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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 the legendary Metal Massacre compilations, Los Angeles' Warlord saw their scant, poorly produced releases get lost in the shuffle of more talented bands exploding out of their hometown like so much devilish popcorn. Little is known about the band's origins, so short was the lifespan of their original incarnation, but suffice to say they were formed in the City of Angels in 1980, around the same time as more famous luminaries like Armored Saint, Slayer, and Metallica we ...read more

Although they enjoyed a promising career start when their song "Lucifer's Hammer" was featured in the second volume of the legendary Metal Massacre compilations, Los Angeles' Warlord saw their scant, poorly produced releases get lost in the shuffle of more talented bands exploding out of their hometown like so much devilish popcorn. Little is known about the band's origins, so short was the lifespan of their original incarnation, but suffice to say they were formed in the City of Angels in 1980, around the same time as more famous luminaries like Armored Saint, Slayer, and Metallica were first getting their acts together. Further confusing things, the members of Warlord adopted stage names like Destroyer, Archangel, and Thunder Child, 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 vocalist Jack Rucker, guitarist/bassist Bill Tsamis, keyboardist Diane Arens, and founder and ex-Russian Roulette drummer Mark Zonder. Like contemporaries Queensr├┐che, Fates Warning, and the aforementioned Armored Saint, Warlord were heavily influenced by the European metal aesthetic, and especially the then-prevalent New Wave of British Heavy Metal, for their epic approach to songwriting. This mission/vision carried through to their extensively titled follow-up, 1984's And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun..., which, in reality, was supposed to be a "live" soundtrack accompanying a complete (if severely under-financed) band concert. But other than introducing new vocalist Rick Cunningham and full-time bass player Dave Watry, this undertaking did little to advance the group's cause; although it did become quite the collector's item in decades to come. The persistent Warlord did manage to patch a full album's worth of studio material into 1986's Thy Kingdom Come, but decided to go their separate ways shortly thereafter, with the gifted Mark Zonder soon resurfacing in Fates Warning. The Best of Warlord collection was released in 1993, and almost a decade later, original members Zonder and Tsamis teamed up with Hammerfall vocalist Joacim Cans (by all accounts a very enthusiastic disciple) for a surprising comeback album entitled Rising Out of the Ashes. The band's activity ceased again soon after, until they returned in 2011 with Richard Anderson, originally their third vocalist who had joined them in 1986, but never ended up recording an album. That changed with 2013's The Holy Empire, their third and still latest studio album. Warlord's habit of continually rotating singers showed few signs of change in recent years, with Anderson being replaced by Giles Lavery for the tour for The Holy Empire, and him in turn stepping down in favour of Nicholas Leptos. The group's most recent release, The Hunt for Damien, featured re-recordings of classic Warlord tracks with their new vocalist. « hide

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LPs
The Holy Empire
04/04/2013

3.7
36 Votes
Rising Out of the Ashes
2002

3.6
16 Votes
And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun...
1984

4.1
49 Votes
EPs
Deliver Us
1983

4.2
44 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Athens 2013
2015

4
1 Votes
Compilations
The Hunt for Damien
2015

3
1 Votes
The Ten Commandments (Warlord Through The Years)
2014

4
2 Votes
Anthology
04/25/2012

4
2 Votes
Best of Warlord
1989

4
5 Votes
Thy Kingdom Come
1986

4
3 Votes

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