Warrior - Fighting For the Earth (CDR) 1985
1. "Fighting For the
Simply fantastic! This CD should have taken the metal world by storm in '85, but unfortunately it did not. This just goes to show there is much more than just talent involved in selling records. "Fighting the Earth" is L.A. heavy metal in the tradition of bands like Armored Saint and Odin. 100% heavy metal. Guitarist Joe Floyd is an underrated guitar player and vocalist Parramore McCarthy could shout and sing with the best of the. This CD is a classic from the sing-along metal of the title track to the funky "Mind Over Matter" to the hard rockin' closing number.
I've actually had this CDR copy of "Fighting the Earth" for a long time, but I rarely put CDR copies on my site. Well I am tired of trying to get an original copy of this CD as it only seems to be available on eBay, the place where people have more money the brains. This CD regularly sells for around $60-$75. While I think this is an excellent CD, no CD is worth that much cash. This CD is just screaming for a re-release.
Warrior - Ancient Future (Metal Blade) 1998
1. "Fight Or Fall"
Solid heavy metal with some slightly more modern influences. Killer production. I can't see why a band this good has not made more waves in the world of music. Much of the music on this disc was co-written by Roy Z, who has also worked his magic on such albums as Halford, Dickinson's "Accident of Birth" and Rob Rock's "Rage of Creation." Despite some misconceptions about this band, they are NOT a Christian band. As a matter of fact, I can't even understand how or why anyone would come to that conclusion. There is not even one song on this disc that could be misconstrued as being Christian, save for 'Pray'. "Pray" is actually a song that pays homage to those who have died on our behalf, fighting for the rights of Americans. Similarly "Who Sane?" is a song about Saddam and "Operation Desert Storm." "Fight or Fall" is a song about political corruption and scandal with a message of resistance to the powers that be. In anycase, "Ancient World" is a solid heavy metal platter that will see frequent visits to my cd player, albeit not as much as:
Warrior - The Code of Life (Nuclear Blast) 2001
1. "Day of Reckoning"
Picked up this disc after finding out their vocalist is the incredible Rob Rock. Based on his history alone, I figured it would be a good disc. Good does not even describe it; rather what we have here is jaw-dropping awesome. Killer metal with, of course, the awesome vocal talents of Rob. What else needs to be said? Also interesting side note, Bruce Dickinson and Roy Z (Fight/Halford/Dickinson) each have songwriting credits on one song each.
Warrior - The War of Gods and Men (Reality Entertainment) 2004
Who would have ever thought to connect Krokus vocalist Mark Storace with Warrior? It just sounds like an odd combination to me. It almost like connecting Mark Slaughter and putting him in Primal Fear or something. It just seems at odds. However, it actually works rather well and Storace does a commendable job on the vocals. Musically, Warrior continue to stay within the boundries of heavy metal but have explored with some slightly more modern riffing, downtuned guitars and production values. That is not to say they have a nu-metal sound at all. This should still satisfy most metal purists who long for good riffs and killer guitar solos. However, there is a distinct difference between this album and "The Code of Life." In anycase, on first listen, I wasn't sure I was impressed. Subsequent listens won me over and this will most certainly make my Top 20 of 2004.