Return To Life

An Album By

War Of Ages

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Heavyweights War of Ages have brought the heavy back in a big way with their fifth release, Return to Life. The ten-track album was recorded with and engineered by Zeuss, who, along with the band, produced a different sound than on their previous records. With a noticeably richer, more melodic/ less hardcore sound, these are songs you’ll want to listen to over and over. “Redeemer” and “Psalms” are two numbers that flaunt the singing of guitarist Mark Randazzo (who’s been filling in for axeman Branon Bernatowicz), cleanly complementing frontman Leroy Hamp’s powerful vocals. The short, beautiful, “M.E.B.,”is a perfectly placed acoustic guitar interlude before the brutal, almost oddly-named, “Song of Solomon.” It seems too good to be true when a song of praise like “Final Act” can slam as hard as it does with lacerating guitar volleys to boot. That’s War of Ages forte, and they’ve continued to push forth their legacy with this one.