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Krush the Enemy (Housecore)

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Fri., March 18, 2011

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Warbeast

Krush the Enemy (Housecore)

Philip Anselmo went hardcore when he lit the fuse on Arson Anthem, so he's transplanted his metal brain into the mixing desk. Lucky for Dallas-Fort Worth 1980s all-stars Warbeast that the producer still loves his thrash, as their opening volley could be torn out of a Metal Blade catalog circa 1989. "Born With a Blackened Heart" comes bloodied on British Steel before the Bay Area blast of "The Controller" and the NYHC grunt of "Stalker" howl. Metroplex guitar speedsters Rick Perry and Scott Shelby haven't dropped a gear in two decades since redlining through Gammacide's Victims of Science, and Anselmo's big contribution is finally giving Rigor Mortis vocalist Bruce Corbitt the sonic polish he deserves, letting his guttural roar explode. This beast bites fast, and its teeth are still sharp. (Wed., 12mid, Emo's Jr.)

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