Incoming thrash/hardcore band WAR ORPHAN, featuring guitarist Richie Cipriano (ex-SICK OF IT ALL, REACH), drummer Dante Renzi (REACH) and vocalist David Bason (BARFBAG), has released their debut EP, Closer To Death Than Life, today with Stay Gold Records.
Closer To Death Than Life is a fearless protest record that delivers a much needed shot of angst into the hardcore scene and swift throat-punch to rightwing extremists and the current presidential administration. Bason summons the furious rage that people across the country have felt over the last few years, channelling it into songs about systematic racism ("Autonomous Zone") and a deceitful president ("Prop Up The Polls") among other topics that are more relevant and important now than ever before.
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WAR ORPHAN came about when longtime friends Dante, Richie and David moved from recording songs trying make each other laugh to taking it seriously. Singer David Bason (Barfbag) lives in LA. Missing his New York friends, he would leave guitar player Richie Cirpiano (Ex Sick of It All, Reach) voicemails about how he thinks heavy metal is silly. Richie and Dante (Reach, Ouijipig) would track record metal songs to them and send them back. Thus, was born Bloodbath and Beyond, an inside joke to kill time and crack each other up.
Richie called and said he thought he had a song they should take seriously. Bason got excited and the EP was tracked, mixed and mastered in a matter of weeks. WAR ORPHAN came about naturally and the results show.
Closer To Death Than Life is a collection of songs made by lifelong friends with a common love of music.
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