German metal trio Warfield may be considered as newcomers in the metal arena: although the band was formed almost six years ago, they arrived only in 2018 to the important milestone of the debut LP. Wrecking Command, the firts full-lenght release from the band, follows an initial EP that was published 4 years ago and which anticipated to the fans their direct and essential sytle of music.
Warfield don’t shine for innovation: the band offers another interpretation of “teutonic” thrash metal, a genre which has seen in the last thirty years really many important references from which they could take inspiration. Anyway, we’re not dealing here with a mere exercise in style because these guys are absolutely prepared on the fundamentals of the genre and they have very clear ideas about what they want to achieve with their music. Wrecking Command proceeds straight, implacable, at medium-high speed and without any real moment of slow down, from the first to the last second of the record. This is an intentional and resolute metal attack, with no compromises. When you enter the whirling spiral of their sound, even the separation between the different songs tends to fade and the album becomes, in the end, like a single, uniform, monolitic and uninterrupted sequence of thrash riffs. Is this a negative aspect? Not at all! When the level of riffing is as good as we have here it becomes exciting and “restorative” to be carried away from such a solid and energetic stream of distorted guitars.
Warfield don’t mainfest any willingness to surprise their listeners with special effects or to impress music critics and fans with any particular stylistic innovation. If you are among the lovers of good old teutonic metal you will get what you want: an excellent collection of new thrash songs with incessant rhythms and superb riffing. If you are looking for the band that will revolutionize the future of thrash, then you have to look somewhere else.
You can listen to Wrecking Command on Spotify.
My favorite songs of the album are Barrage Fire, Divine Winds and Under the Surface.