Three weeks into their ongoing 54-shows-in-54-days co-headlining tour with Enforcer, the Los Angeles-based thrash quintet Warbringer has released a new single, “Firepower Kills.” Continue reading
Exmortus are back in the studio! Recording the upcoming new album with producer Zack Ohren (Immolation, Fallujah) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA.
Warbringer’s drummer Carlos Cruz and guitarist Chase Becker will be joining vocalist/guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez and bassist Cody Nunez for the recording sessions.
“We’re all stoked to record the new album with Zack, it’s the third time we’ve worked together and we feel very comfortable with him,” states Conan. “He is a great engineer and always gets the best performances from the band. It’s unfortunate that [drummer] Mario Moreno and [guitarist] David Rivera will be stepping out for this session, but nonetheless we’re very excited to record with good friends and awesome. Can’t wait to release these heavy tunes.”
In the video streaming below Exmortus rage @ Blue Lamp Sacramento, December 4th, 2017 with their brothers in Warbringer, Solanum Thrash & Blessed Curse…via TMI Collaborations & Capital Chaos TV
The Southern California quartet EXMORTUS — whose invigorating twin-guitar mix of neoclassical shred, Bay Area thrash, progressive death and traditional heavy metal has earned the group a devoted following.
Co-founded a decade ago by then-teenage cousins Conan (vocals/guitar) and Mario Moreno (drums), EXMORTUS self-released several demos and EPs before signing with Heavy Artillery Records in 2007. The group’s 2008 debut “In Hatred’s Flame” and 2011 follow-up “Beyond The Fall Of Time” earned praise for their “frighteningly aggressive thrash blended with both death metal and NWOBHM bluster” (Blabbermouth), and their exuberant, shred-heavy live performances can convert even the most jaded heshers into enthusiastic headbangers. Catch Exmortus on their remaining dates with Darkest Hour & Warbringer.
12/6 – The Shredder – Boise, ID*
12/7 – The Pin – Spokane, WA
12/8 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
12/9 – The Venue – Vancouver, BC
12/10 – Analog Theatre – Portland, OR
12/11 – Sound Lounge – Grants Pass, OR*
12/12 – Strummer’s – Fresno, CA
12/13 – The Garage – Ventura, CA*
12/14 – 1720 – Los Angeles, CA
12/15 – Gideon’s Hall – Upland, CA
WARBRINGER released their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed album, Woe to the Vanquished, earlier this year via Napalm Records. Following the release of the album, WARBRINGER have been on the road across the globe causing global devastation.
Tonight WARBRINGER return to the road for a string of West Coast dates supporting Darkest Hour. Opening the shows will be Exmortus. In addition to the dates supporting Darkest Hour, WARBRINGER will also be playing select headline dates. A complete list of all dates can be found below.
Order your copy of Woe to the Vanquished at the Napalm Records Webstore HERE!
Warbringer W/Darkest Hour and Exmortus
12/1: Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
12/2: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
12/3: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
12/4: Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp*
12/5: S. Lake Tahoe, CA @ Rojo’s*
12/6: Boise, ID @ The Shredder*
12/7: Spokane, WA @ The Pin
12/8: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
12/9: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
12/10: Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
12/11: Grant’s Pass, OR @ Sound Lounge*
12/12: Fresno, CA @ Strummers
12/13: Ventura, CA @ The Garage*
12/14: Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
12/15: Upland, CA @ Gideon’s Hall
*Warbringer Headline Show
John Kevill – Vocals,
Adam Carroll – Guitar
Carlos Cruz – Drums
Jessie Sanchez – Bass
Chase Becker – Guitar
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
w/ Destruction, Jungle Rot, Hellbender and Demons Within:
Warbringer performed at The Den Of Sin in Sacramento, CA on March 17th with Havok, Exmortus, Psychosomatic and Thrown Into Exile. Video of their complete set is available below.
Woe To The Vanquished via Napalm Records has been carefully crafted over a period of time, and the album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).
– Regular Jewel Case Edition
– 1LP Gatefold Edition (black & other coloured editions)
– Super Deluxe Wooden Box Warchest Edition (CD, exclusive 2 track 7″ single, flag, band logo dog tags) only available via the Napalm Records webstores in the US and Europe – strictly limited to 500 copies
More info on Woe To The Vanquished and the story behind it described by singer John Kevill, who is not only fronting Warbringer, but also studying to be a history professor:
“The title Woe to the Vanquished comes from early Roman history–before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it. On the Gaul’s scales, the Roman’s thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks “Vae Victis” (Woe to the Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record Woe to the Vanquished is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone–the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed.”
3/15: Portland, OR @ Analog Theater
3/16: San Francisco, CA @ Dna Lounge
3/17: Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial
3/19: West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky
3/26: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick (headlining with Witchaven, Cultural Warfare)
3/28: Glendale, CA @ The Complex (listening party)
WARBRINGER 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
5/28: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
5/29: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’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 Theater
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
“As we near the release of our fifth record “Woe to the Vanquished” we want to show you guys something that will blow some heads off. We wrote this song with the intention of it being the fastest Warbringer song to date, which it is. The music, composed by Carlos Cruz, is a ripping bombardment of riffs and rapid-fire fills with a crushing detonation of a middle section. The lyrics, inspired by the seemingly endless battles on the Western Front of World War One, are full of anger, bitterness, and sheer horror, as day after day after day, week after week, the guns never, ever stop. Play it loud and take cover!”
Woe to the Vanquished has been carefully crafted over a period of time, the album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).
Pre-order your copy of Woe to the Vanquished at the Napalm Records Webstore HERE!
Woe to the Vanquished will be available as
– Regular Jewel Case Edition
– 1LP Gatefold Edition (black and other coloured editions)
– Super Deluxe Wooden Box Warchest Edition (CD, exclusive 2 track 7″ single, flag, band logo dog tags) only available via the Napalm Records webstores in the US and Europe – strictly limited to 500 copies!
Mar 08 – Slidebar – Fullerton, CA headlining with Witchaven, Cultural Warfare
Mar 13 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA – w/ Havok, Exmortus
Mar 14 – The Venue, Vancouver, Canada – w/ Havok, Exmortus
Mar 15 – Analog Theater, Portland, OR – w/ Havok, Exmortus
Mar 16 – Dna Lounge, San Francisco, CA – w/ Havok, Exmortus
Mar 17 – Cafe Colonial, Sacramento, CA – w/ Havok, Exmortus
Mar 19 – Whisky, West Hollywood, CA – w/ Havok, Exmortus
Mar 26 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA headlining with Witchaven, Cultural Warfare
Mar 28 – The Complex – Glendale, CA (listening party)
WARBRINGER has continued to evolve throughout its four albums into the one of the most aurally devastating bands in the scene today. On March 31st they deliver their monumental 5th record entitled Woe to the Vanquished and make a triumphant step forward on this record–it’s an absolute must for ANYONE who’s into metal today.
WARBRINGER singer John Kevill describes the new album musically:
“For the music on this record we re-focused ourselves after a lot of the experiments on Empires Collapse, and decided we wanted to make a record that is start-to-finish more merciless, ruthless, and cruel, but also maintains some of the more melodic and progressive sense. What we ended up with is a record that has a lot of traits of classic thrash but also a lot of extreme metal, and a rather unique version of that blend. It’s overall faster and meaner than anything else we’ve put out, but also has our biggest and most ambitious song, the 11-minute “When the Guns Fell Silent” to close the record.”
Woe to the Vanquished has been carefully crafted over period of time, and the album was produced and mixed by Mike Plottnikoff (Fear Factory, In Flames), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Slayer, Pantera) with cover art by the esteemed Andreas Marschall (Sodom, Blind Guardian, Obituary).
Kevill explains the stunning album artwork, “It is directly based on a photograph from the end of the First World War–a grim monument, a pyramid of 12,000 German spiked helmets, right in the middle of New York City. What struck me about the image is firstly how morbid it seems to be celebrating 12,000 dead men and calling it victory.”
Kevill, who is studying to be a history professor, comments on the title, Woe to the Vanquished and the story behind it: “The title “Woe to the Vanquished” comes from early Roman history–before they were the huge empire they became. In 390 BC, a host of Gauls led by a warlord called Brennus attacked Rome, and captured all the city except the Capitoline Hill. From this hill the defeated Romans made a bargain, they would pay 1,000 pounds of gold for the Gallic army to leave the city with no further bloodshed. The Romans bring the gold before Brennus, who uses his own scales to measure it. On the Gaul’s scales, the Roman’s thousand pounds of gold measured to be less, which led the Romans to complain that the scale was rigged (it probably was). Responding to this, Brennus speaks “Vae Victis” (Woe to the Vanquished) and throws his sword on the counterweight. Because the Romans lost, they have to pay the rigged sum of gold as well as the weight of the sword, to add insult to injury. The irony here is that vowing this type of humiliation would never happen again, Rome went on to become an ancient war machine conquering and subjugating most of the old world. On the record “Woe to the Vanquished” is spoken in an ironic, mocking tone–the defeated are trampled and time marches on, uncaring, and forgets they ever existed.”
“One of the great things about heavy metal as a genre is you can express tougher subject material than “I met a (boy/girl) and it was (happy/sad)”. I looked for the most monolithic evil I could find to write about with this destructive, intense music… and I did not have to look any further than reality. Forget Satan, that’s a children’s story. Real evil is in the hearts of men.”
Hot on the heels for their album release, the band will be hitting the road all over Europe in Spring and Summer, including confirmed festivals like Spain’s Resurrection Fest, Slovenia’s Metal Days and Devilstone in Lithuania, with more to be announced.
Warbringer will launch their next North American tour in New York City on Jan. 5, 2016 at The Gramercy Theatre. This co-headliner trek with Sweden’s Enforcer will be almost two months and cover the US and Canada, along with opening acts Exmortus and Cauldron. This is the first domestic tour Warbringer has done since the fall of 2013 when the group opened for Overkill and Kreator in support of their last album,Warbringer IV: Empires Collapse so many fans are eager to see the band live again. This tour is also their only tour planned for 2016 as WARBRINGER will continue to write and plan to record their fifth album later in the year. Once known as road dogs playing up to 300 shows a year globally for 5 years straight the group decided to halt the numerous live activities and re-charge their batteries but core members John Kevill (vocals), Adam Carroll (guitar) and Carlos Cruz (drums) remain committed to the band and are excited to get back out there and showcase a new touring lineup of experienced musicians performing a killer set of Warbringer classics for fans on this stellar bill of bands. Joining the band for this tour are guitarist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez of Exmortus (who will be doing double-duty playing two sets a night) and bassist Jessie Sanchez (Bonded By Blood, Holy Grail, Fear Factory, Others).
“The band sounds fucking killer right now and I can’t wait to get out there and assault the stage,” comments singer John Kevill. “It is worth mentioning that I’ve seen a number of ‘people leaving bands’ news pieces recently. Most often they cite the complete impossibly of making a living playing music, and the difficulty of the touring lifestyle. Well, I can say from experience that all of that is true. It’s tough, there’s no denying that. But that isn’t what I want to talk about here. What I want to talk about is what has kept me going for the 10+ years and 1000+ concerts I have done with this band I started right after finishing high school. I’ve seen more of the world than I ever thought was possible, met thousands of people from all walks of life, and from them learned much of the world. Among other things, I learned to remain humble and to always remember what an honor and privilege it is to perform songs I made with my friends, to complete strangers who live thousands of miles away who will come out on a work night to see me and my fellow band dudes banging our heads. Too many people lose sight of this. So that is why I am still here, and why I will see you guys on each of the 47 dates of this tour. Be ready. I am.
1/5/16 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
1/6/16 – Championship – Trenton, NJ
1/7/16 – Trickshots – Clifton Park, NY
1/8/16 – Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
1/9/16 – Palladium – Worcester, MA
1/10/16 – Foufounes – Montreal, QC
1/11/16 – Salle Multi – Quebec City, QC
1/12/16 – Ritual – Ottawa, ON
1/13/16 – Hard Luck – Toronto, ON
1/14/16 – The Apk – London, ON
1/15/16 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
1/16/16 – Agora – Cleveland, OH
1/17/16 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
1/18/16 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
1/20/16 – Token Lounge – Westland, MI
1/21/16 – Fubar – St. Louis, MO
1/22/16 – Bada Brew – Crest Hill, IL
1/23/16 – The Metal Grill – Cudahy, WI
1/24/16 – Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN with Nile
1/25/16 – The Park – Winnipeg, MB
1/26/16 – The Exchange – Regina, SK
1/27/16 – Nite Owl – Calgary, AB
1/28/16 – Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
1/30/16 – Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
1/31/16 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
2/1/16 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/2/16 – Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/3/16 – Whisky – W. Hollywood, CA
2/4/16 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
2/5/16 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ
2/6/16 – LVCS – Las Vegas, NV
2/7/16 – PB&Js – Reno, NV
2/8/16 – In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
2/9/16 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
2/10/16 – Aftershock – Merrriam, KS
2/11/16 – Sidewinder – Austin, TX
2/12/16 – Korova – San Antonio, TX
2/13/16 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
2/14/16 – Trees – Dallas, TX
2/15/16 – Siberia – New Orleans, LA
2/16/16 – Orpheum – Tampa, FL
2/17/16 – Haven – Orlando, FL
2/18/16 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
2/19/16 – Diamond Pub – Louisville, KY
2/20/16 – Canal Club – Richmond, VA