Warrior Soul

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Warrior Soul
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Warrior Soul
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Heavy metal, alternative metal, hard rock
Years active 1987 - present
Labels Geffen Records
Associated acts Space Age Playboys, Cycle Sluts from Hell, Killing Joke, Dirty Rig
Members Kory Clarke (vocals)
Adam Arling (bass)
Full Throttle (guitar)
Nate Arling (drums)
Past members Pete McClanahan (bass)
John Ricco (guitar)
Paul Ferguson (drums)
Mark Evans (drums)
Alexander "X-Factor" Arundel (guitar)
Chris Moffet (guitar)
Scott "Duboys" Dubuois (drums)
Mike McNamara (bass)
Rille Lundell (guitar)
Rob 'Stevo' Stephenson (drums)
Janne Jarvis (bass)
Johnny H (guitar)
Sue Gere (bass)
Xevi "Strings" Abellán (guitar)
Johan Lindström (drums)
Christian Kimmett (bass)
Hector D (drums)

Warrior Soul is an American alternative metal band formed by lead singer and producer Kory Clarke. Clarke started the band on a bet from a promoter at New York City's Pyramid Club, after a solo performance art show called "Kory Clarke/Warrior Soul". Clarke was determined he would have the best band in the city within six months. Nine months later he signed to Geffen Records, with a multi album deal.

History[edit]

Kory Clarke originally started in the music scene as a drummer for a number of bands, including Detroit punks L-Seven (not to be confused with the all female Los Angeles band, L7) and Pennsylvania Southern rockers Raging Slab, and a Kim Fowley project called "The Trial". After realizing his calling was as a singer and front man, Kory Clarke promoted himself to stage front and founded Warrior Soul.

The band began to play in New York City in 1987, and soon came to the attention of Geffen, who signed the band. Geffen directed Clarke to shed his hired band and get new players. Clarke insisted on keeping Pete McClanahan as his bass player, and recruited guitarist John Ricco and former Killing Joke drummer Paul Ferguson.

In 1990, Warrior Soul released their first album, Last Decade Dead Century. The 11-track studio album received critical acclaim, especially in the U.K., where listeners readily embraced the band's political invective and insurrectionist rantings as the next big thing.

1991 saw Ferguson replaced on drums by Mark Evans,[1] and the band's second album Drugs, God and the New Republic released, which took their anarchist leanings even further. A nationwide support tour with Queensrÿche (with whom they shared management from the Q Prime agency)[2] followed.

The following year saw the release of the band's third album, 1992's Salutations from the Ghetto Nation, and Clarke's relationship with Geffen sour. Clarke's interviews became increasingly bitter, often focusing on the band's record label, whom he accused of ignoring the group's potential.

Eventually, Clarke resorted to an all-out war, telling all who would listen that the band's fourth release, 1993's Chill Pill had been botched on purpose in order to fulfill the band's contract. The ploy seemed to work, and by early 1994 Warrior Soul were dropped by Geffen.

A number of lineup changes ensued. Longtime guitarist John Ricco was ousted, replaced by two guitarists: Alexander Arundel (aka X-Factor aka Gene Poole ) and Chris Moffet (former Cycle Sluts from Hell lead guitarist). Not long after, Mark Evans and Chris Moffet departed. At that time former Nuclear Assault/Cities/Cycle Sluts from Hell drummer Scott Duboys joined the band. The line-up now consisted of Clarke, Arundel, McClanahan and Duboys. Clarke sought to reinvent Warrior Soul as self-appointed cyberpunks for their fifth album, 1995's The Space Age Playboys, released on the independent Futurist label. At this time adding old friend and collaborator, Peter Jay on Rhythm guitar. While touring in support of the album, Warrior Soul headlined the 1995 Kerrang! U.K. tour, as well as performing at the 1995 Dynamo Open Air festival, and also at the 1995 Donnington Monsters of Rock concert.

After the performance of their last live show in September 1995, Arundel, Duboys, and longtime bassist McClanahan quit the band, leading in short order to Clarke's decision to retire the band later that year.

In 1996, Odds & Ends was released as a collection of demos recorded on an eight-track with Arundel, and leftover material that was originally intended for release on Elektra Records.

The "classic" lineup of Clarke, Ricco, McClanahan, and Evans would later reunite in the studio to re-record twelve of the bands' songs, released on Spitfire records as Classics in 2001. All Warrior Soul albums were remastered and re-released on CD and MP3 in 2006 and 2009, including with bonus material (mostly live songs originally released as b-sides). The first three albums were also re-released on vinyl in 2009.

Clarke says many of their songs are politically based, such as "Blown Away", "Superpower Dreamland", "In Conclusion", and "Children of the Winter." [3] Clarke describes the band's sound as "acid punk", particularly their The Space Age Playboys album.

Drummer Mark Evans was murdered in London, UK in 2005.[4][5]

Reformation[edit]

In 2007 Clarke revived the name, and has been recording and touring with an ever-changing cast of musicians under the "Warrior Soul" name ever since.

Initially setting out on a tour of the U.K., a live album soon followed. 2008 saw the band released a new studio album, initially titled Chinese Democracy (as a dig at the long-delayed Guns 'n Roses release) [6], but quickly renamed Destroy the War Machine.

In 2012, another new lineup released the studio album Stiff Middle Finger co-produced by Sue Gere and Kory Clarke, with Lundell still on guitar but joined by "Johnny H" and Xevi "Strings" Abellán, Danny Engstrom and Sue Gere on bass and drums by Freddie Cocker Kvarnebrink. Former band member John Ricco makes a guest appearance on guitar, as does The Mission guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite. The band embarked on a month-long European tour in November 2012, followed by a brief tour through the Eastern United States in December. In 2013 Christian Kimmett joined Warrior Soul on bass followed by Stevie Pearce on guitar a year later. This lineup undertook extensive touring of Europe and the USA over the next three years and released a live album, Tough As Fuck in 2016. 2017 saw the release of a new studio album - Back On The Lash - with yet another new lineup, including the rhythm section from Urge Overkill, Adam & Nate Arling, joined by a guitarist using the name "Full Throttle".

In 2014 Clarke brought out a solo album recorded in Porto, Portugal Payback's A Bitch. Co Producer Andre Indiana and Monica Ferraz on backing vocals make this album very unusual and diverse demonstrating the different sides to Clarke's musical abilities. Rolling Stone Germany gave the album full score.[7]

In addition to his musical output, Kory Clarke is also known for his radical outspoken original paintings.[citation needed] He had an art exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland[citation needed] in 2015 and has 3 more art exhibitions in 2016 in Sweden, USA and Italy.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • (1990) We Cry Out: 1. We Cry Out (LP Version)
  • (1990) The Losers
  • (1991) Hero: 1. Hero (LP version) 2. Twenty Four Hours (previously unreleased) 3. Ghetto Nation (Different from released version)
  • (1991) The Wasteland: 1. The Wasteland (Censored Version) 2. The Wasteland (LP Version)
  • (1992) Ghetto Nation: 1. Ghetto Nation (album version) 2. Intro (live) 3. Love Destruction (live) 4. Blown (live)
  • (1992) Love Destruction
  • (1995) Space Age Singles: 1. The Drug (edit) 2. I Wanna Get Some (edit) 3. The Drug (album version) 4. I Wanna Get Some (album version)

Albums[edit]

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