Warbringer, Enforcer, Exmortus & Cauldron Concert Review, Austin, TX, February 11, 2016
Quick and easy review today.
Having only been mildly familiar with all of these bands and being on the guestlist (thanks Metal Assault!), I took the decision to see this show that started at 645PM and would be done by 1030PM. Silly sound ordinances in downtown Austin have made it like this. Live Music Capital of the World? pfft.
Cauldron goes on and they left me flat like they do on the one album I’ve heard. They just don’t have the “umph” needed to keep me interested. Production on the album I heard was really thin and they sounded thin live, and not because of the PA. I think the singer, who has a decent voice, just doesn’t project it at all. Not to mention the band was sloppy in general. Decent riffs that go nowhere. I really think the addition of a second guitarist would help. And maybe a metronome or some extra rehearsals every now and then. A touring band typically gets pretty tight. They’re a band that I really want to like but just can’t.
Exmortus was up next and I didn’t care too much for what I had listened to online, but they won me over live, mainly based on the guitar work. Both guys are shredders and I was totally hooked in. I look forward to seeing them again. There were a lot of Exmortus fans in the crowd singing every song, which was cool.
Enforcer (SWE) came next and had the biggest crowd of the night. A good amount of the crowd was certainly familiar with their material. Their singer/guitarist is a good frontman and the band was solid overall. You’re not getting anything original here but they were at least fun. My favorite part was his little Texas metal speech. Something to the effect of, “We were influenced by a lot of great Texas metal, and not that Pantera bullshit. I’m talking Militia, Wyzard and Watchtower!”
Warbringer closed out the night with their mix of thrash and death metal. They share a guitarist with Exmortus, so some of the solos were killer. While I wasn’t into the spurts of the blast beats, their drummer was certainly skilled. They put on a solid set for sure.
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