The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Warbringer album, Woe to the Vanquished, was released March 31st 2017 via Napalm Records. Warbringer have been on the road since the album’s release and have no plans to stop anytime soon. Front man John Kevill of Warbringer had the pleasure of sharing his thoughts and feelings with Iron Serbian during the first stop of their North American tour with Destruction & Jungle Rot at Oakland Metro Opera House.
On listening to and playing metal.
When people ask me whats my favorite metal album, Ive answered that question so many times, I still like it, i still care about it and I’m never gonna be one of those people that plays heavy metal and is like I don’t like heavy metal like that dude from Mastodon, don’t fuckin play heavy metal if you don’t like it, its really artistically dishonest, isn’t it. He’s not the only dude, but there’s this attitude, within certain parts of the metal community, metal musicians, that to be too cool for this kind of stuff….if you are the owner of the cheesecake factory, you just have to deal with it, because that’s your fuckin business.
On reading reviews
I put so much of myself and my life into this album, I cant not look (at reviews). If you want to say on our first record, Warbringer is copying the 80’s and offering nothing new, well we were 19 and there probably some truth to that. But i think we realized that, and very quickly addressed that, we were a very young and new band with no experience basically. And I think we had an extremely rapid and distinctive evolution, people to this day still treat us as if we are making our first album over and over again and we really haven’t been. That’s what bothers me most about reviews, that perception.
On dealing with depression
I started weight lifting, I had a year or so where Id do heavy weight lifting and that actually helped a lot…..I also met my fiance, in a month will be my wife, that helped a lot having another person love you helps you love yourself
Warbringer perform their smash hits “Shellfire/Descending Blade” @ Oakland Metro Operahouse – Oakland, California 05/22/17
Following an extremely successful European run, Warbringer have returned to North America and will kick off their tour tonight in Oakland, CA providing direct support to Destruction with Jungle Rot. The tour runs through June 11th in Los Angeles, CA
w/ Destruction, Jungle Rot, Hellbender and Demons Within:
5/22: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
5/23: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/24: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/26: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/27: Kansas City, MO @ Aftershock
5/28: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/30: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
5/31: Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
6/1: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
6/2: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
6/3: Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
6/4: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
6/5: Orlando, FL @ Haven Lounge
6/7: Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
6/8: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
6/9: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6/10: Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
6/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
*Hellbender on 5/22 – 5/26 and 6/7 – 6/11
#Demons Within on 5/27 – 6/5