Label: Bastardized Recordings
You get home after a long day at work. Your job means nothing to you beyond a way to pay the bills. Your boss has been on your back all day, and the outside world isn’t providing much comfort either. So, what do you do? You could sink in to self-pity, and let the cycle repeat day after day. Or, you could stick on Warpath, the new record from crossover/hardcore bruisers Bronson A.B, and have it help you find the motivation to make a positive change in your life. This is the kind of record that’s perfect for lifting you out of a negative mood, using its pissed-off energy to create something that’s invigorating and inspiring.
Warpath is a record that really lives up to its name. Taking aim at the daily horrors in our modern world – most memorably on the righteously crushing anti-Nazi ‘Eat Shit’, which tells the far right to do just that – and standing up for those less fortunate (‘For the Weak’), Warpath is an album that is determined not to let the weight of the world drag it down.
If there’s any issue with Warpath, it’s that it doesn’t really do anything to build upon the sounds laid down by the NYHC and crossover masters of old; there’s a lot of Sick of it All, a lot of Madball, more than a dash of D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies – all the influences and sounds you’d expect for bruising hardcore like this, basically. But, when the results are as hard-hitting as they are here, it’s not much of a problem. Warpath isn’t an album that lends itself to critical consideration; it’s an album that’s all about how much heart and desire it’s played with, and on those fronts, Warpath is hard to fault.
As negative as the subject matter is on Warpath, it is an album that has no time for self-pity. Instead, like the classics of NYHC and early crossover, it’s an album that might be born negativity, but is pushing for a better world. Spend a little time with it, and you will be too – this is inspirational.