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   PREMONITIONS OF WAR
Left In Kowloon
2004
Victory Records
http://www.premonitionsofwar.com/


rating: 4/5

1. Mother Night Revisted
2. Layover
3. Night Soil
4. Stolen Breath
5. One Constant Volume
6. Black Den
7. Cables Hum Overhead
8. Citizen
9. The Octopus
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12. Dim Light District

Formed in September of 2000, Premonitions Of War was manifested by three close friends, M. Gaytan (guitar), P. Meyers (guitar) and D. Schoenhofer (drums) who had been playing in bands together for close to four years. Their overall dissatisfaction with the hardcore scene and the world in general inspired them to create music that would incorporate all of their influences - from metal to rock to electronic and more - while keeping their feet planted firmly in hardcore. "We want to make music that will combine different types of heavy music without expressing the shortcomings of any of them. We like to keep people on their toes and bring in elements from music scenes generally geared towards older audiences while still keeping it interesting to us", said Gaytan.
The line up had changed a few times, today the three friends have B. Wharton on vocals and after parted with Nick Hale begin of December 2003 the new man on bass is Adam Wentworth.

The debut "Left In Kowloon" on Victory Records is their third album if you count the EP in. They released a self-titled EP in 2000 and recorded the notable "The True Face of Panic" released by Goodfellow Records in November of 2002, touring in support of it with bands like The Red Chord, Between the Buried and Me and The Black Dahlia Murder.

First thing I noticed when started to listen to "Left In Kowloon" was the short time most songs last. The album with its 12 tracks altogether is just about 26:13 minutes and therefore Premonitions Of War used less lyrics. But even if the songs are short, with a great songwriting the album keeps a good balance of heavyness, an invasion of brutality. They did an interesting tempo mix of elements like core, grind, death, industrial, doom, sludge, Allman-esque southern rock. The death metal part strongly reminded of Morbid Angel, which isn't much of a surprise, since Premonitions Of War headed south to Tampa/FL to record their Victory Records premiere "Left In Kowloon" at Mana Recording Studios with Shawn Ohtani and Erik Rutan of Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal fame. IMO outstanding songs from the album would be "Black Den", "Cables Hum Overhead", "The Octopus" and "Dim Light Dustrict".

submitted by Silkie 01.02.2004

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