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Warrior (1982-1986, 1989-present): a Heavy Metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.
n 1984 Warrior was started by Parramore McCarty (vocals), Tommy Asakawa (guitar), Joe Floyd (guitar), Bruce Turgon (ex-Black Sheep; bass) and Tommy Volpe (drums) who managed to luck out in the name department when their name failed to conflict with the UK group of the same name who had recently demised and left it vacant again. This incarnation of the Warrior name was a stereotypical heavy metal band complete with armor clad bombast and cliched lyrics, much like their soon-to-be label mates Manowar. Signing to the 'Virgin' subsidiary '10' on the strength of their demo tape, Demo 1984 (1984), Warrior finally debuted in 1985 with Fighting for the Earth ('MCA' - later re-issued by 'Metal Blade'), an album that was considered a cult classic by fans but was universally, and many argue fairly, blasted by the media who dismissed them as chainmailed hacks even though they received heavy airplay, in some areas being compared to Florida's Savatage. The act even managed to get an opening slot on the west coast leg of Iron Maiden's World Slavery Tour. The title-track appeared on the Kerrang! Compilation shortly later, but the band soon after fell victim to a changing music industry, especially MTV's anti-heavy metal stance, so they split in 1986. McCarty went on to play with Steve Steven's Atomic Playboys, while Turgon rejoined old buddy Lou Gramm in Shadow King, and Joe Floyd opened his Silver Cloud studio. The studio would be made famous by its work on acts like Rob Halford's return Resurrection, and Bruce Dickinson's Accident At Birth and The Chemical Wedding.
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In 1998 the group would reform with Floyd and McCarty at the helm to recruit Sam (bass), Dave Ducey and Mick Perez guitar/keyboards,to release Ancient Future (1998), an album that didn't miss a beat over all the years to follow-up with it's much older brother. Simon Oliver would then take over bass, and Rob Rock (ex-Impellitteri) took over vocals for the 2001 follow-up The Code Of Life. Marc Storace (of Krokus) then took over vocals for the release of their 2006 follow-up The Wars of Gods and Men.
In 2008, Floyd once again reunited with original vocalist Parramore McCarty who brought along San Diego guitarist AC Alexander, with Farr and DuCey remaining on board on bass and drums, respectively.
The band recorded a cover of Neon Knights for the 2010 Neon Knights - A Tribute to Black Sabbath release by 'Reality Entertainment', before parting ways with McCarty once again; Sean Peck would take over.
Footnote: Do not confuse this Warrior with an earlier British act, or a 1991 incarnation that released the album Let Battle Commence.
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