Be careful when you say “never.”
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Neverland! After two short-lived reformation periods following the 1993 breakup of the band, EXHORDER returned to the stage with a youthful frenzy for festivals and club shows in 2018. In addition to their long-awaited live return, which won over any skeptics and proved EXHORDER indeed was back, the band has forged a new album for a 2019 release. While finally encapsulating the live sound that the band had built its legendary reputation with, »Mourn The Southern Skies« is an intoxicating concoction of old school thrashers and groovers blended with a modern, mature EXHORDER.
Yes, we said it. Mature. With founding members Vinnie LaBella and Kyle Thomas the only original members returning, the pair quickly assembled a game plan with longtime friend and former member, Jason VieBrooks (HEATHEN, GRIP INC.). This time around, it was crucial to put together a team that included more than just band members. In All Independent Service Alliance they found a management team that could take EXHORDER to another level as well as relieve the band members of decision making that ultimately led to the previous demise of all things EXHORDER.
Once Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) and Marzi Montazeri (HEAVY AS TEXAS, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) jumped into the fold, the band painstakingly toiled away at putting together a live show with songs from the first two albums, »Slaughter In The Vatican« and »The Law.« With two sold-out shows for EXHORDER’s first ever New York appearance at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar setting the tone, the band gained steam throughout 2018. It was now glaringly evident that a new album should happen - the album that always should have been. Over the ensuing months, Vinnie and Kyle constructed new material in an intense manner. For the first time, EXHORDER was actually critiquing its creations with a fine-toothed comb, and the effort has yielded an absolute beast of an album.
Posted: February 01, 2023
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