Legendary American thrash metal band EXHORDER is back and has signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
The new EXHORDER lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums.
LaBella commented: “Over our 30-year history, we have obviously had more than our fair share of struggles. Struggles that have broken us apart on several occasions. Whether those struggles were internal, external or both, no matter the situation, we always find are way back to one another. How? Why? It took me 30 years to realize it’s because the relationships run too deep, the songs are timeless, and the fans are ageless. It’s meant so much to us and so many others. And it’s for these reasons EXHORDER can’t be broken, even by the hands that created it. Like it or not, love it or hate it, EXHORDER is forever and it’s my duty, my honor and privilege to do it again!”
Thomas added: “It would probably be best to never say never for the rest of my life, because I thought that this could not happen again. However, here we are one more time!
“I am extremely pumped to take the stage yet again with EXHORDER to bring to life some of the most classic songs in thrash metal and hardcore history. We will put everything into it as always, doing our best to see to it that no one will ever walk away from an EXHORDER show dissatisfied. We’re back!”
2018 will be extremely exciting for the band, as EXHORDER will play its first shows in the U.S. in February and is planning on taking summer festivals by storm! The band will perform its legendary first album, “Slaughter In The Vatican”, and sophomore album, “The Law”, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. EXHORDER will also play a homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12.
EXHORDER relased two albums in the early 1990s through the Roadrunner label — 1990’s “Slaughter in the Vatican” and 1992’s “The Law” — before breaking up, with Kyle going on to form FLOODGATE (and also briefly appearing live as the vocalist for TROUBLE). Thomas subsequently spent time fronting PITTS VS PREPS, which he described as “center[ing] around the truest sound of heavy metal in the realm of old JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN.”
EXHORDER is cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA.
Poland’s Metal Mind Productions re-released the two albums from EXHORDER in May 2008. Each limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) was made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit technology.