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Militia - Strength And Honor

Strength And Honor
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 03 August 2012, 10:18 AM

Every band has its own story, success through failure or the other around. The US Power / Thrash Metal band of MILITIA is one of those 80s reminiscent that got to entice others with a small EP release only years after their breakup. In MILITIA's case it was with their 1984's EP that thrilled many hearts in the European Metal scene in the early 90s after being out of sync since 1986 when they disbanded. I call it tough luck but I think that when looking back and right into the present, maybe that breakup was needed after all. After turning some screws in the present Metal scene, MILITIA finally released their debut full length album "Strength And Honor" on their own. Certainly they have something to prove and they sure did it quite impressively after experiencing it, a US 80s Power / Thrash Metal in the vein of the classic JUDAS PRIEST, METAL CHURCH, SEVEN WITCHES, HELSTAR and early METALLICA.

MILITIA didn't seem to forget the origins that made them what they are today. Following the heavier patterns of Bay Area Thrash that contributed to fine riffing that summoned a few classic like examples and the intense drumming that also displayed great talent and sturdiness, MILITIA implemented NWOBHM melodies and fine lead guitar outbursts. Most of the material is like a amalgamation between aggression, sheer punching straightforwardness and classic melodic Metal showcasing. As for the vocals, MILITIA were able to savor their banshee high pitched Rob Halford & James Rivera influenced lead singer to secure the front end of the coming mayhem. "Injustice" reminded me of several of 80s American Metal bands, mainly the old Speed / Thrash ones that dealt with social decay. Aside from the usual intense riffing, there is a display of great melodies and a top notch solo spectrum. However the crushing blow of "We Need A New Enemy” turned out to be a pure Power / Thrash classic, it reminded me of the older METAL CHURCH and HELSTAR releases of the mid 80s. This is a heavy with song filled with toughness and anger with a clear message revealed throughout the chorus. Above the typical songs of the compilation of genres I liked "The Black Marauders", "Unveil The Faith" and "Furious" that surged with speed and great riffages this making this release even better after another listen.

For those who have been tuning to this band this album must be an incredible event, especially with a first album out. I think that I ought to have crack on their early EP and challenge their worth. But for now I have this release. Without listening to the early days I can imagine that MILITIA won't leave their old habits behind so quickly. I am sure that they will be monitoring the critics about their release in order to see if their material is suitable for the present. Nonetheless, I assume that after all they will head on to pursue what they believe and admire, and so they should. All that is left is for a label to sign them because they are worth it.

4 Star Rating

1. A Call To Arms
2. Furious
3. The Judas Dream
4. Before The Fall
5. Doomed
6. And The Gods Made War
7. Onslaught
8. Injustice
9. The Black Marauders
10. Unveil The Faith
11. We Need A New Enemy 
Jesse Villegas– Guitars
Tony Smith– Guitars
Robert Willingham– Bass
Mike Soliz– Vocals
Phil Achee- Drums
Record Label: Independent


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