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Conquest: The War We Rage
Conquest The War We Rage Album CD Review

Conquest: The War We Rage

Heavy/Power/Thrash Metal
4.0/5.0

Stirring up the American metal scene since 1988 is St. Louis band Conquest, arriving with their seventh long player, The War We Rage, in 25 years. Though not from the Bay Area of California, Conquest continues to revisit old school thrash mixing it up with classic heavy and power metal.

Conquest The War We Rage Band Photo

Conquest: guitarist being attacked by cousin It.

As you might gather from the title there's a thread of theme running through the album as several songs about war including Never Forget, Live Free Or Die (introduced by a quote from Ronald Reagan's speech endorsing Sen. Barry Goldwater for president in 1964 and, introduced by a quip from Churchill, The War We Rage.

Musically, there's little to elaborate upon. Lead by Derrick Brumley's true metal vocals, think a tamer Sean Peck or rougher Rob Halford, and lightning guitar work, most songs are simply blistering thrash. Take note of the aforementioned, but also the raging Against All Odds, Tomorrow's Black, or Coming With Vengeance. You get a more dialed down, more melodic, less heavy, Conquest with Turn Me Away, almost a metal anthem/ballad and Fall From Grace, although this has its moments of bluster. If you imagine a cocktail of Testament and Metallica with a small dash Judas Priest, you might get sonic idea of Conquest's sound. Check out Scream For My Life that latter dash. Otherwise, if you dig straight old school thrash as it should be done, not the modern stuff with hardcore rammed up it's arse, you'll enjoy Conquest's The War We Rage.


Conquest - The War We Rage Sampler





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In Short

If you dig straight old school thrash as it should be done, not the modern model with hardcore rammed up it's arse, you'll enjoy Conquest's The War We Rage.

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