WARPATH – Bullets for a Desert Session
Hamburg, Germany’s Warpath released four albums during the early 1990’s before ending in 1996. 19 years later, they reformed with only vocalist Dirk Weiss remaining from the first incarnation, assembling a brand-new lineup for the fifth studio record "Bullets for a Desert Session". These 12 songs cross the lines of doom, thrash and hardcore – many of the riffs and hooks very simplistic and repetitive, sucking the energy out of the aural landscape quickly. Dirk’s low, raspy biker delivery doesn’t captivate either, leaving songs like "Believe" and "Crossing" at a peril less crossroads because they seem stuck in a lackluster gear stalled in a break down lane. Imagine Danzig, Life of Agony, and Pro-Pain moving headlong into some Bay Area riffs at times, but nothing really gelling.
When the drumming of Norman Rieck is the best aspect of a heavy record, you know that there’s trouble. Not one of the best from the German field, that’s obvious.