This War will Last Forever

Release date: June 23rd 2006
Label: Nuclear Blast
VME (Denmark)

Rating: 80/100
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Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: June 5th 2006

Fifth release but first full-length album by Mendeed is called “This War will Last Forever” and it’s my very first encounter with these youngsters from Scotland. I can’t exactly say I’m crazy about metalcore but this album is a pleasant surprise, however when I first threw this album in my CD-player my expectations weren’t very high.

What I thought I had before me, was properly a clichéd, predictable and stereotypical metalcore release complete with chugga-chugga riffage and an angry and monotonous vocalist, but I was in for a nice surprise.

“This War will Last Forever” is not just another metalcore release, no it’s more than that. It is metalcore, thrash, harmonies, melody and twin guitar breaks. To put it simple… it is pure metal.

This album is surprisingly good and even though the songs are catchy they are very aggressive at the same time. The twin guitar leads and solos are powerful and memorable, the riffs are thrashy and aggressive and… memorable.

We get 12 tracks… 12 good tracks and Mendeed take this form of metal to a new and higher level in my humble opinion. Most metalcore bands tend to be quite boring in my spoiled ears but not Mendeed no, no… their music is varied and absolutely not boring. Sometimes they slow down a bit and then suddenly they blasts like there’s no tomorrow…but they still keep the memorable effect intact. The band is tight, the production done by Mark Daghorn is very good and I’m positively surprised.

So what remains is an overall impression that defies most criticism and makes you expect a lot of this band in the future.  

End of review!