Review-I am not sure if 2012â€™s version of Warrior Soul is still the band I was a die-hard fan back in their Geffen record days or it is just another name for Kory Clarkeâ€™s second solo outlet. To listen to this cd and call it a Warrior Soul cd is very hard for me. To keep up with Kory Clarke in the last 10 years is virtually impossible, he was in and out of bands within minutes, put out a cd left a band, went to form another, went to join another, did a solo record, put out his version of Warrior Soul and so on and so on. Up to this point, I been loyal and supported the vision, until now. This cd is lazy, uninspired and nothing close to being a Warrior Soul record. Destroy the War Machine the last release a few years back, was just as bad but it had a few songs that really while not capturing the Warrior Soul vibe were decent rock songs at least. This cd is ten songs, one song is on his last solo record, he just re-recorded it and the music is just plain bad. There is only one track on this cd that I felt was even worth mentioning and again it was on his solo record Opium Hotel II and that being Junky Stripper.
Gone is the thought put into writing songs, gone is the message, gone is the all-out rock and inspiring feel of the music and in its place is a bitter man who just puts out crap and wants to rape the legacy of a band that should have been put to rest right after Classics a dozen years ago. I know Kory still holds frustration over Geffen Records not pushing the band more, and that they should have been huge, but this is not the way to thank the fans who stuck with you and fought the fight with you.
I did not mind Koryâ€™s stint with Dirty Rig and thought they put out good music. I thought they were going to release the Dark Riff with Kory singing for Trouble, and that was shelved and Kory quit. The Mob Research cd with Kory and the late Paul Raven was very good. Opium Hotel II was not so much, it was like this cd, and it was uninspired and lazy. Kory is one of those people that try to find a way to click, from going punk rock, to joining an established band, to working with people like Paul Raven and even being rumored to have with Billy Duffy. I think when Nirvana took off, Warrior Soul should have rode that wave, but look at what was going on, they were opening shows for Queensryche that he would get the crowd into almost a riot mood by attacking them, the president, and the soldiers. When you look to a crowd and you are telling people that they are not smart enough to know what is good for them or you just go on stage and read poetry to piss them off, are not ways to tell people to buy your image or cd.
This cd I am know I am supposed to be in critic mode, and be objective but this is a band that I have been a fan of for over 22 years, and supported everything they ummm I meant Kory ever did. I remember getting a Warrior Soul cd and opening it up like a kid at Christmas, and being stoked for days and now it is like how bad he will tarnish the legacy of this band. This leads me to believe what else would Kory do for a dollar? Hopefully this will be the last cd of this Warrior Soul that is not the same Warrior Soul that fans like me loved. I cannot get over how bad this record is, this is the first record I ever listened to that I know one time was too much and I would never listen to it again.
2 out of 10