Warmachine (1994-present): a Thrash Metal band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
ith their musical style consisting of catchy melodies with aggressive and energetic Thrash rhythms, Warmachine would become viewed as a rebirth of "old school" Metal with a new young face. Started in 1994 by Joe DiTaranto (vocals/guitar), Mike Miolla as the second lead/rhythm guitarist and Neil Tate (drums), the band had had an initial passion to play Metal. From a young age all three members had spent most of their childhood years listening and being exposed to legendary bands such as Queen, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Megadeth and Metallica. Although they had had a hard time finding a good bassist that could keep up to their intense style of playing , Warmachine continued to perform and rehearse as a 3-piece band for their first year as a regular live act playing for free in a biker bar outside of the Toronto area. After several auditions in 1997, they finally found exactly what they were looking for in a bassist when they discovered Andrea Zanini.
This line-up continued strong for almost two years until their drummer decided to leave because of personal reasons. By late 1998, during one of their concerts they discovered Andrew Zenti who was playing in another band at the time. The band auditioned him and found an immediate connection. They have since released Demo-lition, a demo CD that was followed by two self-titled recordings, one in the form of a demo and the second as an EP in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
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In 2003 things were a bit different for the act. Despite their potential, excitement around them has not yet expressed itself outside of Toronto where they still hold a following, especially in the many bars where they have played live with such acts as along side several internationally established acts such as Eidolon, Anvil, Razor, Exciter, Beyond The Embrace, Jag Panzer, Flotsam and Jetsam, Steel Prophet, Macabre, Skinlab, Agent Steel, Seven Witches and Helloween. Now with the line-up of: Joe Di Taranto (lead/rhythm guitars/vocals), John Salerno (lead/rhythm guitars), Alberto Campuzano (bass) and Adam Raymer (drums) they would release the debut album, The Beginning Of The End.
Footnote: I [Diskery Editor: Derek McDonald] had the pleasure of meeting them my first time at the "hard rock" Café downtown Toronto when taking a visit to see a performance by Betrayer (Canada).
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