Former Warbringer Drummer Nic Ritter Has Died

Former Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter has died.

Shares the band’s vocalist John Kevill:

“A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world. Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on “Waking into Nightmares” pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming. Sadly, “Waking into Nightmares” is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one.
Rest easy, old buddy
–Kevill”

Nic Ritter’s cause of death was not revealed yet though his family members have referred to his death as being “unexpected” via social media.

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Former Warbringer Drummer Nic Ritter Has Died

Former Warbringer drummer Nic Ritter has died.

Shares the band’s vocalist John Kevill:

“A couple days ago we got some tragic news. Our former drummer, Nic Ritter, is dead. He passed either Wednesday or Thursday and I got the word Thursday night. I know few details of how he died. I had not seen Nic in many years, though I had spoken to him a few times fairly recently. I always will to regret that I never saw him again, and we never really caught up on all our old times traveling the world. Nic played approximately 400-450 shows with Warbringer between June 2008 through January 2011, the period where we were never off the road. His drum performance on “Waking into Nightmares” pushed the standard of technicality and musicianship in Warbringer to a new level and helped to shape the identity of the band to what it is today. He was an absolutely stellar player who in my opinion is a true innovator in thrash metal drumming. Sadly, “Waking into Nightmares” is, to the best of my knowledge, his sole recorded musical legacy. Shame that he never played on another record, at least I know he was very proud of our work on that one.
Rest easy, old buddy
–Kevill”

Nic Ritter’s cause of death was not revealed yet though his family members have referred to his death as being “unexpected” via social media.

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Update On Fifth Studio Album Posted By Warbringer

California thrashers Warbringer – having just signed to Napalm Records – posted an update on the upcoming fifth studio release.

In the clip, drummer Carlos Cruz speaks about writing process and per-production for the album. Check it out here:

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Cauldron Drops Off Calgary Show, Recruits Fill-In Vocalist Dan Cleary

Cauldron is out on the road with Warbringer, Enforcer, and Exmortus, but unfortunately the band will not make the Calgary tour date, and future dates will feature a fill-in vocalist. Cauldron comments:

“Unfortunately we’ve had to pull out of the Calgary show tonight due to a throat infection that has left Jason will barely any voice and the risk of permanent vocal damage if we continue. We will return tomorrow in Edmonton with Dan Cleary of Striker filling in on lead vocals.

“The rest of the boys will still be hanging at show tonight with our new record and merch for those who are interested (though will show up a little later). Sorry and thanks for understanding, we hope to see you again soon.”

Cauldron’s new album “In Ruin” was released January 8th in North America on The End Records & will drop January 29th in Europe on High Roller Records.

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WARBRINGER – Back in action with new line-up; Touring Asia!

WARBRINGER built a reputation for themselves. The Southern California thrash metal band were part of every major tour around the globe for five years straight. In that time it was miraculous that they found time to record four albums of unrelenting aggression. And then it all came to a screeching halt. “I really thought that […]

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Warbringer Parts Ways With Guitarist And Drummer

Warbringer, which released latest album “IV: Empires Collapse” late last year, has issued the following announcement about parting ways with two members:

“So guys, all our fans and supporters, Kevill here up way too late drinkin’, there’s some bad news and as our awesome fans you guys deserve to know. I don’t feel right about our prolonged silence on this issue and I think it’s time we clear things up.

“Drummer for the 3rd and 4th records Carlos Cruz and founding guitarist John Laux have left the band. This is a huge and devastating blow to us, and it makes even my own self doubt our future. Carlos made great contributions on the last two records, and John Laux started the band with me, we wrote our first songs together.

“The more astute listeners have noticed this, as our last tour we did not have either of them on board. As for the why’s, I don’t entirely understand it myself, so I can’t provide a decent explanation here. I really wish I understood more than I do.

“Still remaining is myself, founding member Adam Carroll (he’s back) and bassist of the fourth record Ben Mottsman.

“This is why you haven’t heard much from us lately, why the nonstop touring machine has grinded to a halt, and why any updates here are more about the past than they are of the future.

“Honestly I have my own doubts on if we can continue, or if it will be right if we do. At the same time, I started this band out of high school, it is my first and only band, and everything I feel I’ve accomplished in life that I can really be proud of is tied to this in one way or another. I have plenty of ideas left, and Adam has a million sweet riffs, and to be honest I never wanted this to be over, I wanted to tour straight through the fourth album and go onto the fifth. I felt like this band has evolved on every album, developed its own brand of ripping thrash metal, and I only wanted to continue that further.

“So I need to ask all you guys, what do you think of this? In light of all I just said, do you want to hear another Warbringer record, or come see us again?

“Basically, are you guys still with us?

“At any rate, if you listen to any of the music we have made, remember to play it loud. Whatever the outcome may be, keep rocking.”

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Anger As Art Posts East Coast Tour Dates

Veteran Los Angeles thrashers Anger As Art have announced The Right Coast Invasion 2014, which will consist of three dates. The band will play the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ on March 26th and Acheron in Brooklyn, NY on March 27th, then wrap up with an appearance at San Juan, Puerto Rico’s First Metal Expo Convention 2014 on March 29th with Warbringer, Raven, Solstice, a guitar clinic with Puerto Rican metal hero Ramon Ortiz, and many more. A promo video for the two-day Metal Expo can be found here.

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Warbringer Missing Istanbul Show Due To Border Issues

After the band’s guitarist was hospitalized earlier this month, Warbringer has now issued the following announcement about missing a show due to border problems:

“Sorry to all the Turkish fans for us not appearing in Istanbul tonight. There was issues beyond our control with border paperwork, and we were not able to make the show.

“Enjoy the rest of the tour and we hope we can make it there soon, it is a real disappointment for us not being able to play for you guys.”

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Preview Clip Of New Album “Steelcrusher” Posted By Hammercult

Israeli death thrashers Hammercult posted a preview clip of the upcoming sophomore effort entitled “Steelcrusher.” The album is set for release on January 27th via Steamhammer/SPV Records. the band features bassist Elad Manor, who played with Warbringer live during the tour in support of “Waking into Nightmares.”

The track list for “Steelcrusher” is:

1. Hymn to the Steel
2. Steelcrusher
3. Metal Rules Tonight
4. Into Hell
5. We Are the People
6. Burning the Road
7. Ironbound
8. Unholy Art
9. Satanic Lust
10. Liar
11. Damnation Arise
12. Heading for War
13. In the Name of the Fallen

Check out the preview clip here:

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Preview Clip Of New LP “IV: Empires Collapse” Posted By Warbringer

California thrashers Warbringer posted a short preview clip of the upcoming new album “IV: Empires Collapse.” The album is set for release on October 25th (Germany), October 28th (EU) and October 29th (USA) via Century Media Records.

1. Horizon
2. The Turning of the Gears
3. One Dimension
4. Hunter-Seeker (streaming here)
5. Black Sun, Black Moon
6. Scars Remain
7. Dying Light
8. Iron City
9. Leviathan
10. Off with Their Heads!
11. Towers of the Serpent

Check out the preview clip here:

The band will embark on a tour of Europe in support of Iced Earth starting on January 9th in Germany. More information can be found over here.

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