After six years of ruthless and relentless touring, Oklahoma City’s thrash metal marauders Horse Called War check into No Place LIke Home studios to record the follow up to 2007’s “Becoming.” Armed with a heavy artillery of hard work, a detonator of determination, and heat-seeking excitement, Horse Called War aims down the barrel of bad ass and set their sights on the welcome pressure at the end of the scope. I got a chance to check out singer Aaron Korstjens’s ammunition for the new album.
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“I want to come out and kick peoples faces off,” explains frontman Aaron Korstjens. “We as a band have a responsibility to our fans to think and move thoughts, not just put out fluff and garbage.” That pretty much set the tone of our whole conversation. Pre-production is just about wrapped and they mount up with about twenty songs to record and cut for the new release, as of yet untitled.
Next month, HCW heads to No Place Like Home studios to finish off “every detail, note, and riff.” “This is a time for us to recognize the pressure and prove ourselves and ascend to the next level, not put out another ‘Chinese Democracy,'” Korstjens laughs. “We have been practicing and writing constantly. We are doing our homework and taking our time.” No stranger to excellence is their new producer for the album, Kendall Stephens. Based in Chicago, Kendall heads south to the blood red earth of Oklahoma to join the frontline. Kendall has worked with Nile, Slayer and Buddy Guy.
“I’ve been getting many different influences lately, mostly Job for a Cowboy, Whitechapel and, Suicide Silence. Definitely pushing myself in a new direction, things I’ve never done before. I’m trying to find and do what fits the song best,” Aaron says. “I’ve learned a lot from the touring and from my mistakes. I want all the fans to be patient. We are dilligently working on something that is a year and a half over due and we don’t want to disappoint any single one.”