By Doug Moore
Oh, death metal. We can always rely on you for absurd, head-scratcher band photos. I don't think anyone will ever top the utterly inexplicable pic of Gigan in a chocolate shop from a few years ago, but this Warfather promo shot comes close. Why is the guy on the left wearing a mask? Nobody else is. It looks like the dude on the right has a friggin' samurai sword strapped to his back. And there are post-apocalyptic biker babes with machine guns lurking in the background! I'm trying to come up with an explanation that covers all the bases here, but I just can't.
Warfather's music makes substantially more sense; it recalls a transitional period in the genre's history that lasted from the late '90s until the early '00s. We're streaming a song from the album over at Invisible Oranges today. From our writeup:
This band features former Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker, who performed on the underrated Formulas Fatal to the Flesh and the even more so Gateways to Annihilation, and they play in roughly the same blasty-American-DM vein. Early Hate Eternal and Krisiun both come to mind as well. Orchestrating the Apocalypse sounds straight out of '99 -- after engineers got comfortable with triggering drums, but before they got uppity about artificially fixing performances. It's a strange fusion of messy and sterile. Nostalgia usually glorifies its objects as it recalls them, but Warfather revisits the era as it was, warts and all.You can read the rest over at IO.
Orchestrating the Apocalypse will come out on January 21 via Greyhaze Records. Stream "The Shifting Poles" below.