Some bands who have been around for a long time arguably manage to not change their sound and yet still remain relevant and fresh sounding release after release, while other bands feel a need to update their sound after a few albums. Sometimes this works, sometimes not. War of Ages latest album, Return to Life, is their fifth full-length album on Facedown Records and seventh release overall since 2004 and brings in some new elements to their trademark sound.
Ever since their first release on Strike First Records in 2005, War of Ages have reminded me of Hatebreed. Maybe it’s Leroy Hamp’s guttural screaming vocals, maybe it’s the fact that they have remained true to their style and sound while others change with the times. War of Ages to me have always presented a blend of old-school hardcore with some metal guitars, truly metalcore. Alex Hamp’s drumming and Steve Brown’s guitar work has always worked to bring together the metal and the hardcore. Chugging riffs, rough, screaming vocals, double bass thumping along, and guitar solos…what more could one want in an album?