Monday, May 12, 2014

Warbringer Vocalist John Kevill Questions Band's Future

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In this article, vocalist John Kevill of Warbringer reportedly posts a drunk status questioning the band's future, and indeed his own.

He begins by saying that two members have left the band, one of them (John Laux) being a founding member. The other is Carlos Cruz, drummer for their 3rd/4th records, whom he praises for his contributions.

The whole thing reads as follows:

"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 third and fourth 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.

Allow me to advise you, John. As important as this band is to you, there is no good reason for you to cease and desist simply because it was not as high of a priority for the former members - who despite having made great contributions, are not the only people who can sustain and nurture this project in the direction you want it to go.

Anything that you are this passionate about shouldn't be allowed to slip through your fingers. You'll find another good fit which will evolve the band further in the way you've described (though, you can only go so far by limiting yourself to thrash - maybe some experimentation wouldn't hurt?)

Either it will grow and change as you want it, or you'll move on to another project that will bring you greater fulfillment. Whatever the course, I wouldn't worry too much about this.

Sure, it sucks losing a band member and friend. It's just that we are supposed to share paths with people for only so much time... sometimes those paths diverge, and we must separate and wander until someone else who fancies going to the same destination crosses paths with you again. It's life, man.

Anyway, I totally empathize. Here's hoping things work out for good old drunk John.

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