Steve Tucker On Warfather: "I'm 100% Proud To Play Death Metal"
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Ex-Morbid Angel bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker is now ready to unleash his latest project on the world: Warfather!
The band's debut album "Orchestrating The Apocalypse" lands on January 21st/February 24th via Greyhaze Records, and Steve can't wait for the metalverse to get their collective hands on it.
"It’s death metal, plain and simple," he says. "I don’t want to make qualms about that, I’m 100% proud I play death metal, and that’s what Warfather is."
In a recent chat with us, Steve also discussed the other members making up the project, how the album artwork was created, and his most anticipated releases for 2014. Read the full interview below.
xFiruath: When did the idea for Warfather initially form?
Steve: The idea for Warfather has been in my head for a long time. For years I’ve intended to get back into having a full band and doing albums. Honestly it didn’t start to take focus until 2011 or 2012 around the time we did the Nader Sadek album. That’s when I decided it was time and I was ready.
xFiruath: “Orchestrating the Apocalypse” is being released through Greyhaze Records. How did you get hooked up with the label?
Steve: It was that same situation, Greyhaze released the Nader Sadek album and at that time I met Jamie, the guy who runs the label. The dude’s a metalhead first and foremost, which I really like. I’m not really interested in being in business with people who don’t really understand what I’m trying to do. With the mutual idea of music we had, I decided I wanted to be working with this guy.
xFiruath: Most of the press releases I’ve seen have really focused on this being your new project, but I’d like to hear more about the other members involved. Who are your band mates on this album and how do you guys know each other?
Steve: We have the other guitarist Armatura, who is actually a friend of mine. He’s been a friend since some time in my teens, so I’ve known the guy more than 20 years and it was the right time and scenario to play together. He fits in perfect for what I was wanting for Warfather, so he got the guitar spot. The drummer Deimos, he’s from Holland. I had sent out emails to friends of mine from bands all across the country saying I was looking for a drummer, but I didn’t really want to take a drummer. I didn’t want to take someone from a pre-established band, I wanted someone undiscovered, and I ended up getting hundreds of videos from different drummers. Through that whole thing he ended up being the guy. I’ve never seen anyone on drums like him.
On bass there is Avgvstvs, and he’s introduced to me by Alex from Krisiun and we became friends over the Internet. We stayed in contact and he ended up getting the gig. Mainly what I wanted out of this was just to play with people that I like and have a like mind. I don’t want arguments or drama or a bunch of crap. I just want to play music.
xFiruath: Where did you record this album?
Steve: We recorded at TME in Cincinnati. Armatura owns the studio and there we did the drums and most of the rhythm elements. The rest was tracked in West Virginia in a one-room mixing suite where we finished the album. We had a bunch of issues though, we lost a hard drive, we lost a motherboard, I must have went through 8 gigs of RAM. Any possible problem that you could imagine having, we had it. At one point there was a storm that came through and it wiped my hard drive clean. We ended up having to re-track three songs because the files got eaten. The recording process was over a year waiting for openings and things like that. But one that year was up and we got all the tracks down, the rest of it was smooth and fast.
xFiruath: How would you describe the new Warfather material for fans of your other bands?
Steve: It’s death metal, plain and simple. I don’t want to make qualms about that, I’m 100% proud I play death metal, and that’s what Warfather is. I think anyone who listens to old school death metal or traditional death metal, this will be right up their alley.
xFiruath: What’s going on with the artwork and how does it connect to “Orchestrating the Apocalypse?”
Steve: The artwork was done by a guy out of Ireland and his name is Ken Coleman. A mutual friend turned me on to him and said I should check out his work. I absolutely love it. He and I had a conversation for about two hours explaining the concept of the album and this is what he came back with. It blew my mind and I love the artwork. I think it’s nothing less than brilliant.
xFiruath: Will there be an official music video or any lyric videos coming soon?
Steve: Absolutely, we’re planning on now doing in the next month or so getting a video together. I’m guessing we’ll do it late February or early March. The details are just now being worked out. We plan on doing a video, but as far as lyric videos I’m sure people will post their own after the album comes out. I’m kind of surprised no one had posted the full album already.
xFiruath: When will Warfather be touring to support the new album?
Steve: I’m pulling everything I can for us to get on the road. As everybody knows, the music industry isn’t at the top of its game at the moment, so there’s some issues there, but we plan on doing as many shows as we possibly can. We don’t have any shows confirmed right now, but we’ve been talking to some festivals. I’ve been working on securing a management firm, so things should start happening now.
xFiruath: What’s coming up in 2014 that you are looking forward to?
Steve: I’m looking forward to the new Tool. I know Origin is doing another album, those are always great, and I’m pretty sure Hate Eternal will do another album. With extreme metal, I think the gods are pretty consistent with frequent albums and staying working. I’m a traditional guy, so for me like the new Carcass that came out this year that was brilliant, I wish more music like that was coming out. It seems like every single year I’m looking forward to something but then something else I didn’t know about comes out that blows my mind. I’m looking forward to Warfather though, that’s for sure!
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