29 October, 2013

Warbringer: IV: Empires Collapse – new album


The “undisputed leaders of the new generation of thrash metal”, WARBRINGER, are back with their fourth studio album entitled ‘IV: Empires Collapse’; the album was issued on October the 28th, 2013 in Europe and is out now, October 29th, in North America on Century Media Records. ‘IV: Empires Collapse’, which introduces former MANTIC RITUAL members Jeff Potts on guitar and Ben Mottsman on bass, was recorded with producer Steve Evetts, mixed by Brett Eliason, and mastered by Alan Douches (West West Side Music). To enjoy the full album, whose cover artwork was designed by Adrienne Rozzi, visit Revolver here, and then order your copy from here (CM Distro Europe), from here (CM Distro North America), from iTunes, or from Amazon/Amazon MP3.

Los Angeles-based WARBRINGER were formed in 2004 by guitarists John Laux and Victor Mikhaltsevich, soon joined by John Kevill, Andy Laux and Adam Carroll. The group was apparently known as “Onslaught” until they discovered that a band with exactly such a name already exists in England (ONSLAUGHT). After they recorded their never-released 4-track demo, Mikhaltsevich left and was replaced with new guitarist Emilio Hoschet. WARBRINGER recorded ‘Born Of The Ruins’ demo in 2005, followed by another demo, 2006's ‘One By One, The Wicked Fall’. Hoschet parted ways with the band in 2007 and Adam Carroll returned as a “temporary guitarist”, alongside newly recruited drummer Ryan Bates. That same year WARBRINGER inked a deal with Century Media; Bill Metoyer-produced and engineered debut full-length, ‘War Without End’, followed in 2008. It was appraised as “exciting and fresh-sounding, a way to celebrate thrash metal's silver anniversary” by Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusic (more here). Bates was replaced with yet another new drummer, Nic Ritter, before WARBRINGER would enter the studio to record their second album ‘Walking Into Nightmares’. Produced by EXODUS' Gary Holt and mixed and mastered by Zack Ohren, the 2009's release was reportedly recorded in just twelve days. Bassist Ben Bennet was replaced by Andy Laux who by then finished his sabbatical year, and WARBRINGER was sent off touring with the genre's greats. Carlos Cruz became the group's new drummer in 2011, after the departure of Nic Ritter. In 2011, the band released their third album entitled ‘Worlds Torn Asunder’ which was produced and mixed by the renowned Steve Evetts. 

WARBRINGER features: John Kevill – vocals, John Laux – guitar, Jeff Potts – guitar, Ben Mottsman – bass and Carlos Cruz - drums

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