Montreal, QC – September 26, 2022
WOR Announces American Invasion Tour
w/ Hemlock, Summoner’s Circle, Casket Robbery, Scars Of Atrophy, Fused By Defiance, Squidhammer
L-R – Dylan Jenkins – Drums, David Nisoff – Guitar, Phillip Funderburk – Bass, Bobby Demoss – Vocals, Ben Kaiser – Guitar
North Carolina, USA groove metal warriors WoR announce they will be hitting the road for the American Invasion Tour w/ Hemlock, Summoner’s Circle, Casket Robbery, Scars Of Atrophy, Fused By Defiance, and Squidhammer. The tour kicks off in Nashville, TN on September 25th and will see the band trek across 18 US states until ending it in Richmond, VA on November 11th. The supporting bands will be playing on selected dates listed below.
“We are extremely excited to be heading out on the American Invasion tour, a six week trek across the United States with some amazing bands! We’ve got a couple surprises in the set including playing some brand new songs from our upcoming second album!” adds guitarist Ben Kaiser
WoR will also be on tour supporting their latest album “Prisoners” released during August 2020 via Bungalo Records/Universal. Throwing in elements of thrash, metalcore, and even hardcore punk, everyone in WoR has taken a different musical path and the variety of influences shows through in the unique and original sound on their debut release “Prisoners”, which is an extremely energetic journey from start to finish.
“From front to back, this album is meant to take you on a heavy metal journey. It features groovy tracks such as Predator, brutal songs such as Caged, and melodic anthems such as VI Kings. While the songs are groovy and meant to give your neck whiplash, the lyrics are deep and thought out. The messages behind these songs are ones of resilience and overcoming. If you enjoy heavy riffs, melodic overtones, and just straight-up angry and in-your-face METAL, this album is for you!” adds the band.
Groovy, raw, and old school, WoR is suitable for all fans of metal especially those with an interest in Machine Head, Sepultura, and Gojira.
VI Kings – YouTube
Predator – YouTube
Caged – YouTube
Come and Out Play (The Offspring Cover) YouTube
American Invasion Tour
w/ WoR, Hemlock, Summoner’s Circle, Casket Robbery, Scars Of Atrophy, Fused By Defiance, Squidhammer
9.25 – Nashville, TN @ The End #
9.26 – Knoxville, TN @ Brickyard Bar #
9.27 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
9.28 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero #
9.30 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits*
10.1 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Warrior On The River*
10.2 – Crestview, FL @ Jimmy’s Jukebox #
10.3 – Metairie, LA @ The Twist Of Lime #
10.7 – Lawton, OK @ The Railhead Saloon*
10.10 – Haltom City, TX @ Haltom Theater $
10.12 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s $
10.13 – Houston, TX @ Acadia Bar & Grill $
10.15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 508*
10.16 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theater &
10.17 – Spring Valley, CA @ Bancroft Bar & +
10.18 – Anaheim, CA @ Doll Hut & +
10.22 – Lynnwood, WA @ The Vessel Taphouse +
10.26 – Denver, CO @ Your Mom’s House +
10.30 – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music =
10.31 – Lombard, IL @ Brauer House =
11.1 – New Haven, IN @ Carl’s Tavern =
11.2 – Maple Heights, OH @ Maple Grove Tavern =
11.3 – Turtle Creek, PA @ Sub Alpine Society =
11.4 – Winchester, VA @ The Monument =
11.5 – Richmond, VA @ Another Round Bar & Grill =
* – WoR Only
# – Hemlock (9.25 – 10.3)
$ – Summoner’s Circle (10.10 – 10.13)
% – Casket Robbery (10.10 – 10.13)
& – Scars Of Atrophy (10.16 – 10.18)
+ – Fused By Defiance (10.17 – 10.26)
= – Squidhammer (10.30 – 11.5)
WoR is a groove metal quintet from Raleigh, North Carolina. Their music combines aggressive riffs, harmonic leads, and tasteful breakdowns with the infectious anti-authoritarian lyrics of vocalist Bobby DeMoss.
WoR was founded in 2018 by guitarist Ben Kaiser who at the time was finishing up his college football career playing offensive line at NC State. The band was initially an escape from the rigors of the sport, and at the end of his career, he decided to give the band a legitimate go.
After cycling through a variety of members early on, WoR was joined by Bobby Demoss, the charismatic frontman who has the ability to draw in even the toughest crowd; his unique screaming style and passionate lyrics helped shape WoR’s groundbreaking identity from the get-go. In 2019, Phil Funderburk, the glue who keeps the band and the music together, joined on bass; David Nisoff, in charge of mind-blowing solos that capture everyone’s attention, joined as the second guitarist, and Hunter Crews, a consistent timekeeper and a seasoned veteran in the music business solidified the lineup as the bands’ drummer, who is now replaced by Dylan Jenkins.
By the spring of 2019, WoR had begun to debut their music at live shows throughout the southeast region of the United States and played with the likes of Upon A Burning Body, Atilla, and Warbringer just to name a few.
Working collaboratively, WoR’s music focuses on various different current events using powerful lyrics to offer a unique insight into the things going on in our lives and in the world. After working closely with producer Joe Alonzo Potts and audio engineer Shaun Singerling, they plan to release their debut album “Prisoners” on August 7th, 2020, which features brutal tracks such as ‘Caged’ and ‘Predator’ in addition to melodic anthems such as ‘VI King’s.
In 2020 and 2022, WoR has extensive tours scheduled to support the release of their debut album “Prisoners”. WoR’s live shows are extremely energetic with fan involvement being a common theme. Demoss does a phenomenal job of breaking down the fourth wall and getting the crowd involved at their shows making way for insane mosh pits. It is the band’s credo that they give it their all for whatever time they are on stage whether they are playing to 2,000 people or 200 people.
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“It’s hard to find a band that comes as strong out of the gate with a debut album like WoR. It’s actually a very short list of bands that are sheer power right from the get go. The debut album from WoR, entitled Prisoners, was released earlier in August and honestly deserves as much attention as it can get.” – Metal Injection
“a highly impressive slice of groove metal that will most definitely appeal to fans of Lamb Of God, Pantera and MachineHead. Hailing from the febrile breeding ground of North Carolina, WoR lay it down with intent on ‘Predator’, stalking the deepest reaches of your aural cortexes with the declarative lead single from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Prisoners’: on the evidence of this, they won’t be taking any when it impacts on 7 August.” – Uber Rock
“The songs pack a nasty punch, leaving your body bruised and your nose bloodied. Chuggy riffs, ferocious vocals and some nods to thrash metal propel this album to excellence.” – Abrasive Noise
“Right off the bat, this band doesn’t mess around and you know what you get from the opening aggression of “Kill You”… Demoss sounds like good mix of metalcore growls like LAMB OF GOD’s RANDY BLYTHE to even some black metal-like screams at times. Their sparing use of dual guitar leadwork – mostly for atmosphere and melody and less for flashy solos – is always welcome from the SLAYER inspired slow, creepy guitar melodies in “VI Kings” and “Caged” to the aptly sounding 80s-ish squawking of “Sirens”. For a debut, it’s really impressive and I feel genuinely bad that they aren’t able to tour and get their music out more efficiently.” – Metal Temple
“…chunky riffs always have a place if they are handled as well as WoR does it. They work their way through anthemic tunes with heavy subject matters, like “Freedom Suicide” and “Sirens,” with the latter bluntly calling out police brutality.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“Thrashy hardcore pushing into some good grooves cool stuff.” – WORT 89.9FM – The Moshpit (Madison, WI)
“Their music combines aggressive riffs, harmonic leads, and tasteful breakdowns with the infectious anti-authoritarian lyrics of vocalist Bobby DeMoss.” – Antichrist Magazine
“Raleigh North Carolina Groove Metal is what “Prisoners” is all about with the raw drum sound during “Kill You” adding an air of “New American Gospel” era Lamb Of God. Crews has the time keeping if the metronomic Chris Adler down to a fine art and his rapid fire, power house performance on this cut gives the Pantera groove riffs and Southern Hostility style breakdowns the underpinning that they need. “Caged” is the longest cut on the album at just over five minutes but is no less ferocious, with DeMoss being a vocal force to be reckoned with, the roars of “don’t waste my time on idol ideas” cutting even the broadest shouldered lumberjack down to size.” – Metal Noise
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