Album Review: The Warriors (UK) – “Never Forgive, Never Forget”

“Never Forgive, Never Forget” is an album of quality bare bones old-school British street punk by The Warriors who are fronted by original The Last Resort vocalist, Saxby.

There aren’t any melodic anthems on the first half of “Never Forgive, Never Forget”. Instead the songs are meat-and-potatoes and in-your-face with muscular, ominous guitar riffs and repetitive choruses. Saxby is a solid singer with his gruff, snarling vocals as he delivers his lyrics about life as a member of the English working class with attitude. The album gets more diverse and musical about eight songs in. Keep it Real is a jazzy tune with an awesome lengthy guitar solo. That is followed by Pay To Play, featuring another excellent solo and an anthemic fist-in-the air vibe. We Are Not the Enemy, continues to showcase the band’s great guitar playing and has a groovy rock n roll feel. Later on we hear, Marlon Brando, which is probably the catchiest song on the album with a fun shout-a-long chorus. The album ends with several bonus tracks including a satisfying cover of The Last Resort classic “Violence In Our Minds”.

“Never Forgive, Never Forget” is a solid album from veterans with an authentic punk rock pedigree.  Maybe it doesn’t live up to the epic standard of Skinhead Anthems, the legendary record by The Last Resort, but The Warriors aren’t trying to. It’s just a no-nonsense, minimalist, working class punk album that delivers the goods with a punch.

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