Upstate New York's Herod - a Biblical reference as Jeffers is a history teacher - was formed in 2000 as a crossover band. The band was the baby of guitarist Jesse Benker and drummer Mike Jeffers. A demo was cut which Sounds Of Revolution Records soon reissued. This brought the band a deal with Too Damn Hype Records, which resulted in Execution Protocol. Guitarist Bryce March and bassist Jeremy Partlow next joined the band. The band's first bassist was a no-show for a summer of 2002 tour forcing the band to hit the road bass-less. A little while later singer Judah Nero was brought in. For Whom The Gods Would Destroy would be released in January of 2004 by Germany's Lifeforce Records and would oddly turn out to be progressive in nature. A European tour of ten countries with label-mates Fear My Thoughts followed. The group entered Watchmen Recording Studio with producer Doug White and issued Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight in March, 2006. Vile records issued a split album for Herod, LWFDIHH, Starlingraid in late 2014. Voivod, Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, and Herod would use the Deathcrusher monicker on a European tour in the autumn of 2015.
HEROD - RICH MAN’S WAR... POOR MAN’S FIGHT - LIFEFORCE
Another Herod album, another line-up and what a surprise nevertheless for the band’s style has almost exclusively become heavy metal. The band is better known as a Buffalo act playing hardcore, but gee whiz this is traditional heavy metal with loads of leads, melody and vocals all pointing towards Iron Maiden and early US metal. This band’s sound puts it in a unique position on Lifeforce’s roster. Indeed, the new line-up even tries its hand at complicated guitar riffs and rhythm that definitely needs at least two guitarists to pull off live. Some of it works and some of it like the flying speedy soloing on Broken Promises is just noise. For my money the heavier songs, like The Fire, are the best songs here and the slower ones drag. The slow song here, entitled Forever, is weak for instance. Cool album title by the way! - Anna Tergel