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On both spiritual and musical levels, Return to Life is the work of a band of believers. War of Ages adheres to the bedrock essentials of metalcore even as it extolls the majesty of the Lord with palpable desperation. The Erie, Pa.–bred band continues its combat with the forces of darkness from the first song to the last, with the gentle acoustic interlude “M.E.B.” providing a break from the ongoing ferocity. On tracks like “Fallen Idol” and “With Honor,” frontman Leroy Hamp charges headlong toward explosive choruses like a man on fire, spurred by Steve Brown’s lacerating riffage. More than most of its peers, WOR avoids getting lost in gothic fantasy metaphors in favor of capturing Biblical themes in visceral terms. “Song of Solomon” and “Psalms” are prayerful expressions of unyielding faith in the face of a hostile, sin-drenched world. While embodying the violence of spiritual struggle in its music, the band builds toward an ultimate escape from oppression in the closing tune, “Unite.” Christian metalcore rarely comes as undiluted—and clearsighted—as it does on these blistering tracks.


Formed: 2003 in Erie, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Based out of Erie, Pennsylvania, decibel-pushing, spiritually charged Christian metalcore outfit War of Ages specializes in a muscular blend of post-hardcore/screamo and melodic, faith-based death metal. Formed in 2002 under the moniker Point Zero, the band issued its first album under the name War of Ages via Strike First Records in 2005. The buzz from that album carried the group over to Facedown Records for their sophomore outing, 2006's Pride of the Wicked. 2008's Facedown-issued Arise and Conquer...
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