This band got really fucking good! Complete with blistering riffs, well-crafted solos, loads of double bass, inhuman drum fills and absolutely scathing vocals, Richmond natives BATTLEMASTER have seriously turned their game up a notch with this phenomenal debut! The layout for this release rules and the production on this is spot-on too, dare we say "perfect" for their sound. High
ly recommended, here is their label's fairly-apt description:
Chaotic evil in alignment, hastened shredders BATTLEMASTER will run you through with their debut full-length sword, "Warthirsting & Winterbound". In a baleful reign of fantastic metal domination, BATTLEMASTER force you through a classic of a campaign, deep inside the bleak caverns of fantasy noire. These five Richmond, Virginia based adventurers speed your imagination through 10 tracks/45 minutes of belligerent but creative drumming and blackened crypt-crawling guitar-work, with a fast-paced goblinoid narration of bestial vocal variety.
"Warthirsting & Winterbound" summons an array of technical and necromantic spells of blackened thrash and forward-thinking melody to pay grim tributes to the fierce and forgotten denizens of the underdark. Recorded in the brilliance of winter with Cory Smoot (GWAR, MUNICIPAL WASTE), the debut captures the momentum and urgency a of speedfreak game of AD&D. An epic weapon of aggressive and magical properties, BATTLEMASTER's "Warthirsting & Winterbound" is a fucking stunning debut!