Beyond The Noise
Coming off like Rage Against The Machine without the genius of Tom Morello, The Warriors have put out yet another album of heavy music that I can't help but be drawn towards. Combining metal guitars, hip hop grooves, a slight nod to rap in the way the vocals are approached and a hardcore attitude, these guys from a town in California are attempting to carry the torch of '90s hybrid rap-rock.
"Downbeat" is the most obvious RATM ripoff to the point it's almost embarrassing, but following the song is the first of three instrumental interludes. A minute's worth of computer sounds, feedback and a simple rhythm eases us into "Shadows of Birth," perhaps the weakest (and most nu-metal sounding) song on Beyond The Noise, but it's thankfully just over a minute in length.
It's not a noteworthy release, but while a band like The Warriors would easily fit in with the Taste of Chaos/Sounds Of The Underground crowd, I'd gladly listened to this album over just about any of those done by similar bands... but if I had my choice, I'd rather just listen to Rage.