1987 WARLOCK managed to make their breakthrough (at least in Europe) with their fourth album "Triumph And Agony" and with it also marked the end of the combo. While the former members Peter Szigeti (Guitars) and Frank Rittel after a brief guest appearance on U.D.O.'s "Animal House" album and some demos under the name of ENGINE (if I am not wrong) disappeared without a trace, Doro Pesch started her solo career with a perpetually changing backing band, with more or less success.
At least WARLOCK managed to step off the stage with a damn good album. The ultracool opening hymn "All We Are" alone already justifies the purchase of the album, even though some people can't stand that song any more, right Ralf? Anyways, this hammer stands in one line with "Breaking The Law" (JUDAS PRIEST), "Run To The Hills" (IRON MAIDEN), "Paranoid" (BLACK SABBATH) and "Ace Of Spades" (MOTÖRHEAD)!!! But the other songs are not much worse. Especially the permanently pushing "Three Minute Warning", the loose, but still heavy "I Rule The Ruins", the mid tempo rocker "Kiss Of Death", which starts out slowly, underlaid with wolves' howling, the brilliant stomper "East Meets West" with ist totally unleashed guitar solos, the great "Metal Tango", which's title already says it all, and the fighter hymn "Für immer", alternatingly performed in German, English and Spanish.
That's how energetic, melodic Metal has to sound like! A big plus is also the majestic front cover, it could hardly get any better. That the production is top notch goes without saying, doesn't it? (Online August 25, 2003)