L-R - Phillip Funderburk - Bass, David Nisoff - Guitar, Bobby Demoss - Vocals, Hunter Crews - Drums, Ben Kaiser - Guitar | Photo Credit - Matthew Wonderly
WoR, groove metal hailing from Raleigh, USA have a new single out “VI Kings”, from their debut album “Prisoners”, which will be released August 7, 2020.
WoR has been working on this first offering over the course of the last few years, in which they have seen all the members of the band improving drastically at their respective instruments and songwriting capabilities. Their experience of togetherness on every artistic level has allowed them to write technically and musically more complex new material. The band share’s their thoughts on how their debut will be received:
“We are positive that our first album will be received well by fans. Every song is unique with regard to its sound and arrangement. Some songs are straight-up brutal while others present with an extreme sense of groove or even melody. There is furthermore a lot of raw emotion and anger that is captured very well on our record. For this reason, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy.”
What starts with a riff evolves into an amalgamation of elements from various different subgenres of metal, leading to an array of very unique sounds, and the single “VI Kings” is no exception. Opens with dual guitar harmonies that build up into one of the catchier choruses in any WoR song. Tied together in the middle with a melodic solo, VI Kings ends on a straight forward but equally brutal breakdown.
Groovy, raw, and old school, WoR is suitable for all fans of metal especially those with an interest in Machine Head, Sepultura and Gojira. Watch “VI Kings” (Official Video):
Also @ Facebook or IGTV. “Prisoners” will be available on August 7th, 2020. Singles "VI Kings" and "Predators" are available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play. Music Video “Predator” (Official Video):
Track Listing: 1. Kill You (2:44) 2. Caged (5:13) 3. VI Kings (4:37) 4. Sirens (4:20) 5. A Place To Die (3:07) 6. Predator (3:46) 7. T.G.S.O.A.T (1:35) 8. Come Out and Play (3:12) 9. Hiraeth (4:36) 10. Freedom Suicide (3:57) Album Length: 37:12
Album Credits: • All songs performed by: WoR • All songs written by: WoR • Produced by: Joe Alonzo Potts • Mixed by: Shaun Singerling • Mastered by: Shaun Singerling • Album Artwork by: Mark De Gruchy and Dan Gore • Member BMI
Album and Live Band Line Up: Bobby Demoss – Vocals Ben Kaiser – Guitar David Nisoff – Guitar Phillip Funderburk – Guitar Hunter Crews – Drums
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.
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 2021, 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.