Thursday, February 27, 2014

former Morbid Angel vocalist Steve Tucker returns: Warfather

former Morbid Angel vocalist Steve Tucker returns: Warfather
Warfather: “Orchestrating the Apocalypse” (Greyhaze Records). If you wonder whatever happened to former Morbid Angel growler Steve Tucker, here’s a definitive answer: Warfather. To tell the truth about how I hear this: there are many similarities between this title and Morbid Angel’s “Heretic” with Steve Tucker. The growling phrasings, the fast semi-black metal riffing, the midpaced chug-chug, the general speed, and some of the guitar solos/hooks/vibes have that “Heretic” feel. Nevertheless, the use of atmospherics and the slower passages provide contrasting points. In addition, this album is more clinically perfect/robotized than “Heretic.” I sense that Warfather believes that it is wise not to freak out the listeners with something experimental, so this is a total modern death metal album for the listener that likes fast/current death metal, with some melodies here and there. Nothing surprising, fully expected and overall competent: recommended for Steve Tucker-era Morbid Angel supporters, the modern hi-tech death metal audience, such as Behemoth and Hate Eternal, especially if the listener consumes large quantities of death metal frequently, and is not super critical/jaded, as long as it is good for headbanging. www.facebook.com/pages/WarFather/240931366011521

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