In 2009, War Master emerged from the smoldering battlefield of the DIY gulf coast grindcore scene in Houston, Texas, taking no prisoners on a mission to reinvent the classic death metal band with every element that heavy metal has to offer. Combining hand-drawn artwork, explosive live shows and a strong sense of underground death metal tradition, founding members of Insect Warfare reunite to terrorize the world all over again.
Following three sold out pressings of the Chapel Of The Apocalypse demo and a sold-out 7” single, their first full-length album Pyramid Of The Necropolis enters its second pressing just as their newest 12”/CDep Blood Dawn is released in the summer of 2013. In the aftermath of War Master’s 2014 performance at Maryland Death Fest, and extensive tours of the country–including two west coast tours and numerous appearances across the state of Texas–the band has returned to the studio to write their second full length.
War Master has opened for a slew of national acts such as Hate Eternal, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Destroyer 666, Incantation, Master, and Cattle Decapitation as well as playing underground fests Rites of Darkness Festival and Maryland Death Fest. Never deviating from the original protocols of extreme music, War Master continues developing future elements while still honoring death metal’s past to create an altered present. Sever the head that doesn’t bang!
“…a frenzied, manic performance of…Bolt Thrower-inspired death metal…
…energetic live show. Vocalist Rahi had the crowd laughing between songs with his offbeat, growling banter, and even brandished a sword while chugging beers.
…don’t miss War Master if they play near you.”
-Robert “mplsmetal,” Twin Cities Metal, June 19, 2014
“a must-have…in the early BOLT THROWER tradition…[they] punch you right in the teeth with the hook.
WAR MASTER are poised for retro Death Metal royalty.”
-Dick Osmond, Voices from the Dark Side
“…old-school death metal [with] a timeless appeal.
…all-out headbang fest”
Al Necro, Cvlt Nation, April 11, 2014
“…an urgent and jubilantly violent sound.
…accessible and yet…fanatically old school.”
-Brett Stevens, Death Metal Underground, December 26, 2013
“[War Master] moves through the battlefield of trendy Death Metal like Achilles through the Trojan army.
…your head will bang. The crusade for perfection has been achieved.”
-Manitou, Metal Curse, November 29, 2013
“hell-thrashing, wild-eyed set…War Master plays mid-paced-to-screaming fast death/thrash with power, conviction, and not a little menace.
…vocalist and ex-Insect Warfare shrieker Rahi Geramifar is a fucking lunatic on the mic…he came out brandishing a goddamn sword”
-Grim Kim, Metal Sucks, March 28th, 2014
“…a blasting, grinding, heavy-as-hell battle-tank on a merciless old-school rampage in the vein of Bolt Thrower”
-Islander, No Clean Singing
“War Master’s hyper-aggressive blend of old-school death and crusty hardcore aims straight for the throat, and their gnarly tunes had heads banging hard right off the bat. “
-Nathan Smith, Rocks Off Houston Press
“…filthy monolithic death metal”
-CVLT Nation’s Top Six Crust Releases of 2012
“…ultimate death metal point of view”
-Brett Stevens, The Best Metal of 2012
“These dudes pull no punches, and offer no apologizes for the massive sledgehammer sound they pummel you with from beginning to end”
“…brings a new language to the ancient art of old school death metal composition”
-The Best Metal of 2011