Hailing from Novi Sad, Serbia is War Engine and their newest release is titled The Verdict. These crazy heathens play a blend of thrash and hardcore to provide you with a bone breaking sound that gets your head banging right from the get go. As a matter of fact, War Engine doesn’t give you much of a choice other than to head bang. Through eight tracks you are provided with nothing but harsh and punishing hardcore infused thrash metal that seems to aim to do nothing but break your bones.
This fusion of hardcore and thrash is a completely bombastic one and the entire record is exactly that as a matter of fact. There are no fillers or fluff what so ever as you are presented with nothing but thrashing hardcore that intends to break your neck and sever your life from this world. Each of the eight tracks barrels right at you aiming right for your jugular never stopping to take your life into consideration at all. Once you press play there is no stopping the metallic onslaught that is The Verdict, as each and every track is filled with plenty of anger, hate and contempt for everyone that listens.
The only time that you witness War Engine slowing down during a track is when you are bearing witness to a head stomping breakdown, but even then that really isn’t much of a break in action. The Verdict is an undeniably heavy and head caving release that is purely relentless and unforgiving. No matter what you do while listening there is no escape from the sonic madness that is The Verdict.
From heavy stomping down tuned riffs the rumbling bass lines and throat shredding vocals you are provided with an explosive and bombastic listen that gets your head banging and neck snapping from beginning to end. The Verdict is thrashing metallic madness that is executed well and will certainly cater to thrash and hardcore fans alike. There is something in this record that will please fans of both as the crossover is seamless providing you with a cohesive and life threatening sound.