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Band Photo: Exhorder (?)

Formed: 1985
From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Exhorder Interviews and Features

Below are our features and interviews with Exhorder.


Exhorder On Reunion, New Material And More

Last month, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derbyshire, one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious heavy metal extravaganzas. While there, I was able to not only see an assortment of legends, cult heroes and up and comers but meet some of them two and I was delighted to be able to talk with Kyle Thomas and Vinnie Labella of the massively influential Exhorder. Now back and with big plans, the duo discussed why Exhorder has returned, if there will be anything new for fans to look forward to and finally being able to tour Europe. You can check out the interview in full in the video below. More...

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Exhorder Bassist's Memory Gives Band New Resolve

New Orleans natives, Exhorder emerged on the worldwide metal scene with their 1990 Roadrunner Records debut, “Slaughter in the Vatican.” Said recording combined groove, down tempo measures and break-neck speed. While not forsaking the speed picking of the previous album, Exhorder further emphasized churning, swampy grooves on their 1992 follow up “The Law.”

Along with Meshuggah’s “Contradictions Collapse” (1991) and Pantera’s, “Vulgar Display of Power” (1992), “The Law” was part of a new breed that would permanently change the face of metal. Machine Head and White Zombie tapped into this groove as did the forthcoming nu metal and metalcore scenes. While Pantera and Meshuggah enjoyed the fruits of their labors, Exhorder broke up shortly after releasing their prize recording.

Since their disbanding, Exhorder members have participated in various projects, and even reformed to play select shows in 2008. Now, the group is writing new material, gigging more frequently, and ready to make its big comeback. The recent death of bassist and long-time friend Frankie Sparcello served as a set back, but the group is determined to carry on in his memory.

During a stop in Austin as part of a mini-tour through Texas and Louisiana with Rigor Mortis, Exhorder front man Kyle Thomas spoke with Metal Underground. He commented on past mistakes, Sparcello’s demoralizing death and how the group rebounded from this sordid event. Follow the link below to read what he said. More...

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