The band known as Warning formed in 1982 and was a staple of
the flourishing Bay Area pre-thrash scene for several years, but by
1986 they were done, with only a three-track demo to their credit.
Yet in the intervening years interest in the band never waned, and
so in 2000 original members Jon Torres (who has played with a number
of bands over the years since the initial breakup) and Brian Poole
decided to put a new version of the band together, and re-record
several of their old songs.
Now known as Warning S.F., the band finally released Aftermath
in 2002, featuring 7 newly recorded songs with the three '85 demo
tracks tacked on to the end.
succeeds, as while the songs were written back in
the eighties and clearly sound of that era, the recording is more
modern, with Torre Carstensen's more melodic voice lending the
tunes a touch of class.
So it's thrash metal, but beefed up with power and traditional
metal influences, giving the band a reasonably unique sound.
On the other hand, the three demo tracks
are clearly signs of the times, as they
could easily have appeared on
Kill 'Em All
Bonded By Blood
(particularly the latter,
as that vocalist sounds a bit like Paul Baloff).
They don't quite mix with the new material, though they are
decent enough in their own right and certainly will appeal to fans
of the early days of thrash.
is a satisfying, long-overdue album from
a band who may now get some well-deserved recognition.
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Lords Of Metal
- Road Death
- Sounds Of Armageddon
- Happy Doomsday
- The Noose
- Fall Upon Your Knees
- Not A Chance In Hell
- Metal Maniac
- Torre Carstensen
- Jon Torres
- Aaron Jellum
- Brian Poole
- Will Carroll