Posted in metal | music on January 13, 2014

By Doug Moore

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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.

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Comments (14)

"Oh, death metal. We can always rely on you for absurd, head-scratcher band photos"

You damn skippy, Hoss

Just SMH

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:21 PM

going for a post apocalyptic vibe is my guess, I can dig that

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:33 PM

Walking Dea-th Metal?

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 2:55 PM

smh at these silly sausages

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 3:35 PM

Mom, can I sleep over at Timmy's?
Ask your Warfather!

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 3:47 PM

Dude on the right definitely gagged on a few in his time

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 3:53 PM

STILLWAITING....

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 5:16 PM

War Paint > Warfather

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 8:42 PM

Warmfarter

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:03 PM

Another reason why this genre has run out of ideas.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 10:57 PM

I love death metal. But there is an embarrassing spinal tap absurdity to it all.

Posted by Anonymous | January 13, 2014 11:52 PM

It is also good sometimes that we try to look at some phases of the music industry.

Posted by Review Solution | January 14, 2014 8:10 AM

this is great smiles,I have bought the album,its great to hear Steve's voice again´╗┐

Posted by Ren | November 1, 2014 11:01 AM

true man, best presentation

Posted by Hernan Lomaquiz7 | November 21, 2014 2:59 AM

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