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Encyclopedia > Warlord UK

Warlord UK were an 'old school' metal band from Birmingham,England.Formed in 1991,the original line up consisted of Mark White(bass guitar,vocals),Andrew'Bear'Stone(guitar),Michael Gorst(guitar),and a drum machine.Old friends from school,they decided to form a band influenced by the bands they loved,most notably Killing Joke,New Model Army,Amebix,Slayer,Discharge,and Venom. Local musician and entrepreneur Robert 'Bob' Lamb took the band under his wing,and attempted to plug the band into the UK metal 'scene',using all manner of rock and roll cliches.The band's first demo tape was recorded soon afterwards. The tape was strong enough to attract the attention of the major record label Island Records,however Island's interest was short lived,claiming that they had no idea how to market the band.Warlord(without the UK tag at this point)carried on regardless,embarking on a short UK tour with fellow Brummies Cerebral Fix. Warlord played a local gig in Birmingham in 1992,only to discover that the drum machine was malfunctioning,the band carried on the best they could,and soon after the decision was made to search for a live drummer. Local boy Neil Hutton was recruited as Warlord's live drummer,and Warlord recorded the 'Alien Dictator' demo at Bob Lamb's studio in Kings Heath,Birmingham.The demo was very well received,and Warlord played a string of gigs soon after,performing their own versions of the Amebix classic 'Chain Reaction',New Model Army's '51st State',Slayer's 'Raining Blood' as well as their own compositions. 1995 saw the departure of Neil Hutton(he went on to play drums for Benediction and more recently Stampin' Ground)so Warlord were once again in search of a drummer. Warlord had asked Anita Harris,a friend of theirs,to handle their mail,and it was through Anita that Warlord's new drummer was recruited.Enter Neil Farrington,a seasoned drummer from the Black Country,who had played with countless local bands since 1985.Neil settled in almost immediately. Benediction vocalist Dave Ingram successfully negotiated a three album deal between Warlord and the German record label Nuclear Blast,on the condition that he did guest vocals on three of Warlord's tracks,these ended up being the Amebix cover versions 'Nobody's Driving'and 'Chain Reaction'(from Amebix's classic third album 'Monolith'), and Slayer's 'Raining Blood'.Warlord's debut album,'Maximum Carnage' was recorded at Rhythm Studios,Bidford Upon Avon,England with producer Paul Johnson.Nuclear Blast did precious little to promote the finished product,but again Warlord(now known as Warlord UK),cracked on,supporting Benediction on an 11 date European tour in February 1996,covering Belgium,Germany,Italy,Holland and the Czech Republic.All of the European dates were very well received,particularly their show in Cologne(Koln) Germany which almost resulted in a stampede of rampant rivetheads! Upon Warlord's return to the UK after the European dates,the band did a gig in their home town to around twenty people.Morale within the band was pretty low by then,but was raised again when they were booked by London promoter Devil's Church as the main support for Swedish band At The Gates,who were touring the UK. Warlord(UK)turned up at the first show on the At The Gates UK tour(coincidentally in Birmingham)only to be told by Mike,the Devil's Church promoter,that they weren't allowed to play.Mike had splattered Warlord's name across the UK's metal press as the main support for At The Gates,but as it turned out,the shows for Warlord were not to be. Feeling completely and utterly betrayed,Warlord split up.Nuclear Blast did nothing to salvage the situation,although they were probably unaware of what was going on.The band members went their seperate ways musically,although personally they were still friends. A chance meeting in a Birmingham rock club in 1998 saw the musical reunion of Mark White,Neil Farrington,Andrew Stone and Michael Gorst,and they decided to reform as Warlord.Mark White ditched the bass guitar to concentrate on vocal duties.Matthew Evans(a friend of Neil's) joined Warlord as bass guitarist.The twin guitar slaughter of Mick Gorst and Andrew Stone was further reinforced by the addition of a THIRD guitarist,'Uncle Tony'Warburton of Brummie legends Cerebral Fix,who by then had split after four albums,one with independent label Vinyl Solution,two with Roadrunner Records,and one with the(at the time)Music for Nations imprint Under One Flag. The reunion wasn't to last,however.Mark,Andrew and Michael settled into relationships with their girlfriends,and called time on their musical careers.Matthew Evans was last seen in the crowd at the Reading Festival in 2002.Tony and Neil went on to form the ill-fated Damn Dirty Apes project,Neil also ventured into punk rock with Last Under The Sun,and Sensa Yuma(with whom he toured mainland Europe),and worked briefly with original Venom guitarist Jeff 'Mantas' Dunn.Tony Warburton is having a break from his career in music,and right now Neil is spending quality time with his son,and hopes to get behind the drums again soon.


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