New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER have entered OCD Studios in Metairie, Louisiana with producer Duane Simoneaux to begin recording their first album in nearly three decades. The as-yet-untitled disc will be released later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records.
EXHORDER now features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums.
Comments LaBella: 'We could have done this record almost anywhere we wanted to. We chose to do it — the main tracking — in New Orleans with Duane Simoneaux. You've heard Duane's work on a lot of CROWBAR stuff. He did a little work with DOWN, I think, and a lot of local stuff. He's an extreme fucking talent. He's helping me produce. He's a brilliant mind, man. I couldn't think of a better place or a better person to capture these tracks right here in our own hometown. So we're trying to keep it as local as we can."
EXHORDER relased two albums in the early 1990s through the Roadrunner label — 1990's "Slaughter in the Vatican" and 1992's "The Law" — before breaking up, with Kyle going on to form FLOODGATE and also briefly appearing live as the vocalist for TROUBLE, which he later joined on a full-time basis (and is still a member of).
EXHORDER is cited by many as the originator of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA.
Posted by Exhorder on Thursday, February 7, 2019