Formed in 1985, Exhorder were among the first to slam southern rock into sludge and thrash metal, paving the way for bands like Pantera and White Zombie via influential albums like 1990's Slaughter in the Vatican and 1992's The Law before the group split two years later. But Exhorder weren't finished: They resumed performing and recording in 2008 before going on hiatus in 2011. Now they've teamed up with Revolver for a two-night run at Brooklyn's St. Vitus Bar on February 9th-10th. They'll play the aforementioned LPs in their entirety – Slaughter in the Vatican on night one, and The Law on night two. Tickets for the shows, which precede Exhorder's February 12th homecoming gig at the Southport Hall in New Orleans, can be pre-ordered here (for 2/9) and here (for 2/10).
"Over our 30-year history, we have obviously had more than our fair share of struggles: struggles that have broken us apart on several occasions," says co-founding guitarist Vinnie LaBella. "Whether those struggles were internal, external or both, no matter the situation, we always find our way back to one another." Exhorder's current lineup comprises original members guitarist Vinnie LaBella and vocalist Kyle Thomas (vocals), plus with three fresh faces: bassist Jason Viebrooks (Heathen), guitarist Marzi Montazeri (ex-Superjoint Ritual) and drummer Sasha Horn (Forbidden).