DON’T LET THE BAND NAME FOOL YOU: WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH AREN’T DEATHCORE AND THEY DON’T SUCK
OK, maybe they are just a little deathcore. But they certainly don’t suck; 10 seconds into their new record In Shoals (out now on Lifeforce), I was already reconsidering my preconceived notions about this horribly-monikered German band. Where most modern death metal bands bite the riffs of Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse and mix them with large helpings of generic breakdowns, War From A Harlots Mouth (PS: What happened to that apostrophe, guys?) take their cues from headier bands like Meshuggah, Atheist, Dillinger Escape Plan, the very occasional Psyopus-style jazz freakout, and whatever other bands influenced the current Obscura/Psycroptic/Arsis axis of tech-death. Yeah, they sprinkle in breakdowns every now and then, but it’s less “let’s slow it down for the karate-chop kids in the pit” and more “this part fits perfectly right here.” Whatever it is, it’s extremely well-executed and it’s music for people who like their music a little more… complicated. Chops, chops and more chops, but shit — songs too!
Check ’em out on MySpace and watch their video for “Crooks At Your Door” below.