War - _We Are... Total War_
(Necropolis Records, 2001)
by: Aaron McKay (6 out of 10)
In CoC #42, Paul Schwarz didn't care a lot for this effort, giving it a 3 out of 10. Earlier, Steve Hoeltzel granted a standing for War at a 5 out of 10 in 1998 (CoC #29). Of my two esteemed and respected colleagues, I align myself a touch more with Steve on this one. War secures my respect here by the virtue of their honesty. A stark lack of embellishment seems to drive this band forward with a ferocity achieved by a simple few. Speaking of simple, there is little substance to War other than Satan-praise and contemptuous metal. Comprised of both _Total War_ and _We Are War_, this CD nicely packages a couple efforts that have now become unavailable. Chaos breeds chaos and it seems to follow War around like a lost puppy (see the inside cover of _We Are... Total War_). All I can tell you, if you are looking for some other (not necessarily better) Peter Tagtgren, Mikael Hedlund and Blackmoon material, this compilation effort might be for you.

(article published 12/8/2001)


ALBUMS
8/12/1999 P Schwarz 3 War - We Are War
3/10/1998 S Hoeltzel 5 War - Total War
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