PREMONITIONS OF WAR - GLORIFIED DIRT + THE TRUE FACE OF PANIC - METAL BLADE
Has former Victory Records' band Premonitions Of War fundamentally missed the boat given how the war has already started and is well under way or does the band have something to offer those who have already heard The Red Chord, Coalesce and the like?
As self-evident from the CD's title the album is the combination of two of the band's previous releases. One of the EPs has been reproduced here, while the other (Glorified Dirt) has been re-recorded with a new line-up which features a new singer and guest drumming by Cory Grady of The Black Dahlia Murder.
Premonitions Of War is officially classified as a hardcore band, but the six-piece will surely hold the interest of metal and grindcore fans. The band is heavy, chaotic and mixes the brutality that usually comes with death metal with sludgy hardcore crossover parts. The street hood image and the chaos shattering the speakers belie the solid riffs and powerful rhythm section occasionally. Even the production is hardly impressive, although given the band's style there might be a method to the madness. The vocalists are both rancorous and supply some wild screaming and growling. The music is interrupted by some noise and ambient tracks (as on Hanging Man). Yet ignoring the space huggers will yield a loud array of derangement. - Ali "The Metallian"