The War of A Thousand is the sixth album from American metal band Death Flower. It was released on March 2nd 2010, and has been in production since November 2009. It was announced on January 14th 2010 that the album had been pushed forward from the original March 28th date, due to the speed of production.
Following 2008's Sickened Offspring, the band toured across the USA for majority of 2009. Chris Davenport expressed in April interview with Metalix that the band were eager to return to the studio. Davenport's brother Leon Davenport's death stunted progress in the album, but the band did release a single "Brothers In Arms" as a tribute to Leon in late 2009. Davenport confirmed the band had returned to the studio in November, and have been working on the album since. It is unclear whether "Brothers In Arms" will be included as a song on the upcoming album. It was announced in late January 2010 that Death Flower would re-released their first album Eviscerating Sons of Chaos to commemorate its 10th anniversary, with additional live material. The re-issue is due for February, while the album will follow in late February. "Dreams Ethereal" was released as a single on February 23rd to promote the album. It was positively recieved by critics and fans alike. The album was released on March 2nd 2010. On March 16th 2010 "Invaders of the World" featuring Trivium's Matt Heafy was released as a the second single off the album. "Rise and Take The Lands" featuring Tool's Maynard James Keenan was released as the third single on April 20th 2010.
In December 2009, Chris Davenport confirmed rumours that Tool's Maynard James Keenan would make a guest appearance on the new album, as the band wanted it to have a Tool/progressive metal feel to it, while still retaining the metalcore of their previous releases. In January 13th 2010 Davenport and the band released the news that Keenan was appearing on a few songs, one of which being called "Rise and Take The Lands". The band have also said that Benji Webbe of Skindred, Matt Heafy of Trivium, Lacey Mosely of Flyleaf, and Simone Simons of Epica will be appearing on the album. Howard Jones and Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage also appear on the album, with Jones lending his vocals and Adam Dutkiewicz lending his guitar, as well as backing vocals. Machine Head's Robb Flynn also appears, lending his guitar and vocals. The band were also trying to get Jerry Cantrell to appear also. The band sucessfully gained time with Cantrell, but they felt that to make a song with him didn't feel right, and instead they have stated paying homage to Layne Staley by playing a cover of "Would?" with Jerry Cantrell on the new album.
"The War of A Thousand" was widely well recieved from the reviews so far. It averaged a general score of 87% on RawMusic.com, and recieved 96% from Metalix.com.
Critics said: "The album, though abundant in guests, never betrays the classic and true Death Flower sound. The War of A Thousand is different, and progressive territory, but it never fully leaves the Death Flower metalcore roots, which keeps the record sounding like a Death Flower record. The band have also done exceptionally well in picking the right songs for the right guests, and their take on Would? with Jerry Cantrell would make Layne Staley proud".
MetalHeaded gave the album and the band an extensive review, covering their discography:
"Death Flower, hailing from New Jersey circa 1999, have become one of the best and most underrated young metal bands of the 21st century. With their first and foremost album, 2000's Eviscerating Sons of Chaos, the band gave us loud, screaming, crashing riff-heavy songs mixed with softer more emotional tracks, with standouts being Betrayed and Fading Light, showing both sides of the band. 2002 followed with their sophomore effort, Soulsucker, which showed a mature and more experimental sound, none forsaking their metalcore roots. The song written by a drug battling Caleb Edwards, Drug of Life, proved to be one of the band's biggest and most popular songs, and a slew of other decent tracks followed. In 2004 the band released their third album Broken Wings, a more melo effort, but littered with bursts of aggression. The title track went from sheer aggression to emotional rawness with such effortlessness, and the other singles and songs on the record were also a decent offering for the growing NJ four-piece. Two years later, 2006's Virus In The Blood arrived, with a more emotional lean accompanied with guest vocals from Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia. The song featuring the Italian goddess, You and I showed Chris Davenport [vocals, guitar] and his more emotional, raw side, which was hinted on with Broken Wings.
The band's fifth effort was 2008's Sickened Offspring, a sprawling at-times-raw affair, addled with genius riffing and Chris Davenport at the top of his vocal standard. Now we see the band's sixth record, The War of A Thousand. Ever the slightly chameolonic band, Death Flower explore the murky water of progressive, and dive in unscathed, surfacing with the best parts of that genre and melding them with their metalcore roots. They may have kickstarted a new genre, or they mightn't have, either way The War of A Thousand is an epic affair of an album, nothing you'd expect from this young men, and definitely surprising to see the eclectic mix of guests."
Chris Davenport confirmed on the band's website www.deathflowerband.com that the band would be touring during March and onwards to support The War of A Thousand, with Maynard James Keenan appearing at a few of the shows. They played their first show in Ohio on March 5th, three days after the album's release, selling out. Maynard James Keenan appeared with the band, to sing on the tracks he had on the album: "Rise and Take The Lands", "The War That Broke the People", and "Neverlayn", as well as a rendition of Tool's "Stinkfist" with both Chris Davenport and Keenan on vocals. Davenport also comfirmed the band would be heading overseas, and the band toured in Australia and New Zealand through May-July, supported by The Sickness Darkly and Her Eyes In The Fire. They have a European tour scheduled for late 2010.
- "Rise and Take The Lands" (featuring Maynard James Keenan) - 5:00
- "The War That Broke The People" (featuring Maynard James Keenan) 4:34
- "Lies In The Deep" - 3:55
- "The War of A Thousand" - 5:00
- "Dreams Ethereal" - 4:00
- "Waste the Hatred" (featuring Howard Jones & Adam Dutkiewicz) 5:00
- "Odyssey" (featuring Benji Webbe) - 6:00
- "Sea of Daggers" - 5:00
- "Neverlayn" (featuring Maynard James Keenan) - 6:00
- "Invaders of the World" (featuring Matt Heafy) - 6:35
- "Garden of Eternity" (featuring Simone Simons) - 4:44
- "Would?" (featuring Jerry Cantrell) - 3:27
- "Nerve" - 2:30
- "Dying Here" (featuring Lacey Mosely) - 3:14
- "Rightful Heir" (featuring Robb Flynn) 6:00