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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.

Customer Reviews

I Love Haters

I've seen a lot of negative feedback about this album, most of which comes from outside of iTunes. I think it's easy to slap 5 stars on something and call it awesome or amazing, but I also don't think it's right to post completely negative reviews about just the instrumental side of the album. Metalcore is a genre that sounds a lot alike from song to song, and I would be the first to agree that this band's songs all have the same structure, but I think the true fans of War Of Ages also connect with the band lyrically. This is one of my favorite bands simply because their lyrics sound like the spiritual war of the ages (no pun intended). When I listen to any of WOA records, I feel built up and strengthened spiritually, not just entertained by the latest craze, and that is what matters to me.

It's here!

I've waited a while for this album and it was definately worth it! Every song is amazing, Immortal - 9/10, Redeemer - 10/10, Fallen Idol - 9.5/10, Silent Night - 8.5/10, M.E.B. - 8/10, Song of Solomon - 10/10, With Honor - 9.5/10, Psalms - 11/10, Final Act - 9/10, Unite - 9.5/10 if you don't have enough to buy them all, then get Redeemer, Psalms, Fallen Idol, and With Honor.

Whoever rates this 3 stars or less is a fool.

This is an improvement, I love the breakdowns and the new sound, not saying I don't like their other albums.


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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