Warrior Soul
Rock'n'Roll Disease

1. Up The Dose
2. Rock N Roll Disease
3. Off My Face
4. Melt Down
5. Rock On
6. War Ride Children
7. Going Mental
8. After the Show

Kory Clarke - Vocals/Drums
Adam Arling - Guitar/Bass/Vocals
John Polachek - Guitar
Dennis "El Guapo" Post - Guitar/Vocals
Christian Kimmett - Bass/Vocals
Ivan Tambac - Drums/Vocals
John Besser – Drums

Last Decade Dead Century (1990)
Drugs, God and the New Republic (1991)
Salutations from the Ghetto Nation (1992)
The Space Age Playboys (1994)
Classics (2001)
Destroy the War Machine (2009)
Stiff Middle Finger (2012)
Payback’s a Bitch (2014)
Back on the Lash (2018)


Produced by Kory Clarke and Adam Arling
Mixed and mastered by Miguel Martins
Engineered by Adam Arling
Artwork by Mark Procter

Released 2019-06-07
Reviewed 2019-07-22

cargo records

Haven’t we been here before… And haven't we felt this same way. Sure in our hearts, but afraid just the same… I came to think of those lyrics written by Tommy Shaw long ago as they reflect very much the feeling of haven’t I heard this before? And the second line later in the verse it how the songwriters must have dismissed the fact that what they write have already been done to death. Perhaps it is that rock’n’roll disease that seems to have inflicted the band called Warrior Soul that apparently did political rock and good alternative metal a long time ago – that is what I have read though because this is the first time I listen to this band and it still feels like I have played this album to death the first time I put it on.

It is standard heavy rock, raw, simple, coarse vocals, relatively catchy, think of bands like Motörhead and the likes and you will know how it sounds. You have heard it before, plenty of times. The attitude of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll is as dated as the songs and the music, it feels like some dug up relic from the past, well preserved and not evolved with time. Not much variation, but at least it is short with only eight tracks targeted at the ones looking in the rear view mirror and the nostalgics while it is the finger to the music lovers.

You know, earlier this year I wrote about an album called sorry to disappoint all music lovers, I think that title would have been more fitting for this album. Sure, it isn’t really that bad, just incredibly boring, I don’t like nostalgia and if I want to hear the old stuff there is enough of it already (hasn’t Motorhead released a whole heap of albums?), we don’t need more just like we don’t need more Marvel or superhero movies. There is this unhealthy way of clinging to the past that we humans seems to have and that is probably the reason for albums like this, I can understand it if it was made to make money, otherwise it is completely pointless and just adds more sound pollution that might make us miss the good stuff that is being released.

Perhaps they should visit a doctor to get to terms with this disease in order to release something worthwhile because this is what the cover suggests, a middle finger straight in the face. There are merits by looking at history, to avoid problems like the world wars and other things because if we don’t learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. But that is one thing, clinging to a decadent past is another thing and that is counterproductive, it is bands and albums like this that makes our lives more boring than they need to be. I recommend another album over this one.






Label: Livewire/Cargo Records UK
Three similar bands: Saxon/Motörhead/Bonafide
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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