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Warlord

Although they enjoyed a promising career start when their song "Lucifer's Hammer" was featured in the second volume of thelegendary Metal Massacre compilations, Los Angeles' Warlord saw their scant, poorly produced releases get lost in the shuffleof more talented bands exploding out of their hometown like so much devilish popcorn. Little is known about the band'sorigins, so short was the lifespan of their original incarnation, but suffice to say they were formed in the City of Angels in1980, around the same time as more famous luminaries like Armored Saint, Slayer, and Metallica were first ...read more

Although they enjoyed a promising career start when their song "Lucifer's Hammer" was featured in the second volume of thelegendary Metal Massacre compilations, Los Angeles' Warlord saw their scant, poorly produced releases get lost in the shuffleof more talented bands exploding out of their hometown like so much devilish popcorn. Little is known about the band'sorigins, so short was the lifespan of their original incarnation, but suffice to say they were formed in the City of Angels in1980, around the same time as more famous luminaries like Armored Saint, Slayer, and Metallica were first getting their actstogether. Further confusing things, the members of Warlord adopted stage names like Destroyer, Archangel, andThunderchild, which were often applied to more than one musician.But at least upon the release of their 1983 debut mini-album, one can confidently assert that Warlord consisted of vocalistJack Rucker, guitarist/bassist Bill Tsamis, keyboardist Diane Arens, and founder and ex-Russian Roulette drummer MarkZonder. Like contemporaries Queensr├┐che, Fates Warning, and the aforementioned Armored Saint, Warlord were heavilyinfluenced by the European metal aesthetic, and especially the then-prevalent New Wave of British Heavy Metal, for theirepic approach to songwriting. This mission/vision carried through to their extensively titled follow-up, 1984's And the Cannonsof Destruction Have Begun, which, in reality, was supposed to be a "live" soundtrack accompanying a complete (if severelyunderfinanced) band concert.

But other than introducing new vocalist Rick Cunningham and full-time bass player Dave Watry, this undertaking did little toadvance the group's cause -- although it did became quite the collector's item in decades to come. The persistent Warlorddid manage to patch a full album's worth of studio material into 1986's Thy Kingdom Come LP, but decided to go theirseparate ways shortly thereafter, with the gifted Mark Zonder soon resurfacing in Fates Warning. The Best of Warlordcollection was released in 1993, and almost a decade later, original members Zonder and Tsamis teamed up with Hammerfallvocalist Joacim Cans (by all accounts a very enthusiastic disciple) for a surprising comeback album entitled Rising Out of theAshes. « hide

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LPs
The Holy Empire
04/04/2013

3.8
26 Votes
Rising Out of the Ashes
2002

3.9
7 Votes
And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun...
1984

4.1
24 Votes
EPs
Deliver Us
1983

4.2
19 Votes
Compilations
The Ten Commandments (Warlord Through The Years)
2014

Anthology
04/25/2012

4
1 Votes
Best of Warlord
1989

3.7
3 Votes
Thy Kingdom Come
1986

4.3
2 Votes

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