I might be very alone in not being familiar with WARBRINGER but hey; there are so many bands to keep track of that some are bound to fall between the cracks. That has been rectified now with John Kevill answering my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are Warbringer from Los Angeles, California. We formed at the end of 2004, and play a form of vicious and extreme thrash metal, rooted in the old school but with an eye on the future.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-There’s no great story to it, but the name fits the band very well. It accurately described the kind of music we play.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-I am inspired by a ton of music, way too much to name. All genres too, not just metal. But for Warbringer, the focus is on intense metal, so our chief influences in our career have been Kreator, Slayer, Demolition Hammer, Sacrifice, Bathory, Exodus, Dissection, Death, etc etc.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Well, CD and vinyl allow you to present the whole product, we put a lot into the packaging and art for this and I think for any record that one truly loves, digital just isn’t enough. But honestly I just try to make the best records I can and hope people like it enough to invest in it.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as complement to buying CDs (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-No worries, we never made money from music directly anyway, we just want people to hear us. The industry is in a transitional state and it will be interesting to see where it transitions to.

What part does artwork and layout play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-The art is often the first impression of the record! We have always had detailed paintings for the artwork, no slapped together CG nonsense! The art on our newest record “Woe to the Vanquished” is supposed to give this sense of monumental, monolithic evil!

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word-of-mouth?
-I mean, one must use both, both are available tools and it would be foolish to rely wholly on one or the other. Social media is definitely no substitute for being a real live band though.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Yes, we are objectively, we have released 5 albums in the past 9 years and played over 1000 concerts worldwide. There’s no way we aren’t a part of the scene after all that!

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We have historically toured our asses off, playing up to 300 shows in a year. We aim to be the ultimate live thrash experience, completely blowing the audience’s collective heads off. I think touring is essential to being a real, valid band. If you can’t play a good live gig, don’t call yourself a band.

What will the future bring?
-Glory, conquest, and metal. Forever.

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