This is My Time, says Exhorder, to Mourn The Southern Skies
As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, the New Orleans based thrash metal pioneers Exhorder have signed to Nuclear Blast and are about to release their first album in 27 years!
»Mourn The Southern Skies« will be released on September 20th and can now be pre-ordered. The record’s lead track, ‘My Time,’ can be heard in the music video below:
The New Orleans natives made their long-awaited return last year with a string of reunion shows and festival appearances, and now are launching a full-on comeback. Recorded at Duane Simoneaux at OCD Recording and working with producer Jens Bogren (AMON AMARTH, OPETH, SEPULTURA) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden for mix/master and armed with more fury and vigor than bands half their age, EXHORDER has concocted an intoxicating amalgam of old school thrashers and groovers blended with a modern, mature approach.
From the opening of the first track of Mourn The Southern Skies, listeners are reminded immediately just what EXHORDER is exactly through the spitting rage “My Time” forces upon their ears. It is evident that the anger remains prevalent, with perhaps a different point of view that younger men could not possibly have understood on earlier albums. Sasha Horn’s energy and punk influence fire the engines, with Jason VieBrooks locking down the foundation tightly. Vinnie La Bella once again has proven himself “The Godfather” of thrash riffs, which cut through like a high speed drill bit thanks to the stellar production. A lead guitar face-off in the solo not only exhibits Vinnie’s sometimes under-appreciated skills as a shredder, but also showcases newcomer Marzi Montazeri (“The High Priest of Distortion”). If anyone ever doubted EXHORDER’s skill set regarding guitar soloing, those days are gone forever! And finally, as if riding a runaway garbage truck with fireworks exploding off of its roof top, Kyle Thomas invokes venom and energy with familiar passion. All in all, the truth is apparent – EXHORDER mean business once again!
EXHORDER’s founding guitarist Vinnie La Bella says of their resurgence, “You can plot and scheme for years, even decades (as is in our case). You can work hard, keep grinding, bang the square peg in the round hole until it looks somewhat presentable. But sometimes you just need to let time tell you, it’s time. Exhorder has its own soul. And it pokes me in the ribs ever so often as if to remind me, ‘Hey asshole, we ain’t done yet!’ Kyle and myself had a dream as teenagers. And as cliche as it may seem, we never woke up from it. Exhorder has always crept in and out of our lives. So no magic bullet or formula here. It was only a simple matter of time before the right guys, the right songs, the right manager/label would finally come to the party. It’s been damn near 35 years since we first uttered the name, Exhorder. 27 years since our last record, and a whole lot of breaking up and making up in between. So why is this time different? Why start again at 50 years of age instead of retiring? Simple… because it’s finally, TIME!”
EXHORDER’s enduring legacy began in the mid-80’s when they defined the sound of Louisiana thrash and groove metal. Their initial formation was short lived, lasting nearly a decade with two critically acclaimed, classic albums, but their impact on the metal genre can be felt through a generation of bands that followed. EXHORDER dissolved in the mid-90’s but briefling reunited in 2011. Now, the band has returned to reclaim their throne of NOLA metal with their awaited new album and an all-star line-up that includes Kyle Thomas (founding vocalist; TROUBLE, HEAVY AS TEXAS), Vinnie La Bella (founding guitarist), Marzi Montazeri (guitarist; ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PHIL ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, HEAVY AS TEXAS), Jason VieBrooks (bassist since 2011; HEATHEN, GRIP INC.) and Sasha Horn (drummer; FORBIDDEN).
»Meditations Over North America 2019«
w/ KATAKLYSM, KRISIUN, HATCHET
04.09. USA Joliet, IL – The Forge
05.09. USA Cave-In-Rock, IL – Full Terror Assault
06.09. USA Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
07.09. USA Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
08.09. USA Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
10.09. USA Seattle, WA – El Corazon
11.09. USA Portland, OR – The Bossanova Ballroom
12.09. USA Oakland, CA – Metro Operahouse
13.09. USA Los Angeles, CA – Union
14.09. USA San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
15.09. USA Mesa, AZ – Club Red
16.09. USA El Paso, TX – Rockhouse Bar & Grill
17.09. USA Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
18.09. USA Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
20.09. USA Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
21.09. USA Atlanta, GA – Slaughter-Que
22.09. USA Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
23.09. USA Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
26.09. USA Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
25.09. USA Reading, PA – Reverb
26.09. USA Worcester, MA – Palladium
04.10. D Lichtenfels – Way Of Darkness Festival
05.10. D Essen – Turock
07.10. UK London – The Underworld Camden
08.10. UK Manchester – Rebellion
09.10. UK Glasgow – Slay
10.10. IRL Dublin – Voodoo Lounge
Record Release Show
19.10. USA New Orleans, LA – The Howlin’ Wolf (w/ ADAM PEARCE AND THE WARBIRDS, A HANGING, MORBID TORMENT)