Jan 022014

(In this post, TheMadIsraeli introduces us to a death metal band named Warforged, who have a new EP on the way.)

If Warforged release a full length this year, I predict it’ll be at the top of the heap.  I’ve been hearing things about these Chicagoans for a while, but nothing substantial had ever come out and what I could hear from their earliest efforts was severely underdeveloped and, now in hindsight, was totally unrepresentative of what they do.

Based on the sounds from their forthcoming debut EP, Essence of the Land,  Warforged play progressive tech-death with a heavy black metal influence.  The array of influences you can hear are many, emanating from sources such as Martyr, Spawn Of Possession, Gorguts — mostly from the alien, angular, tech-death circuit — while also channeling bands such as Emperor, Daylight Dies, In Mourning, and The Faceless.

I figured now was a good time to write about these guys because they have just released a video for not one, but three songs, suggesting that the EP, the album art for which you can see above, is an epic suite.  This video is ¾ of that suite, and it completely bewilders and amazes me.  I don’t think you’re ready for this.


“Diabolical Being” 0:00 – 2:12
“Regurgitate” (featuring a guest solo by Brody Uttley of Rivers of Nihil) 2:12 – 6:38
“Phantoms in the Mist” 6:38 – 12:40



  1. “I don’t think you’re ready for this.” No, I was not ready!

  2. I was not ready for this at all. Completely different from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber song they had last year.

  3. The splendor in metal, yes, I admit that I was not ready and you should have seen the expression in my face, I was literally speechless, what a bewildering music you shared, I love this site!

  4. Very enjoyable other than the god-awful lead guitar playing. Thanks for sharing though!

  5. Holy shit. That’s all I can think right now. Holy shit.

  6. wow, this sounds pretty freaking awesome

  7. metallicus genericus…do we really need more of this crap?

  8. This has been another instance of One not wanting to have known the lyrics. As compelling as the story is, the delivery feels jarringly un-poetic while reading along.
    That said, One was indeed not ready for this. 😀 One has not liked watching a music video this much since the one for Job for a Cowboy‘s Tarnished Gluttony.

  9. The music is seems neat enough but the vocals well is kinda… not my cup of tea.

  10. Love it! Technical, but with enough melody and emotion to be interesting.

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