Force 3 - Warrior Of Light

Published Friday 10th December 2010
Force 3 - Warrior Of Light
Force 3 - Warrior Of Light

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24140-17457
LABEL: Pure Metal 7900603034
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Charlie Wilson formed Force 3 who only recorded this one album after having been a member of seminal British metal band 100% Proof and this was the project he started when his previous band folded. Recorded in 1988, 'Warrior Of Light' is an early production of Armand John Petri who later worked with a slew of bands including Goo Goo Dolls and Sixpence None The Richer and who was flown into the UK by Refuge Records to work with this bunch of raw Brit rockers. Wilson takes care of vocals and lead guitar work and in places this really works so the blistering guitar work at the end of "Wondering" gives plenty of opportunity for Wilson to flex his muscles. Mainly he is the king of the riff and also the king of uncompromising messages. Highlights include the closing choruses of "Golgotha" with its repeat of "He is risen". "See The Light" grooves along powerfully while "Don't Give Up" packs a huge punch. However, it's the epic closing title track with its Gregorian chant opening and meaty metal riffing which makes for the most powerful track both from a musical and spiritual perspective. Listening to this, it deserved to get a bigger profile at the time of release but sadly didn't get the attention that other Christian metal albums of the era received. It's definitely worth seeking out if you like it when things are turned up to 11.

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