In music, there are leaders and there are followers. For every blistering riff there is an imitator, for each impassioned bellow, a sound-alike. It is the challenge of the modern musician to take the finite set of notes upon which all music is built, and make it their own. WARBRINGER did not invent their own vein of metal. They were preceded by greats like Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Anthrax and the almighty Metallica – but over the course of their previous two albums, they have managed to construct songs that are equal parts ferocity and finesse, and in doing so, created a sound that is distinctly their own. With the release of Worlds Torn Asunder, WARBRINGER are poised to take their rightful place at the table alongside the big boys. The music on Worlds Torn Asunder was created in the studio but was borne of years of relentless touring. True road warriors, the members of WARBRINGER have lived their lives in a van together for months on end, playing an average of 300 shows a year since the release of their debut album, War Without End, in 2008. In the process they have built an organic, diehard fanbase, sharing the stage with such metal stalwarts as Exodus, Nile, Suicide Silence, Megadeth, Napalm Death, Suffocation, All Shall Perish, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Overkill, Halford, Kreator and Nevermore.
Witchbanger was formed in Chicago in 2009 by guitarists Chris Shaughnessy (ex-Peelers) and Omar Gutierrez aka (((oMs (revolution tattoo Chicago) out of a need to play crushingly heavy, down-tuned doom metal. An abundance of riffs were created and compiled in the depths of a Western avenue basement, and shortly thereafter, veterans of the Chicago metal scene were recruited as the rhythm section in the form of bassist John “Metal” Almonte (ex-Wickerman/Unfortunaut/
DIAMOND PLATE formed in 2004 in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. DIAMOND PLATE unknowingly arrived at the right time, just as thrash-metal was beginning to make a huge comeback worldwide. Due to the ferocity of their music, coupled with a revived hunger for thrash, DIAMOND PLATE quickly established themselves as one of the top forces in the emerging U.S. thrash metal scene.