Exhorder Parts Ways with Founding Guitarist Vinnie LaBella

Quebec Deathfest, Mtelus, Montreal, CAN 10/20/18

Exhorder, enjoying a rejuvenated spirit and output as a band in recent years, has parted ways with founding guitarist Vinnie LaBella. The band issued a statement saying that they will fulfill their “touring and recording obligations for 2020 and beyond.” LaBella posted a message that seems to cast doubt on the mutual part, but that is yet to be confirmed, beyond a vague message. Exhorder released their new album, Mourn The Southern Skies, last September via Nuclear Blast Records. Singer Kyle Thomas is now the sole remaining founding member of the band. The rest of the current lineup is rounded out by Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (Ex-Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals) on guitar and Sasha Horn (Forbidden) on drums. They will undertake the new Wings Over The USA’ tour soon, featuring Overkill and Hydraform as well. Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Exhorder – Mourn The Southern Skies

 

 

Formed in 1985, Louisiana’s Exhorder left a brief but lasting impression on a dying thrash scene with their controversial 1990 debut Slaughter in the Vatican and its more mature, but equally impressive 1992 follow-up, The Law (both Roadrunner). Just as thrash was making way for the unplugged introspection and tatty woolly jumpers of grunge, Exhorder arrived in an attempt to revitalise the scene. Continue reading

Washburn Guitars Unveiling Marzi Montazeri’s The Priestess Guitar At NAMM 2015

Marzi Montazeri's The Priestess from Washburn Guitars.

Marzi Montazeri’s The Priestess from Washburn Guitars.

Washburn Guitars will be unveiling the new Marzi Montazeri (Philip J Anselmo & The Illegals) Signature Guitar “The Priestess” at NAMM this weekend in Anaheim, CA. According to a statement:

The Priestess combines modern and classic features, such as: an offset solid mahogany body with a carved raised center cradling 2 Marzi Montazeri custom wound Seymour Duncan pickups which provide unmatched tone and sustain. An Original Floyd Rose Tremolo System with locking nut is built in allowing you to make this axe squeal with delight or dive bomb to the depths of your soul. The mahogany neck sports an ebony fingerboard, split block inlays with custom 12th fret Marzi “M” inlay and super jumbo frets providing classic rock style with modern speed and superior playability. Custom Grover 18:1 tuners make it easy to keep the guitar accurately tuned.

Washburn’s Parallaxe series is a breakthrough line of guitars aimed at the pro rock or metal guitarist. It is stage & recording ready and packed with unique features such as the Buzz Feiten tuning system, spring silencers, brass trem blocks, super jumbo frets and USA made electronics.

Visit us at NAMM: Hall B, Booth 5740
and meet Marzi Montazeri and “The Priestess”

Marzi Montazeri of Philip J. Anselmo & The Illegals

Marzi Montazeri of Philip J. Anselmo & The Illegals

Testament, Whitesnake, etc Members On Randy Rhoads Remembered

randy rhoads remembered

The Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration of a Guitar Legend! has been confirmed for Friday, January 23, 2015 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, celebrating the life of original Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads.

Show creator Brian Tichy and partner Joe Sutton conceived this event in 2013 after agreeing years before that Randy Rhoads deserved fresh recognition for his musical impact. They are both huge fans of Rhoads. Tichy himself played with Ozzy Osbourne in 2000. On top of the best guitar players in the world rocking their favorite Rhoads’ songs, Randy’s brother Kelle Rhoads performs and both his sister Kathy and he share their stories making this a very touching and personal experience for all involved!

The following artists have been confirmed as participants in Randy Rhoads Remembered:

GUITARISTS:

Tracii Guns (Devil City Angels)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake / Night Ranger)
Nik Kai (Kemical Kill)
Kiko Louriero (Angra)
Marzi Montazeri (Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals / Marzi Montazeri’s Heavy As Texas)
Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob)
Mitch Perry (MSG / Edgar Winter)
Monte Pittman (Madonna)
Rowan Robertson (DIO / Bang Tango / DC4)
Janet Robin (Student of Randy Rhoads / Lindsey Buckingham)
Alex Skolnick (Testament / Alex Skolnick Trio)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
Brent Woods (Student of Randy Rhoads / Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach)
Phil X (The Drills / Bon Jovi)
Roy Z (Halford / Bruce Dickinson / Tribe of Gypsies)
Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill)

“THE MADMEN” (RRR House Band):
Michael Devin: vox (Whitesnake)
Stephen LeBlanc: keys (Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Exp.)
Rudy Sarzo: bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot / Whitesnake / Queensryche)
Phil Soussan: bass (Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol / Big Noize)
Brian Tichy: drums (Whitesnake / Foreigner / Ozzy Osbourne / Billy Idol)

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill / MOTH)
Host: Dean Delray (Rock n’ Roll Comedian)
Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio
Dave Ellefson (Megadeth)
Kelle Rhoads
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey / Talisman)
Chas West (Bonham)

*In addition to this lineup, there will be some very specials guests –
some will be announced and some won’t, so stay tuned!