WAR GRAVE – War Grave EP

War Grave - War Grave EP art.
  • 7.6/10
    WAR GRAVE - War Grave EP - 7.6/10


Label: Self Produced
Release date: April 26, 2024

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Continuing in the tradition of 80s Thrash Metal bands like Megadeth, Metallica and Exodus we have the debut 5 song EP from the UK’s hot new band War Grave. The album features a guest appearance by Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Judas Priest, KK’s Priest) on the track “Witch”, as he duels with War Grave vocalist Roman Kantoch (ex-More). The twin guitar attack of Trent Powell and Stuart Layne shred from the opening notes of “War Graves”, and never let up.

Long Live Thrash Metal

While bringing their own touch to classic 80s Thrash Metal, War Grave sounds right at home with the style that rocketed the 80s Trash Metal scene into the forefront. The EP was well produced by Charlie Wilson Jr. (Torchbearer, Graven Image) at London’s Monolith Studios, and is a powerful group of songs to keep metal heads head banging all the way through.

Final Notes

War Grave has given us a very strong EP, showing us what’s to come, and it’s a promise of music that keeps the Thrash Metal flag flying high. The vocal duet between Roman Kantoch and guest Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens is the first single, and a great track (see the video below). The War Grave EP is available on CD and digital formats and in exclusive bundles including the new War Grave patch and ‘Witch’ t-shirt, which is a bundle worth adding to your collection. Watch for more great things from the UK’s next great Thrash Metal band, and support these newcomers by grabbing a copy of this excellent five song EP today.

War Grave band photo - 2024.

Lineup – War Grave

  • Roman Kantoch – Vocals
  • Charlie Gossett – Bass
  • Trent Powell – Guitar
  • Stuart Layne – Guitar/Backing Vocals

Guest Artist

  • Tim “Ripper” Owens – Guest vocals

War Grave EP – Tracklist

  1. War Graves
  2. Enchained
  3. Witch
  4. Revenge Is Near
  5. Price To Pay

Check out the video for “Witch” featuring guest artist Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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