The much-discussed return of Warbringer has been officially announced.
The Southern California thrash metal band has a fresh lineup and plans to play some shows soon.
“I really thought that the Empires Collapse record cycle ended prematurely due to the departure of [guitarist] John Laux and [drummer] Carlos Cruz. I figured it would be the end of the band, and the end of my life’s work, as I’d really put everything I had into this band,” explains singer John Kevill.
“I remember on the last show we played on that U.S. tour [guitarist] Adam Carroll came to me and told me how we had to keep the torch held high and to realize the full potential of the band no matter what. We carried on the following European tour with fill-in members, as we really hate to cancel a gig and let down our fans, but it really seemed like the end for us,” he said.
“Fortunately, though it took a long time, we have been able to find musicians in our area to help carry on the torch of the destructive, intense music this band stands for.”
The new lineup boasts Vicken Hovsepian on drums, Noah Young on guitar, and Alex Malmquist on bass.
“Our mission since we started rehearsing together was to be the tightest incarnation of the band yet, and to raise the bar and move forward, never back,” says Kevill. “So far progress has been great and I can’t wait to get out there and unleash this new weapon upon the world.”
After months of intense rehearsal, Warbringer is ready to hit the stage again.
The band is planning an Asian Assault (also the name of an adult film I quite adore) “because there’s nothing better than flying halfway across the world and debuting your new lineup in front of a huge crowd at the Hammersonic Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia alongside established heavyweights like Lamb of God, Mayhem, Vader, Unearth, and The Faceless among others,” says a presser.
This show will be followed by additional headlining dates in that region.
Warbringer plan to play some U.S. shows throughout the summer in between writing sessions for their next album.
Here’s when and where you can see the band perform:
3/8: Jakarta, Indonesia @ Hammersonic Festival
3/10: Hong Kong, Japan @ Hidden Agenda
3/11: Beijing, China @ Yu Gong Yi Shan
3/13: Taipei, Taiwan @ The Wall
4/13: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
4/14: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
4/30: West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky
5/1: San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
5/2: Reno, NV @ Spring Meltdown Fest at Jub Jub’s