Warrior Soul, Back on The Lash
This eighth studio album from Warrior Soul is all out metal punk with punch you in the face guitar, nihilistic lyrics that fans of the first few albums will recognise (before record company politics led the band to self sabotage and, arguably they were blown off course for a while). The original focus of the band is back, producing an album which is all killer no filler from start to finish.
‘American Idol’ is more of an extended intro than a song and is full of attitude and let’s you know this album is designed to kick your ass. ‘I get F’d up’ is, in fact, about despair about the way the world is going rather than a party song, but it’s right on the money with superb rock n roll guitar and is much cleverer than the title suggests. In fact, as the politically orientated artwork for the album shows there’s a lot more to the album than titles such as ‘Back on the Lash’ suggest and they all have super punching power and remarkable energy and accessibility, reminding of earlier rather than later Warrior Soul. Kory Clarke’s voice still has a recognisable distinct timbre all his own. It’s rough, but it is right for the material and still more than carries a tune and live, the songs coupled with his undeniable charisma, fit right in with the old classics more than pulling their weight. ‘Thrill Seeker’ has long passages of passionate blistering riffs that give the material a youthful tone. The professionalism is veteran no doubt, but the enthusiasm seems like they are just out of the traps on a race to oblivion.
‘I’ve Got the Rock’ and ‘That’s How We Roll’ appear on first listen to be basic rock n roll anthems, but they’re memorable and full of strut and pose. Arguably this album looks deceptively simple at first sight, but its cunningly brilliant, in that it’s not just a great rock n roll record full of devil may care lyrics, it’s also incredibly worldly wise.