The 1984 film 'Spinal Tap' showed us all that a review can be made of just two words. In the case of Redrum's debut/re-recording 'War Blood Honour' it's tempting to repeat the exercise. Being a supergroup of sorts has elevated the sense of disappointment here. Reading the blurb that accompanies the disc, I had hoped for a genre twisting experience. Sadly, we have thin guitars playing over pap-pap-pap drumming, with little distinction. Vocally it's almost bearable, but only because of the dreadful music behind it. After a pointless and unwelcome introduction piece, we're straight into the relentless 'Slayghterday' (I'll forgive the title as they're Russian). It does nothing but grate the nerves. In addition, why do metal bands do covers of metal bands? Really, to make it exciting, let's hear you cover some jazz standard, or a pop tune. I have to say that Metallica's 'The Memory Remains' is hardly metal, but it's tedious to hear such a poor choice badly played. Honestly, this is the most ill-conceived album I have heard this year. However, to add some glitter to the otherwise tarnished dog-egg, the track 'XIII' is worth your time. Just. Also of marginal note is the token 'hidden track'. So then, 'Shark Sandwich'?
WAR BLOOD HONOUR
Review by Steve Cowan
1) Blooddawn (Intro)
2) Slayghterday (The Principle ov Death)
4) XIII (Modern Crusade)
5) Penetrator II (Revenge in Blood)
6) Nahema (Queentessence of Blood)
7) Red Night (Harvest Of Souls)
8) Requiem (In Memory ov My Brother)
9) Gates ov Sorrow
10) The Memory Remains (cover by Metallica)
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"...thin guitars playing over pap-pap-pap drumming, with little distinction."