- Released: June 21, 2005
- Label: Hellcat Records
- 1.Your Spirit's Alive
- 2.The Warrior's Code
- 3.Captain Kelly's Kitchen (Courtin' in the Kitchen)
- 4.The Walking Dead
- 5.Sunshine Highway
- 6.Wicked Sensitive Crew
- 7.The Burden
- 8.Citizen C.I.A.
- 9.Green Fields of France, The (No Man's Land)
- 10.Take It and Run
- 11.I'm Shipping Up to Boston
- 12.The Auld Triangle
- 13.Last Letter Home
Dropkick Murphys: Marc Orrell (vocals, guitar, accordion); James Lynch (vocals, guitar); Ken Casey (vocals, bass guitar); Matt Kelly (vocals, drums, bodhran); Al Barr (vocals); Tim Brennan (acoustic guitar, mandolin, whistle, accordion); Scruffy Wallace (bagpipe).
Personnel: Laura Casey (viola, cello); Anders Geering, Doctor Charles Steinberg, Julie Cordeiro, Jeff Horrigan, Lance Burnett, Josephine Lyons, Tommy O'Connell, Tom Madden, Peter Chase, Bill Janovitz, Bronson Arroyo, Lenny Dinardo, Johnny Damon, Mark Rogoff (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Dr. Charles Steinberg, Sara Stevenson, Julie Cordeiro (background vocals); Jeff Horrigan, Peter Chase, Bill Janovitz, Laura Casey, Bronson Arroyo, Lenny Dinardo, Johnny Damon, Mark Rogoff.
Audio Mixers: Dave Westner; Jim Siegel.
Recording information: Q Division, Somerville, MA (06/2004); The Outpost, Stoughton, MA (06/2004); Woolly Mammoth Studios, Boston, MA (06/2004).
Photographer: Paul Harries.
Boston's Dropkick Murphys turn in another collection of Irish-tinged punk rock on The Warrior's Code. The tempos are breakneck for the most part, and the energy is accentuated by the alternating lead vocals, a tag team of rage and bravado. That the group doesn't take itself too seriously is demonstrated on "Wicked Sensitive Crew," in which the singers discuss how they've been misunderstood as they've toured the world, when in fact they are "touchy feely sensitive guys." As if to demonstrate their sensitivity (sentimentality is more like it), they cover Eric Bogle's "The Green Fields of France (No Man's Land)," a reflection on the loss of a soldier in World War I and the general futility of war that is taken at a ballad tempo and even begins with a piano. They have also been to the Woody Guthrie archive of unpublished lyrics, and come away with "I'm Shipping Up to Boston," a goofy song they set to typically blistering rock. (In 2006, the song was given greater exposure when it was used in Martin Scorsese's Academy Award-winning film The Departed.) The theme of war dead is brought up to date with the closing track, "Last Letter Home," the epistolary true story of a Dropkick Murphys fan who died in Iraq; the band played at his funeral. It is here that the punk rage seems to find a purpose. ~ William Ruhlmann