War from a Harlots Mouth

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War from a Harlots Mouth
Background information
Also known as WFAHM
Origin Berlin, Germany
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2005–2013
Labels Lifeforce
Season of Mist
Associated acts Molotov Solution
The Ocean
Members Nico Webers
Simon Hawemann
Daniel Oberländer
Filip Hantusch
Paule Seidel
Past members Steffen Winopal
Steve Jones

War from a Harlots Mouth is a German metalcore band from Berlin, formed in 2005. Consisting of vocalist Nico Webers, guitarists Simon Hawemann and Daniel Oberländer, bassist Filip Hantusch, and drummer Paule Seidel, the band is noted for a distinct musical style consisting of infusing many different genres into their songs, such as math metal, death metal, and jazz.

The band's first release, an EP titled Falling Upstairs, was released in 2005 exclusively on cassette. Following this, WFAHM released four full-lengths; Transmetropolitan (2007), In Shoals (2009) and MMX (2010). The group's final album Voyeur (2012) was launched just one year before the band's "indefinite hiatus". Their final show took place on December 30, 2013 in Berlin.


War from a Harlots Mouth was founded during 2005. The band was formed only as a side-project originally and consisted of three members only, including their vocalist, drummer and one guitarist. The name of the group was inspired by/represents a "lying person"; " the war from the mouth is the lie itself, while the harlot stands for the liar". The band deliberately didn't include an apostrophe within the word "harlots" because they "didn't like the look".

War from a Harlots Mouth recorded and produced their first EP titled Falling Upstairs in cassette format during June 2006 with only 50 physical copies of it released through the independent Berlin-based cassette tape label Yehonala Tapes. Later on that year, they released a CD/10" Split with deathcore act Molotov Solution on Twelve Gauge Records. After finding a second guitarist and a bassist in the end of 2006, WFAHM joined the War of Attrition Tour in 2007, promoting the album of the same name by Dying Fetus, accompanying bands Skinless and Cattle Decapitation, also joining the stage for Never Say Die! Fest with bands Ion Dissonance, Dead to Fall, and Through the Eyes of the Dead. Also in 2007, the band joined Lifeforce Records and released their album Transmetropolitan in September. The band during these times gained a lot of notoriety in their home city due to their lead vocalist, Steffan Winopal's extremely screechy and "dying" sound he gave off in his screamed vocals, distinguishing the band from many others that played in a similar style. They were also one of the first groups to incorporate jazz influence into their heavy sound around their area.

In September, the band joined the European tour of bands The Ocean and Intronaut. Vocalist Winopal left the band shortly after these tours, having Nico Webers, formerly of The Ocean replacing him. With Webers as a new vocalist, they went on their first headlining tour promoting Transmetropolitan with fellow labelmates Burning Skies. In 2008, they joined the Grinding into Catacylism Tour, with bands Psyopus, and Left to Vanish, and later on released a 5" Split-CD on Sharkmen Records with the band Dead Flesh Fashion.

On January 28 of 2009, the band announced release dates for In Shoals prior to its release, during WFAHM's inclusion in the Thrash and Burn European Tour 2009. In Shoals is where the band started to show a change in musical direction and is also the first album with the band's vocalist Nico Webers. The album showed a departure from their deathcore sound and more into mathcore and metalcore territory reminiscent of bands such as Converge and Gaza. After this album, the band remained in this style for the rest of their career.

The group released their third full-length album, MMX on October 29, 2010. Given a high amount of acclaim the record was made available for streaming online prior to its physical and iTunes release.

On September 17, 2012, the band released a "lyrical video" for the first single- "Scopophobia", from their newest album Voyeur, which was released October 19 in Europe, and November 6 in the U.S.

Final show

The band announced that they would be going on a "indefinite hiatus" on August 16, 2013 followed by releasing an announcement of a farewell tour. The tour ended in their home city (Berlin) where their final show was played on December 30, 2013 and was filmed in its entirety.

Band members

Final lineup
  • Daniel Oberländer – guitar (2005–2013)
  • Filip Hantusch – bass (2005–2013)
  • Paule Seidel – drums (2005–2013)
  • Nico Webers – vocals (2007–2013)
  • Simon Hawemann – guitar (2005-2006, 2008–2013)
Previous members
  • Steffen Winopal (ex-With Abandon, Vijeriah) – vocals (2005–2007)
  • Steve Jones – guitar (2006–2008)


Studio albums
  • Transmetropolitan (2007, Lifeforce)
  • In Shoals (2009, Lifeforce)
  • MMX (2010, Lifeforce)
  • Voyeur (2012, Season of Mist)
  • Falling Upstairs (2006, Yehonala)
  • Molotov Solution / War from a Harlots Mouth CD/10" (2006, Twelve Gauge Records)
  • Season 1: The Anti-Doctrine/Closed Casket Funeral/Starring Janet Leigh/War from a Harlots Mouth 10" (2007, 4 Seasons)
  • Dead Flesh Fashion / War from a Harlots Mouth (2008, Sharkmen)
  • Pentagon. 3 The Acacia Strain / WFAHM (2009)
  • War from a Harlots Mouth / Burning Skies (2010, Lifeforce)

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