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When he's not participating in the studio and live involvements of Floridian Death Metallers Morbid Angel, vocalist/guitarist Steve Tucker can be found busying himself with his own project, Warfather.

Back in 2014 we saw the release of their debut offering, 'Orchestrating The Apocalypse', and as the smouldering embers of that particular chunk of Metal devastation are just starting to cool they return with the follow up offering in the shape of 'The Grey Eminence', a nine-track, fifty minute slice of crushing brutality, produced by Erik Rutan, former guitarist with Morbid Angel and currently with Hate Eternal.

This collaboration marks the first time they have worked together since Morbid Angel's release 'Gateways To Annihilation' back in 2000.

Steve Tucker had this to say about the results: "I am extremely excited for the release of 'The Grey Eminence'. I feel that this album is one of the best things that I have ever been a part of! Erik Rutan did an amazing job on the production and the songs speak for themselves!"

Producer Erik Rutan added: "Recording with Steve and the guys on the new Warfather album has been fantastic! It has been a blast to be working on this monster album in the studio once again with my great friend and former band mate. The songs are heavy as hell and just outright awesome. We have some great tones and performances."

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Given Steve's three stints with Morbid Angel. similarities in the sound are inevitable but that's not necessarily a bad thing as you can't fail to get fired up with the great swathes of very Morbid Angel, particularly the previously mentioned 'Gateways To Annihilation' era, influenced riffing and the harsh but decipherable vocal delivery that dominates these tracks.

The tempo and direction does drop and switch so it's a well varied and also a well punctuated album with burst of lead work. A few examples; on the opening track, 'Orders Of The Horde', it bursts through the distorted repeat riffing before coming to prominence In the second half while on 'For Glory Or Infamy' it just erupts and spews forth with reckless abandon and courses over the chunky undercurrent of riffing on 'Judgement, The Hammer' and explodes out midway through on 'The Dawning Inquisition' and reaches insane proportions in the second half of 'Heedless Servant'.

Across all the tracks the drum work is a savage battery of impressive proportions, particularly on 'The Dawning Inquisition', but to keep up with the other crushing aspects of this release it needs to be.

'The Grey Eminence' is available from Greyhaze Records. If you are a fan of Morbid Angel, particularly the Steve Tucker eras, you should find this both an interesting and intense listen.

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