With "Warriors Of God And Men“ the in the meantime fourth WARRIOR album is out and I am glad I didn’t have to buy this shit. However the task of having to introduce you to this work devolves upon me. Don’t get me wrong, the first WARRIOR album “Fighting For The Earth” is a mega classic and the two follow-ups “Ancient Future” and “Code Of Life” also turned out well above the average, but on the new album, average and boredom reign for the most part.
Furthermore, the production’s modern touch is quite getting on my nerves. In the meantime they are as far away from ingenious works like “Ruler” or “Learn To Love” as Rob Halford is from producing offspring. Partly the music sounds like a mixture of SAXON’s “Metalhead” and ANTHRAX’s “Sound Of White Noise”. When the music goes forward mightily as on the title track, then it is quite fun, but with time it just gets rather boring, as too little is happening.
And the simply insane melodies of former times are missing everywhere. New member Mark Storace (KROKUS) makes up for quite a lot again on the microphone. At times the old Rock Soldier bells like a hybrid between Biff Byford (SAXON) and David Wayne (ex METAL CHURCH) and, as if by magic, he produces quite some splendour into the hut. All in all a solid disc, but in comparison to the days of splendour just a small piece of garbage. (Online October 6, 2004)