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Premonitions of War

Formed: 2000
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active


Formed in September of 2000, Premonitions Of War was manifested by three close friends, M. Gaytan (guitar), P. Meyers (guitar) and D. Schoenhofer (drums) who had been playing in bands together for close to four years. Their overall dissatisfaction with the hardcore scene and the world in general inspired them to create music that would incorporate all of their influences - from metal to rock to electronic and more- while keeping their feet planted firmly in hardcore. "We're not a metal band - we don't have long hair and we don't wear bullet belts. We want to make music that will combine different types of heavy music without expressing the shortcomings of any of them. We like to keep people on their toes and bring in elements from music scenes generally geared towards older audiences while still keeping it interesting to us," said Gaytan. Premonitions oO War added two more members, T. Amstutz on vocals and A. Amstutz on bass to solidify their assemblage and started writing music. They released a self-titled EP in 2000 and started playing shows throughout the U.S. Next, they wrote and recorded the notable 'The True Face of Panic' released by Goodfellow Records in November of 2002, touring in support of it with bands like The Red Chord, Between the Buried and Me and The Black Dahlia Murder.

In 2003 Premonitions Of War would see a lineup change that added B. Wharton on vocals and N. Hale on bass and the band now had a solid touring arrangement. They began garnering interest from various record labels and were approached by Victory Records in February of 2003, signing a deal with the label shortly thereafter. Premonitions Of War had already received outstanding press from the likes of Metal Maniacs, Terrorizer, MTV News and Outburn. The buzz on this band was building with unrelenting force.

Premonitions Of War headed south to Tampa, FL to record their Victory Records premiere, "Left In Kowloon", in October of 2003 at Mana Recording Studios with Shawn Ohtani and Erik Rutan of Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal fame. M. Gaytan said, "Recording 'Kowloon' included a lot of late nights fueled by coffee and Cuban guava pastries. We worked through evenings and mornings for 3 weeks straight, which definitely added to the genuine bitterness and the emphatic bleakness of the recording. It was amazing to record with [Erik] Rutan as we've all looked up to the bands he's been in and the recordings that were done in this studio like Hate Eternal and Krisiun".

Unsurpassingly volatile and irascible, Premonitions of War is a monstrosity that is ready to storm the front lines of the heavy music scene and "Left In Kowloon" is a paradigm that will go unmatched by today's standards of angst-ridden hardcore. Premonitions Of War truly captures vehemence and catharsis and are the burgeoning band in extreme music for 2004.

Latest Premonitions of War News

Below is our complete Premonitions of War news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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The Red Chord Announces East Coast Shows

Forced to miss its European tour with Rotten Sound and Aborted due to the effects of the recent volcano in Iceland, The Red Chord has lined up two shows for fans on the East Coast. The shows are as follows:

April 24 - New England Metal and Hardcore Fest in Worcester, MA
April 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly with Premonitions Of War and Tiger Flowers.

Kozowyk offers this explanation about the European tour, "We did everything we could to make it to this European tour with Rotten Sound and Aborted. Unfortunately, our best efforts couldn't get The Red Chord or Those Who Lie Beneath onto the continent until it was far too late. The remainder of the tour is uncertain, but if Rotten Sound and Aborted continue with the rest of it, we strongly advise and appreciate your support of the remaining shows. We will do our best to make up shows before the end of the year and we thank the bands, agents and fans for their patience and understanding during this ridiculous situation."

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Drummer Cory Grady Joins The Classic Struggle

Myrtle Beach metalcore band, The Classic Struggle, has issued the following message welcoming their new drummer Cory Grady:

"We are proud to announce that we have gotten a new drummer replacing TCS co-founder Tyler Solnosky. Cory Grady (ex-Black Dahlia Murder, Premonitions of War) will be our new permanent replacement. We are very excited about this recent addition. He is an extraordinary person as well as a musician and we are all real stoked about writing our new upcoming album with him. He has been learning all of our past material and we have also been writing new material as well. We hope to be back on the road by the end of this summer and look out for a late '09 release."

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Turmoil Selects New Singer, Nate Johnson

Though an announcement has yet to be made, Turmoil has indeed found a replacement for singer Jon Gula, who parted ways with the band this past summer. Now joining the group is Nate Johnson. Over the years, Johnson has fronted a small handful of notable bands, including Through The Eyes Of The Dead and Premonitions Of War.

As you may recall, Johnson recently joined New Jersey's Fit For An Autopsy. Lambgoat reportst that his role with that group will remain unchanged, and in fact, the band just finished recording a new EP with Johnson on vocals.

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Nate Johnson Joins Fit For An Autopsy

Notable hardcore/metal singer Nate Johnson recently joined death metal outfit Fit For An Autopsy. In addition to Johnson, who has done time in Since The Flood, Through The Eyes Of The Dead, and Premonitions Of War, among others. The band also features former members of The Acacia Strain and Shattered Realm. Two new songs from the band are available on the band's MySpace player.

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TTEOTD Singer Quits and Joins Since The Flood

Through The Eyes Of The Dead frontman, Nate Johnson (Premonitions of War), has apparently left the band and joined Massachusetts hardcore/metal outfit Since The Flood. Johnson, who only joined TTEOTD in March, is the third member to leave the group in recent months. Johnson will reportedly perform his first show with Since The Flood on Sunday, January 27th at the Waterfront Tavern in Holyoke, MA.

As previously reported, drummer Josh Kulick quit the band earlier this month and guitarist Chris Anderson quit the band back in October of 2007.

Mirroring their revolving door of band members, Since the Flood just announced their latest singer, Nate Siemens, to the group's ranks last September as well as former Guns Up! bassist Ricky Nukem.

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TTEOTD Frontman on MTV's Headbanger's Blog

The frontman of South Carolina's THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is featured on MTV's Headbanger's Blog, discussing his addition to the band. New vocalist Nate Johnson (Premonitions of War, Deadwater Drowning) explains how he came to join the band here.

Having just completed a headlining tour alongside As Blood Runs Black, Beneath The Massacre and Ion Dissonance, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD is back home until next month when they will open the forthcoming tour featuring As I Lay Dying, All That Remains and Haste The Day. Continuing to support the new album "Malice," THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD's first video from the record has already aired on Headbangers Ball several times and is available online here.

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Premonitions Of War Returns From Hiatus

Following a lengthy hiatus, Premonitions Of War has returned. According to the band, "it's been a long two years - some members touring in other bands, some spending time in jail. We are currently writing new material and have begun booking shows for the summer." Sean Vandegrift, formerly of From A Second Story Window will be filling in on vocals in May and June while Nate Johnson tours with Through The Eyes Of The Dead. Anyone interested in booking the group should contact them on their MySpace.

Premonitions Of War has lined up the following appearances:

5/29 Columbus, OH @ The High Five w/ Regurgitate, Fuck The Facts
6/17 Cheswick, PA @ The Ches-A-Rena (Sincerity Fest)
7/27 Indianapolis, IN @ The Harrison Center (Dude Fest)
7/28 Milwaukee, WI @ TBA (Dance Fest)
7/29 Westland, MI @ VFW Post 6896 (Gorefest)

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Through The Eyes Of The Dead Confirm Vocalist

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD have confirmed the addition of vocalist Nate Johnson (Premonitions of War) to the band's ranks following the departure of former vocalist Anthony Gunnells. Johnson will enter Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, ex-Morbid Angel) April 23 to wrap up vocal recordings for the upcoming album 'Malice,' the follow-up to 2005's full-length debut, 'Bloodlust.' Tracklist information and artwork will be available shortly, while 'Malice' is currently eyeing a late summer release through Prosthetic Records.

"We are extremely happy to have Nate on board with us as the new vocalist and front man for TTEOTD," said guitarist Justin Longshore. "There's no doubt in my mind that Nate will deliver on 'Malice' as well as on tour. We'd like to thank everyone for their submissions that they sent us. There are some really killer vocalists out there and it was definitely a tough decision. Thanks to all of the fans for all of the support in this situation."

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD will depart for a European tour alongside Dead To Fall and Ion Dissonance in early May, meeting up with Dying Fetus and Skinless a few times along the way upon completion of recording 'Malice.'

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Black Market Activities sign The_Network

Black Market Activities has announced the signing of New Hampshire-based The_Network. The band includes former members of Premonitions of War and Dead Water Drowning and apparently distinguishes themselves from the more Devo-inspired act with an underscore.

According to the label, the band promises vintage, chaotic hardcore in the vein of Deadguy, Coalesce, Turmoil, Refused and Bloodlet. The group are in the process of booking a tour alongside Gaza and Thumbscrew in October and November. Look for tour dates to be announced soon.

You can check out some music on their myspace page.

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Burnt By The Sun Completes New Lineup

Burnt By The Sun have now solidified their new lineup. As you may recall, vocalist Mike Olender and drummer Dave Witte left the group last September. As reported a few weeks later, the group quickly added drummer Brandon Thomas (Ripping Corpse, etc.) to their line-up. Fast forward nearly a year, and Burnt By The Sun has announced the addition of vocalist Nate Johnson (Premonitions Of War, Deadwater Drowning) and guitarist Nick Hale (ex-Premonitions Of War). The band is currently writing material for an EP, which will be available later this year. Meanwhile, a brief East Coast tour is being planned.

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BTBAM Changes San Antonio Venue

There has been a venue change in the Between the Buried and Me, The Red Chord, The Acacia Strain and Premonitions of War show in San Antonio, TX on August 10. The show has moved from The Sanctuary to White Rabbit.

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Premonitions Of War New Album Delayed

Premonitions Of War's "Glorified Dirt + The True Face Of Panic" reissue has been delayed to a September 06th release date via Black Market Activities/Metal Blade

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Milwaukee's Robot Mosh Fest 3 Details Revealed

Details regarding Robot Mosh Fest 3 have been announced. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30th at the Old Orchard Inn in Milwaukee, WI. The show starts at 5pm and admission is $12. The following bands are slated to perform:

All Shall Perish
Amora Savant
Die Alone
Ion Dissonance
Premonitions of War
Strong Intention
Swarm of the Lotus
Wings of Scarlet

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NEHMF 2005 Live Report

It’s that time of year again- birds are chirping, trees are blossoming, the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel is bombarded with numerous metal parties. And, of course, the local businesses in Worcester, MA hand out flyers that read “Dear metalheads (!!!), if you’re wondering where to get drunk tonight, come to our pub”.

It’s the New England Metal Fest weekend, which was held on April 22-24 and welcomed fans from all corners of the US, Canada, Puerto Rico and even UK. Probably the biggest and best festival on this side of the Atlantic. At least this year’s. I was giddy with excitement about this event since January and I lived to share my observations and opinions. More...

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Premonitions Of War Drop Off Canadian Tour

Premonitions Of War have reportedly dropped off their current Canadian tour with Ion Dissonance and Despised Icon. This information hasn't officially been confirmed (read: call specific venues for confirmation), however, POW has been a no-show for dates thus far. At this point it appears that both illness and border-crossing issues are to blame.

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Danzig Confirmed To Headline NEMHF

Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.

In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.

Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.

Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.

Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.

Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.

Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.

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Despised Icon To Embark On Canadian Tour

The Canadian deathcore six-piece Despised Icon will embark on massive Canadian tour alongside Ion Dissonance and Premonitions of War late this month. The band will also make their first appearance in the U.S. at the Maryland Deathfest late May. Look for additional U.S. dates this summer.

Despised Icon's highly anticipated sophomore release, "The Healing Process," was produced by guitarist Yannick St-Amand (Ion Dissonance, Neuraxis), mixed by J-F Dagenais (Misery Index, Kataklysm) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Dillinger Escape Plan). This album, set for an April 5th release, is a relentless slab of sheer aggression matched with impeccable time changes that quickly raises the bar for their peers.

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Over 40 Bands Confirmed For NEMHF

The organizers of the New England Metal And Hardcore Festival have announced most of the bands that will perform at this year's event, set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. The billing for the festival is shaping up as follows:

Friday, April 22, 2005 (doors open at 3:00 p.m.): More...

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Bassist Departs Premonitions of War Again

Premonitions Of War have once again parted ways with bassist Nick Hale. No official explanation regarding the departure has been offered, nor has a replacement been named. Hale originally left the group in November of 2003 before rejoining POW last April.

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Premonitions Of War Finds Drummer

Less than two weeks after parting ways with drummer Dustin Schoenhofer, Premonitions Of War have now found a replacement. The group has added former The Black Dahlia Murder drummer Corey Grady to their line-up. Grady will begin rehearsing with the band prior to their upcoming touring with Walls Of Jericho. Coincidentally, Schoenhofer has now gone on to replace Alexei Rodriguez in Walls of Jericho.

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