ALBUM REVIEW: The Warriors – Monomyth

Release Date: December 13th 2019
Label: Pure Noise Records
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Returning after eight years, Californian hardcore quintet The Warriors are back with ‘Monomyth’. Their fifth full-length sees them picking up where they left off, leaning on death metal influences to bring their brand of hardcore to a new audience.

With a slow build and a raw coda by vocalist Marshall Lichtenwaldt, the crunching ‘All Life Is One’ kicks the record in typical hardcore fashion. Filled with jagged guitars and groove heavy breakdowns, the simple yet effective track sets the tone for the no nonsense record.

Displaying his trademark death metal influenced screams, Lichtenwaldt roars throughout ‘The Painful Truth’ as guitarists Javier Zarate and Charlie Alvarez deliver duelling harmonies. Alongside the melodic death metal injection, the track utilises glitch synths, tight breaks, and stomping breakdowns to deviate from the expected.

With the state of hardcore changing rapidly since their last record, ‘See How You Are’, the quintet embrace additional synths and textures to create a more dynamic record. With segues such as ‘Yu’ukwep Nukagüd (Death Dancer)’ and ‘Tavi Üüs Yukwenaak (The Sun Is Dying)’ embracing ambient soundscapes and experimental vocal manipulation, the tracks are welcome additions to a record dominated by chunky guitars and stomping drum beats.

Displaying a mid-tempo groove on ‘Death Ritual’, the group invoke southern hardcore tropes to deliver a catchy and crowd-pleasing track. Continuing on branching out from their previous sound, ‘Within, Without’ touches on melodic passages and lead guitar driven choruses alongside the breakneck vocals and accented snares.

As the record progresses, The Warriors fully embrace the new iteration of hardcore, as the clean vocals and restrained guitars of ‘Fountain Of Euth’ see the quintet move away from the third wave of the subgenre that they came up in. Trying to balance both sides of their sound, ‘Burn From The Lion’ jumps right back into Sick Of It All flavoured riffs and stamping cymbals before delving into low chants and tapping melodies.

With ‘Monomyth’, The Warriors have stepped into the new wave of hardcore with a record that attempts to combine both eras of the group. Whilst there are moments that stand out, as a whole it doesn’t quite reach the level of their contemporaries, but with ‘Last S.O.S.’ showing promise of what they can bring to a new generation, there’s further potential within them to be revealed.