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Warlord - And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun...

8.8 | 110 votes |
Release date: October 1984
Style: Heavy metal


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01. Beginning
02. Lucifer's Hammer
03. Lost And Lonely Days
04. Black Mass
05. Soliloquy
06. Aliens
08. Child Of The Damned
09. Deliver Us From Evil
10. End

Top 20 albums of 1984: 5

Rick ''Damien King II'' Cunningham - vocals
Diane ''Sentinel'' Kornarens - keyboards
William J. ''Destroyer'' "The Raven" Tsamis - guitar
Mark ''Thunder Child'' Zonder - drums
Dave ''Archangel'' Watry - bass

Featuring four songs that were part of the astounding debut EP, Deliver Us, the album And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun... is nothing less than monumental. Combining the skilful drumming of Mark Zonder, who would later join Fates Warning, and the goosebumps-inducing guitar melodies of Bill Tsamis that were brimming with lyricism, it is the perfect heavy metal album. The term 'underrated' is often used and is rarely as justified as in this band's case. Warlord never received commercial success, although they thoroughly deserved it. To quote Mark Zonder: "Not taking anything away from any of the great artists that I have had the honor and privilege to play with over the years, but I can say without thinking twice Bill was the most talented and dedicated guy I ever met. Obviously great musician, the world knows that, but just a great guy to hang with. Funny and very intelligent. One of the most humble people you would meet. Very matter of fact but never over the line and never handing out BS. Just straight up. Without Bill Tsamis and Warlord I have no idea of where I would be today. This was the beginning and I owe him everything. Thank you for showing me the way."

If you have never listened to this album, it is never too late to discover one of the masterpieces of heavy metal. If you already know it, play it once more to honour this great guitarist's memory. And don't forget to check out his other band, Lordian Guard.

Rest in peace, Mr. Tsamis. The cannons of destruction will never cease, the music lives forever.

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04.06.2012 - 16:00
Rating: 9

Aliens and soliloquy are one of my favorites songs especially soliloquy for the lyrics and for the keybords of course. Rick Cunningham (Damien King II) was not singing perfectly on key, but i must say that his vocals fits perfectly in songs like solilioquy and aliens. Anyway i like his vocals and this album is a materpiece. I think this album is better than Deliver Us ''EP'' just because of the videos from each song! This is a must for all true metalheads!
15.07.2018 - 15:41
Rating: 9
Jöpe of Steele

Well, this surely is a great ass album. The band must have mustered all their better songs they'd got at this point and put them on this record; and no fillers allowed! And IMO the EP's songs sound better here.

One can't avoid the thought, that what this album would be if 1st Damian was on the vocals, can one?
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03.01.2019 - 16:29
Rating: 9

Probably the most overlooked metal album on MS.
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10.02.2022 - 15:53
Rating: 9
A Nice Guy
A real classic heavy metal album, so enjoyable, with super catchy songs, and excellent songwriting, it's just as good as Riot Thundersteel imo.

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