Man, why is it, that I band I profess to like, and I know so little about their albums other than the first one? I mean, I own them all, but you get beyond a discussion of the first one or, perhaps, Surrounded by Thieves, and I'm just lost. Blessed Black Wings, "um, who produced that"? Same deal with Death is This Communion -- "what songs are on that"? "Who played bass"? And so it goes.
Obviously, I need to listen to this other albums further, but I just get bogged down by them. Sorry, but as kick ass as HOF is, most of their stuff kind of bleeds together into one long, thrashy, growly song.
On the new one (I've listened to it once), I was kind of impressed with the tune "Warhorn" in that it's not a pedal to metal type of deal, but the highlighting of Pike's Lemmyesque grunting (the vocals being very much isolated and to the front of this track), bordered almost on a parody of sorts; keep those grunts submerged in a maelstrom of crashing drums, distorted guitars, and marauding bass, Matt. It works better that way.
I hear you on the bleed/togetherness. I typically only listen to one album of theirs at a time, too much and I might be end up decapitating someone.
You really should listen to the new a few more times. The guy who turned me on to HoF admitted that he really needs to "break into" each of their albums in order to enjoy it. That is to say, he has to spin the album a few times before he actually likes it.
I really enjoy warhorn, totally has this apocalyptic feel to it and Pike's initial riff definitely has a tone reminiscent of a horn...HORN OF BAPHOMET! Madness of an Architect has a similar feel for me, midpace wrecking ball of a song.