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Boris The Blade album review – Warpath

Melbourne’s metal marauders consolidate their arsenal with new album

Boris The Blade album cover

Anticipation for antipodean metal is at an all-time high right now – something that Melbourne’s Boris The Blade could capitalise on if they continue to build on the promise of 2014’s The Human Hive.

Warpath is kind of more of the same – not that that’s a bad thing. BTB deal in a pulverising brand of tech-death, and when they connect with a home run, as on the atmospheric, creeping spidery riff of Nihilist and the devastating… er… Devastator, they’d give Thy Art Is Murder a damn good spanking. Unfortunately they miss the target a couple of times. Paralysed starts slow, never really builds much momentum and seems to rely solely on an average mosh call for its kicks. Despite the odd ho-hum moment, Warpath, although bringing nothing new, is a step up in quality and thoroughly enjoyable.

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.