Formed in 1986, EXHORDER’s thirty-five-year long (and counting) journey has proven exciting, yet tumultuous, fraught with euphoric peaks and crippling valleys throughout its existence. The band recorded their controversial classic demo, Slaughter In The Vatican, in 1987 and from there, the international attention the band drew via the world of underground tape-trading was indisputable. As fate would have it however, the band broke up for the first time in early 1988 due to internal struggles. A reformation ensued later that year and EXHORDER set out once again to pursue its vision.
The band soon signed with Mean Machine Records but the label dissolved before the band’s debut could be completed. The contract was subsequently purchased by R/C Records, a subsidiary of Roadracer/Roadrunner Records in the United States. With a small recording budget and repair to previous sessions, Slaughter In The Vatican was completed and released with the assistance of legendary producer Scott Burns in 1990, nearly five years after much of the material was written.
Following a series of lineup shifts, a second full-length, and multiple hiatuses, the band finally relaunched itself in 2017. Legends grow over time, and new generations emerge to keep them alive. With the demand of EXHORDER at an all-time high, the band set out once again to finish the job they had not yet completed. EXHORDER played a series of club shows and festivals to immense interest. A deal with the Nuclear Blast label was quickly inked and in 2019 the band released Mourn The Southern Skies. Rave reviews from critics and fans saw the band’s popularity increase yet again, and the band set out on the road to packed venues and large festivals.
In March of 2020, a direct support tour slot in front of Overkill allowed the band to showcase themeselves at the level they had always strived to reach. Live reviews of the tour and audience reaction proved that the hunger for this band by the public continues to grow.
Slaughter In The Vatican, which was recently inducted into Decibel Magazine’s coveted Hall Of Fame series and re-released on vinyl, remains a crucial release in the annals of metal. Decibel hailed the band’s “precision groove and whip-smart thrash,” Invisible Oranges lauded a, “groundbreaking and incredibly heavy slab of groove-infused thrash and speed metal,” Sputnik Music commended, “an album which helped to kick-start the groove metal revolution, while staying true to its thrash roots,” while AllMusic observed the album’s, "death metal-style double kick drums, chugging guitar riffs played at both slow and blistering tempos, and…the gruff but very expressive lead vocals of frontman Kyle Thomas," After seventeen months of a halt in touring due to the pandemic, EXHORDER put on a legendary performance of Slaughter In The Vatican in its entirety at Psycho Las Vegas 2021 and are fully ready to return to the stage with the record that started it all.
Kyle Thomas – vocals
Marzi Montazeri – guitars
Jason Viebrooks – bass
Sasha Horn – drums
Continental Touring (Daniel DeFonce)
decibel Touring (Volkmar Udri)
”There was a time when the only things most metal fans knew about EXHORDER were that they sounded like, you know, that other band, and that they wrote bad things about the Pope. Roughly 53 minutes after you press play on "Mourn the Southern Skies", the most important thing to know about EXHORDER is that they've just made one of the finest metal records of 2019.“
-Dom Lawson, Blabbermouth 9/10 rating
”Marinated in two and a half decades of quashed dreams and frustration, the urgency here is through the roof, and the underlying energy has fermented to whole new levels of nastiness.“
-Sam Law, Kerrang! 4/5 rating
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)
Scottish Albums (OCC)
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)
"Despite the recent setback, Montazeri toughed things out and shredded on stage, never missing a beat to songs like “Unforgiven” and the classic “Slaughter in the Vatican”. Sporting a shirt that made me laugh more than it should have (“I Shaved My Balls For This”), bassist Jason Viebrooks strummed away onstage while drummer Sasha Horn played with such fierce intensity as Exhorder closed out their set with the song “Desecrator” off the 1990 album Slaughter in the Vatican, a giant circle pit slowly engulfing the floor of the venue.“
-Tammy Greene, The Greene Room Magazine
"Kyle is exactly the kind of manic frontman that makes “Slaughter in the Vatican” sound exactly like a natural for the band. Each member gave his all, and I didn’t feel the band was in any way lacking, so great job guys!”
-Brent Michael, rockatnight.com
Kyle Thomas - Vocals (Original member, Trouble, formerly of Floodgate, Alabama Thunderpussy, Heavy As Texas)
Marzi Montazeri - Guitar (ex-Superjoint Ritual, ex-Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Heavy As Texas)
Jason VieBrooks - Bass (Member of 2011 Reunion, Heathen, Grip Inc.)
Sasha Horn - Drums (Forbidden)
Photo by Stephanie Cabral