Feb 04

Warfather – Orchestrating the Apocalypse (2014)

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Steven Tucker is a familiar name to many us of in the metalsphere as the man who fronted Morbid Angel through the late 90s and into the early 2000s.  After pitching in as an important piece of the Nader Sadek project, he has finally set out on his own with Warfather and their debut album, Orchestrating the Apocalypse.

Right from the start you can hear the heavy Morbid Angel influence, not necessarily in the degree of technicality, but with the guitar tone and phrasing.  It’s obvious that Tucker picked up a lot of pointers from Trey Azagthoth and tried to pack in everything he learned on this album.   Fans will also hear Steve Tucker and note that there are definite strains of Nergal from Behemoth and even a bit of Piotr Wiwczarek  of Vader woven into his vocal delivery.  So you’re likely a bit excited to know how all of this works together on the album.  Given the picture that was painted, you would think that it sounds killer, but it doesn’t.

The biggest fault of the album is the thin and flat production.  While it can be seen as Warfather trying to emulate and capture the essence and atmosphere of early 90s death metal, the result falls far short of the intended goal.  The guitars are completely hollow and empty, not to mention that it is particularly incoherent and even sloppy at times.  There are often moments when the guitar doesn’t seem to fit with what is happening with the song.  The opening of Gods and Machines is a glaring example that exemplifies the lack of tightness on display throughout the album.  The sweep picking throughout the song (and the rest of the album) does nothing to help matters.

The drums have absolutely no power or authority.  They sound mechanized, straightforward and are pretty much devoid of any style or personalization. While having a discernable bass tone isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for impeccable production, the little bit of bass you can make out on this album is virtually weightless.  Orchestrating the Apocalypse makes the notoriously thin And Justice For All sound like a goddamn roaring beast; the fact that AJFA is a classic notwithstanding.

Orchestrating the Apocalypse only clocks in at 42 minutes, but it feels like a needlessly exhausting exercise in endurance.  Many tracks tend to drag on, making the album feel incredibly long.  Listening to it, you can hear that the spirit and the ideas are there.  However, they never realize any of their potential because Warfather sounds like they could have used more time together to tighten things up a bit, although they’ve been together since 2012.  In addition, it’s hard not to imagine that an outsider’s perspective as a producer would do miracles for the recording.  Perhaps time and more abundant resources will allow the band to enter the studio and attempt another album.  With the proper pieces in places, they could certainly be pretty good.

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Tracklist:
1. XII
2. Legions
3. My Queen Shall Not Be Mourned
4. Taunting The Deity
5. The Shifting Poles
6. Waltz Of The Solstice
7. Summoning The Warfathers
8. Ageless Merciless
9. The Chaos Of
10. Gods And Machines
11. Ashes and Runes
12. We Are The Wolves

Genre: Death Metal

Record Label: Greyhaze Records

Playing Time: 42 Minutes

Line Up:
Steve Tucker – Guitar, Vocals
Avgvstvs – Bass
Armatura – Guitar
Deimos – Drums

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/WarFather/240931366011521
http://greyhazerecords.com/artists/warfather/

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