Band Photo: Exhorder (?)
From: New Orleans, LA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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The organisers of the Maryland Deathfest have announced the first ten confirmations for next year's edition of the festival. Among them are recently reunited death metal outfit Exhumed, reactivated groove metal instigators Exhorder and Italian grindcore veterans Cripple Bastards, as well as Impaled Nazarene, Repugnant, The Kill, Wormed, Blood Freak, Cretin and Nightbringer. The festival will take place from May 27th-29th. Stay tuned for further information.
For the first time in over twenty years, two amazing metal bands from the sludge-covered city of New Orleans shared a stage. The crowds came out in droves for the show, bearing the freezing temperatures to see what will be considered a landmark show. There were many familiar faces in attendance, but the large amount of middle-aged non-metalheads was staggering. I can only speculate that these people came because Exhorder was one of their favorites as a kid, and even though they don’t like metal anymore, they wanted to see a band from their youth. It was similar to the crowd from their first show in years in November 2009 that had even less younger people. Regardless of the differences in the crowd, everyone had a great time watching the incredible event unfold. More...
For the first time since 1992, Exhorder and Crowbar will share the same stage at Metal Gras 2010 on Friday, February 12th with Flesh Parade opening. The show will take place at The Hangar, located at 1511 S. Rendon in New Orleans during the biggest weekend of Mardi Gras. Tickets are $20.00 with doors at 9pm. The show starts at 10pm.
After more than twenty years since they rocked the New Orleans scene to its core, Exhorder is still together, ready to destroy anything in its path. Ending a rather long break of eight years, the men of Exhorder proved that they aren’t done making extremely heavy punk, hardcore and metal mixed music. Exhorder was merely laying in wait, holding the fans in agonizing anticipation and striking at the perfect moment to ensure a kill. And, believe me, they killed everyone at that venue with extreme prejudice. More...
New Orleans extreme metal band Exhorder has often been cited for creating the sound that Pantera made famous. While the sound on their two classic albums, "Slaughter in the Vatican" (1990) and "The Law" (1992), was a little more extreme, sounding more like a thrashy death metal band than Pantera, the band complained of the final mix and did not approve of it. To be honest, they were still more extreme than Pantera and other thrash/groove bands that would rise to stardom in the 90s. The band broke up in 1992, still fairly underground, meaning many of today's metal heads may never have even heard of them.
Exhorder frontman Kyle Thomas went on to front other bands such as Floodgate, Trouble, and Alabama Thunderpussy among other less notable bands.
Exhorder reunited for a few shows in 2008 and announced their intention to re-record some new material as well as produce new material.
Here is a classic Exhorder video of "Slaughter In The Vatican" performed in Heidelberg on October 9, 1992, with a bonus video after the jump.
Just minutes after watching the debut episode of the HBO horror series “True Blood” and the scene in which a character in a bar is wearing an Alabama Thunderpussy t-shirt, guitarist Erik Larson issued a statement that the band was breaking up — and it had nothing to do with “True Blood.”
“The beginning of 2008 brought yet more upheaval in the saga that is this band when [singer] Kyle Thomas (Exhorder) left the group to focus on his family and the impending Exhorder reunion,” wrote Larson. “The remaining four of us had a band meeting and after serious discussion, decided to take a much-deserved/needed few months’ hiatus to regroup and focus on home life and other individual projects. The ‘few months’ seemed to flow into a bit longer as the summer progressed and we all dug deeper into our lives as individuals outside of ATP.
“Well, we finally regrouped and after much deliberation and thoughtful discussion, we have decided to end the band. There are no hard feelings between us and no bullshit politics. It’s pretty much just the end of an era. To quote George Harrison, ‘all things must pass.’ And so, after 12-plus years of solid ATP mayhem, we call it a day.”
Clearly unhappy with the final production on their earlier albums, "The Law" and "Slaughter In The Vatican," recently regrouped metal band Exhorder is planning to re-record half a dozen or more classic songs to include with their new release. Additionally, they are asking their fans' input on which songs to re-record. You can read Vinnie LaBella's entire rant about the production on the old albums and give your feedback on your favorite songs to have re-recorded on their MySpace blog.
Vinnie Labella has now issued the following update on the band's reunion plans:
"Isn't it amazing what just sheer persistence will get ya these days? Well, you asked for it and you definitely waited long enough for it and now you got it. I thought I would never utter these words again but here they are — EXHORDER is officially back in business! Hmmmm, that shit sounded good.
"After tossing this around for quite some time, we actually just decided to do this less than a week ago, so at this time we have no real direction on what we want to do as far as shows, tours, albums etc. As of right now, the first step is to get a new bass player and get back to rehearsing (Sparcello [former EXHORDER bassist Franky Sparcello] is currently incarcerated). More...
Underground metal legends Exhorder have confirmed that this year will see the return of the band and to make things even better, they'll be working on new music. The lineup for the reunion is as follows:
Kyle Thomas - Vocals
Vinnie Labella - Guitar
Jay Ceravolo - Guitar
Chris Nail - Drums
There is no word yet on who will be playing bass.
Exhorder's classic albums "Slaughter In the Vatican" and "The Law" are also to be re-released this year through Metal Mind. For more information on the re-issues click here.
The following press release has been announced:
The 80’s and early 90’s metal scene was known for being overcrowded with thrash metal acts, one more repetitive than the other. But despite this generic flood, there were a few names back then that gave new meaning to the word “thrash”. One of them was the Louisiana-based EXHORDER, a band who had a massive impact on all of future thrash metal. The group released two classic albums – Slaughter In The Vatican and The Law, which to this day stand as the embodiment of sheer thrash power and aggression. While during their career they were rather overlooked, Exhorder resurfaced years later as a thrash metal legend, highly praised by heavy music enthusiasts for their two amazing albums. Rumors of a reunion still echo around the metal scene, but as always – nothing is certain.
Both Exhorder titles will be released by Metal Mind Productions on May 19th in Europe / July 8th in USA (via MVD). New digipak edition is limited to numerated 2000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc
Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican tracklist: 'Death In Vain', 'Homicide', 'Desecrator', 'Exhorder', 'The Tragic Period', 'Legions Of Death', 'Anal Lust', 'Slaughter In The Vatican'.
Exhorder - The Law tracklist: 'Soul Serch Me', 'Unforgiven', 'I Am The Cross', 'Un-Born Again', 'Into The Void', 'The Truth', 'The Law', 'Incontinence', '(Cadence Of) The Dirge'.
Jeff "Oly" Olson (TROUBLE, RETRO GRAVE) has tapped Vincent Wojno (TROUBLE, MACHINE HEAD, KREATOR, TESTAMENT) to produce and engineer the first two RETRO GRAVE albums. The debut CD, now simply titled "Run", is a re-arrangement of TROUBLE's "Run to the Light" (originally issued in 1987 via Metal Blade). Special guests on the "Run" album include former TROUBLE bassist Ron Holzner; members of RISE TO ADDICTION, TROUBLE and NOVEMBERS DOOM; Kyle Thomas (ALABAMA THUDERPUSSY, EXHORDER, FLOODGATE); Leif Edling (CANDLEMASS); Sammy Duet (GOATWHORE, ACID BATH); and up-and-coming guitarist Mike "Rebeard" Schermuly.
"Run" is currently being recorded for an early 2008 release. A record deal is being nogotiated, the details of which will be announced in the very near future.
Kyle Thomas briefly fronted TROUBLE in 1999 and is "a welcome addition to the 'Run' album," says Olson. "All of my guests are very talented musicians that I'm psyched to work with, especially my new friends from the UK, RISE TO ADDICTION [who toured with TROUBLE in Europe earlier this year]. These guys are hard-working and extremely talented group of guys, as [is] my new permanent guitarist, Mike 'Redbeard' Schermuly from Portland, Maine."
Samples from the debut RETRO GRAVE EP can be heard at retrogravemusic.com
Former Roadrunner act Floodgate, which featured one time Exhorder and current Alabama Thunderpussy vocalist Kyle Thomas, reunited for a one-off performance at the first annual 'Raise The Dead' festival this past Saturday.
Proceeds from the gig will go to the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund - an organization that acts as an outreach program to New Orleans musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. It also aims to revive New Orleans' unique musical culture by helping displaced musicians return to the city, creating gigs and replacing flood damaged instruments. NOHRF empowers the musicians to earn a living and heal the community with music.
FLOODGATE, the New Orleans band featuring former EXHORDER and current ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY frontman Kyle Thomas, will reunite to perform at Nola Underground's first annual Raise The Dead festival, set to take place Saturday, January 13, 2007 at One Eyed Jack's (615 Toulouse Street) in New Orleans. Proceeds from the gig will go to the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund, which is an organization that acts as an outreach program to New Orleans musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina. It also aims to revive New Orleans' unique musical culture by helping displaced musicians return to New Orleans, creating gigs and replacing flood damaged instruments. The NOHRF empowers the musicians to earn a living and heal the community with music.
"If this helps out just one person and gets a horn or a guitar in their hands again, then it's all worthwhile," commented Al Hodge, guitarist of THE MUDDPIGGS and member of the festival's organization team.
In addition to FLOODGATE — who will be making their first live appearance since 2002 — the festival will feature performances by SKAB and S.I.K. (who haven't played live since the early 1990s), along with Chalmette, Louisiana-based bands SNAKE OILER and THE MUDDPIGGS, who will both be making their first live appearances since being displaced from their homes by Hurricane Katrina. Also on the bill are CULPA, SLOW THE KNIFE, HAARP and New Orleans punk legends THE PALLBEARERS.
The schedule is as follows:
THE PALLBEARERS (1:30am)
SNAKE OILER (9:50pm)
SLOW THE KNIFE (8:10pm)
THE MUDDPIGGS (7pm) More...
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY are currently holed up at The Etching Tin Studios in Richmond, VA with engineer Ian Whalen putting the finishing touches their brand new full-length, Open Fire.
Open Fire will be the first ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY record to feature new vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex- EXHORDER / FLOODGATE) and is expected to see a March 2007 release.
ATP drummer Bryan Cox reports; “I can’t say enough good stuff about recording Open Fire and recording with Ian [Whalen]. We’ve trimmed the fat and streamlined what we do down to the most potent and essential elements. Ian has done an incredible job of capturing the raw energy and power that we strive to deliver in our live shows.”
Thomas adds; "It is so good to be back doing what I love most... These songs run a wide spectrum of emotions and I believe that there are some truly special moments on this [album] that pleased my soul. Ian has really pulled something better from us."
Additionally, ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has announced a string of tour dates starting in late October to road test the new material. Here are the currently confirmed tour dates: More...
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has announced the addition of vocalist Kyle Thomas (ex- EXHORDER / FLOODGATE) to its lineup.
Thomas states: “This band is stocked with amazing musicians and most importantly quality people. It's great to be in the fold and an honor to be considered by such a great, hard working band as ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY. Above all, a big thank you to goes out to Karrie Hill for contacting me so that this could all be possible.”
“Kyle is a world class singer with an impressive résumé that includes being a founding member of seminal New Orleans metal band EXHORDER and singing with other acts including FLOODGATE, PITTS VS PREPS and TROUBLE.” comments ATP drummer Bryan Cox. Cox continues; “With the singer situation resolved, we will be headed quickly toward hitting the studio and getting it [the new record] on tape. If you are at all familiar with Kyle's work, then you know what he is going to bring to this ATP record. It will be very special and we feel honored and fortunate to be taking the next step forward as ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY with him as a part of the team.”
Guitarist Erik Larson adds “We knew right away that Kyle was the man for the singer spot when we heard him singing on some of the new material. Personally, as an EXHORDER fan, I felt a bit star struck that this guy was singing on our music. It's amazing. So we got him up to RVA for a visit / meet and greet / rehearse - ie: alcoholocaust ATP style. It went perfectly. Couldn't have asked for a better dude to join the band. I’m f*cking stoked!”
ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY has been writing for the new record since last July with the music for 14 songs already completed. The writing process will be rounded out with the addition of Thomas’s vocals for what will be their sixth full-length studio album. Expect to see ATP road-testing this new material soon.
Long-defunct New Orleans metallers EXHORDER — cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA — have issued an official statement in response to persistent rumors that the band will get back together to play select shows and/or record a new studio album. The statement reads as follows:
"In response to all the email requests and offers for EXHORDER to get back together and/or to play shows we would like to thank everyone for all the support and encouragement but EXHORDER will NOT be getting back together. Sad to say, but the official status of EXHORDER is 'permanently disbanded.'"
EXHORDER relased two albums in the early 1990s through the Roadrunner label — 1990's "Slaughter in the Vatican" and 1992's "The Law" — (later released as a 2-in-1 package from Roadrunner Records) before breaking up, with vocalist Kyle Thomas going on to form FLOODGATE (and also briefly appearing live as the vocalist for TROUBLE). Thomas is now devoting most of his time to his new band PITTS VS PREPS, which he has described as "center[ing] around the truest sound of heavy metal in the realm of old JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN."