Since their scintillating appearance at last year’s MidPoint, Ancient Warfare (guitarist/vocalist/ songwriter Echo Wilcox, violinist Rachael Yanarella, multi-instrumentalist Emily Hagihara) has added Oh Me My bassist Derek Rhineheimer to the lineup and finally released their longanticipated debut full-length —the cinemascopic soundtrack to the apocalypse, The Pale Horse. Ancient Warfare is a potent sonic concoction that blends cacophony and melody, density and delicacy, expanse and intimacy, while applying its substantial gifts to a veritable record store of influences and genres. Like the daylight dark of an eclipse or the smoldering ash of burned love letters, Ancient Warfare finds exquisite beauty in the gray absence of light.
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