely 'Alien Dictator' which, to me, nods in subtle homage to Slayer in the riffing and 'Theatre Of Destruction'.
The title track, 'Maximum Carnage', in many ways sums up Warlord UK and is definitely one which no live show would be complete without, 'Disintegration' is punchy with stunningly haunting, closing lead work while 'Nowhere to Run' flips eloquently between the groovier and the more intense parts of its construct,
'Change' makes another subtle nod of homage, this time to Motörhead, in the riffs, as does the haunting and harrowing 'Vivesection' with its second half breakdown which bursts forth into superb squealing lead work and 'Race War'.
On the previous release there were three 'bonus' covers but for this twentieth anniversary re-release there are two superb new bonus tracks, recently re-recorded 'live' at the band's lockup in Birmingham; the legendary live anthem and title track 'Maximum Carnage'. Check out the video for that below and also 'The Fucking System' which is a brutal belter of a track.
What I have noticed between 'Maximum Carnage' (1996) and Warlord UK's most recent release, 'We Die As One' (reviewed here) and the two newer bonus tracks is how much Warlord UK have upped their game in twenty years, firstly in the development in Mark's vocal delivery. He's always had a great voice, but maturity has added a depth and richness to that growl and the rest of the band have also progressed hugely too.
The overall sound is even tighter and more crushing. There's no stopping Warlord UK; they are a force to be reckoned with and are simply a great band that just gets better with time.
'Maximum Carnage' is available from Transcending Obscurity, also there is even better news on the Warlord UK horizon as this re-release is a forerunner to a brand new album due out in 2017.