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Warlord came out of San Jose, USA back in 1980. They got known for the first time by submitting an entry for the 'Metal Massacre'-sampler, with the song "Lucifer's Hammer". 2 months later they released their debut album 'Deliver Us'. The response on the debut from all over the world was positive. With their sensitive, sympathetic and melancholic music they (Damien King - vocals, Destroyer - guitar, Raven - bass, Sentinel - keyboards and Thunderchild - drums) got amazing reviews. Another entry ("Mrs. Victoria") for the 'Metal Massacre vol. 3'-sampler followed soon in 83, as well as a almost unnoticed change of vocalist, since the newbie (Damien King II) was pretty equal to the first Damien, and the only difference between them might have been their personal data. Afterwards they recorded the single "Aliens/Lost And Lonely Days" which was released in June of 84. Again the line-up changed when the new bass player, Archangel, joined. Towards the end of 84 they recorded a live video whose soundtrack was released as the LP 'And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun...', containing 4 songs from the debut, the 2 from the single and also 2 new songs. Their biggest problem was probably they couldn't get a decent management, and Metal Blade seemed to be unable to promote them very well. Thus their catalogue was limited to 1 single and 1 LP in the end. They never even made it to play live, not even once! Because of different activities and interests the band broke up. So one of the most original, as well as talented, heavy metal bands ever, died. Later Metal Blade released a best of-LP called 'Thy Kingdom Come' in 86, and another compilation which has all Warlord songs in 93 ('Best Of Warlord'). However, in 2001 William J.Tsamis once again hooked up with Mark Zonder, recruited Joacim Cans (Hammerfall) on vocals, and a new album, called 'Rising Out Of The Ashes' saw the light of day.

The band appeared on 3 Compilations released by Metal Blade Records:
"Lucifer's Hammer" on Metal Massacre II (1982), "Mrs. Victoria" on Metal Massacre III (1983) and "Child Of The Damned" on Total Destruction (1984).

Guitarist William J Tsamis played bass on early recordings under the pseudonym The Raven so it would appear they had both a guitarist & bassist.

Warlord also recorded an unreleased demo in 1985 with the tracks "Father" & "Thy Kingdom Come". Both tracks were finally re-recorded in 2013 and appear on The Holy Empire.

Heavy Metal
San Jose, USA
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