The Warrior’s Code contains pretty pieces (intro to "Your Spirit’s Alive") and some dumb lyrical content ("The Warrior’s Code" blares out that a "Winner never quits!"). But the amalgamation of pipes and distorted guitars is a lot of fun.
"Captain Kelly’s Kitchen" is one of those crazily contagious pub songs and is guaranteed to lead to lots of ale drinkin’. "The Walking Dead" is a favorite track and definitely a highlight, griping about "a different generation with the same sad song." "Sunshine Highway" is where it begins to get old, with a bland verse and a monotonous chorus to match.
After that, it all starts sounding the same. "Wicked Sensitive Crew" is more of a narrative than a song and can grate on the nerves. "The Burden" picks up again with a more interesting sound and less screaming – more radio-ready perhaps. "The Green Fields of France" is a nice cover ballad of an old Celtic tune, which plays out rather nicely. "I’m Shipping Up to Boston," with lyrics by Woody Guthrie, starts out like it should be a KISS song, but then gets trite. Bonus track "Tessie" is the official anthem of the Boston Red Sox. It’s kind of a pumper, but just OK.
So, the CD is lukewarm. Some of it sounds great, but more than half of it is plain boring.