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Chicago, Illinois, USA (2003 – present)

Formed by Steven Rathbone in the spring of 2003 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He enlisted Donald James Barraca (also in 7000 Dying Rats) on bass and longtime friend Larry Herweg (Tusk, Pelican) on drums.
Recorded a demo EP in November 2003 with Sanford Parker at Volume Studios. Released March 2004, 300 pressed.
Signed with Southern Lord Records July 2004. Recorded two more songs at Volume Studios with Parker, added to the 6 songs from the demo EP.

Released Carnage in September 2004 on Southern Lord Records.
Recorded at Volume Studios with Parker in July 2005 for forthcoming EP and 2nd full-length album.
Released Cannibal Massacre EP October 2005 on Southern Lord Records.
Released The Ultimate Destroyer in April 2006 on Southern Lord Records.
The song Warlord featured on the Tony Hawk American Wasteland game. Released September 2006 by Activision.
Toured the US and Europe extensively from 2004 - present. Played shows with Goatwhore, Usurper, High on Fire, Repulsion, Sunn O))), Khanate, Watchmaker, Grief, Kill the Client, Goatsnake, Unearthly Trance, Cattle Decapitation, Obituary, Unsane, Nachtmystium, Carnivore, Capricorns, MONARCH, Knut etc.
Due to busy scheduling, in October 2006 Larry Herweg was replaced by local pounder Chris Wozniak (Blood of Martyrs, Trifog) on drums.


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  • nyarlathotep616

    That's fucking awesome.

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • rborlax

    these guys are RIFFMONSTERS

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DailyGrinder

    This band is the epitome of metal.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Isaaaaaak


    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • sangremuerto

    Wicked Mountain!

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • timothybarnes

    I can't wait for the new EP, I'm sure it's going to be excellent.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Z_mastermind

    @Sculpy and @ale193 - WMBM drags occasionally, but Slaughter the Bestial Legion might have my favorite riff of all time. Really, you just need all of them.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • andeveryone-

    For any interested/First EP (#59/100)

    4 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ale193

    @sculpy- Thanks

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Sculpy

    @ale193 - Ultimate Destroyer is the best produced and catchiest. WMBT is their most varied record, with straight-up divisions between doomier and thrashier songs, but it isn't quite as memorable. Carnage is up there with UD for the riffs but the production is really raw and thin, reminiscent of Hellhammer/C.F. Overall the first three are pretty much on a level in their own ways. Personally, Evil Power was really weak for me, so take that as you will. If you like UD and the proto metal bands, you'll enjoy the other two, no question.

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ale193

    Which album would you say is the best? I have The Ultimate Destroyer, and Evil Power, and they're both amazing, but how do the other two album stack up?

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ale193

    This band perfectly embodies the sort of gritty, coarse, thrashing, Celtic-Frosty proto-black/death metal I crave. Hell, its better than labels. its pure unmitigated f*cking badasery!

    27 Oct 2011 Reply
  • UndeadLetters

    Needs more Celtic Frost-iness..

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BeyondVexing

    First three albums are great! Evil!

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • Dabedread


    12 Jan 2011 Reply

    the soundtrack for war ..........I love your music....

    9 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sucking_chest_w

    yelling about killing motherfuckers is way cool [2]

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • beer_snob

    On first listen the new album is a huge step down compared to War Metal Battle Master. Shame.

    2 Oct 2010 Reply
  • psychobloke

    thrash? doom? they're simply awesome!

    16 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Margo53

    thrash rulezzz!!!!liked!

    11 Aug 2010 Reply
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