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Dragonsclaw Vocalist Giles Lavery Named Live Vocalist As Warlord Announces New Tour Lineup

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Bill Tsamis, founder of the legendary U.S. metal act Warlord, announced the band's new "live lineup." Though singer Rick Anderson will provide vocals on the upcoming release "The Holy Empire," the live vocalist will be Dragonsclaw singer Giles Lavery. In an announcement on the Warlord Fan Club Page on Facebook, Tsamis posted:

"First let me say this. When Mark, Rick, and I embarked on this new venture of doing a new Warlord album, I had no intention of doing any live shows, mostly because of my health situation (as many of you know). However, when we were invited by Oliver Weinsheimer of 'KEEP IT TRUE' to headline that German festival, and when I received clearance from my doctor that I could physically endure such a trip to Europe, suddenly we were approached by Greek promoters as well. Now, Thessaloniki and Athens were on the table.

"I realized (along with Mark) that the Warlord fans would primarily want to hear 'classic Warlord.' And as you know, there is a distinction between the 'classic Warlord' sound and the 'new Warlord' sound (which will one day become 'classic' as well). Although Rick is the perfect (ideal) singer for the 'new' Warlord, I knew we had to find someone who could approximate the 'higher range' style of the early Warlord vocalists. I had heard our friend Giles Lavery sing 'Lucifer's Hammer' already and I asked him to send me an audition tape of five songs... here, you will find excerpts from that audition tape (no 20 minute trailer here), and you will understand 'why' I (we) decided to go with someone like Giles, who is not only a great vocalist in the higher range (as well as the AOR style), but he is someone who has been a Warlord fan since his youth, and is a person who understands the mindset of 'the Warlord fan.'

"In sum, 'Rick is better suited to sing the new Warlord material while Giles is better suited to sing the classic Warlord material.' So, here is a taste of Giles Lavery as the Warlord vocalist for the upcoming live shows. The other players as mentioned above will be: Philip Bynoe (bass), Paolo Viani (guitar), and Angelo Vefeiadis (keyboards)."

Giles is also slated to provide vocals on the track "Kill Zone" for the new release. For a taste of Lavery, Warlord posted his live singer audition, which can be heard here:

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