Back in May, the status of Warbringer seemed like it might be up in the air after founding guitarist John Laux and drummer Carlos Cruz left the band. Singer John Kevill left a drunken Facebook post suggesting that the future of the band might be in doubt. A few days later, guitarist Adam Carroll clarified that as far as he was concerned, the band wasn’t done. It’s taken a few months, but the California thrash band have revealed some lineup replacements, and most of the pieces are in place. From their Facebook page:
Status report- new lineup almost complete. Of previous members, it is myself (Kevill) and original guitarist Adam Carroll remaining. We have two new guys, Noah Young on guitar and Vicken Hovsepian on drums, these dudes kill on their instruments and in the month or so we’ve all been jamming we have about 12 songs getting pretty fucking tight. They are both longtime metalheads and have been into Warbringer for many years, and know well the spirit of the band. Awesome to work with such motivated and talented people.
Unfortunately Ben Mottsman (Bass) is not going to be joining us again, best wishes to him in his new project, farewell to a rocking dude.
We have some bass tryouts coming up and we’ll see how that goes. Yeah, I know, we’ve hit basically every conceivable obstacle out there and this is taking forever. But we aren’t gonna play a damned note to you guys until the band is sounding tighter than ever, we aren’t gonna do some half-assed comeback, when you see us again it’s gonna be sharp as a goddamned razor.
The band have released four albums so far, with the last one being 2013’s Empires Collapse, which is a fitting title given all the drama they’ve had this year.