Thrash steel pioneers EXHORDER recruited former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O’Brien for his or her efficiency Sunday night time (Might 29) on the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, Maryland. The gig passed off three months after guitarist Marzi Montazeri left EXHORDER, explaining on the time in an announcement that he “determined to now not be part of it.”

O’Brien made headlines greater than three years in the past when he was arrested for housebreaking and assaulting a police officer whereas his Florida residence was in flames. On the time of the arrest, deputies stated he burglarized a home and charged at a deputy with a knife.

O’Brien, who was born in Northern Kentucky, allegedly broke right into a Northdale, Florida residence and shouted that “the rapture is coming” earlier than pushing a lady to the bottom. He ran towards a responding deputy with a knife and was subdued with a stun gun.

Lower than half a mile from the place O’Brien was arrested, a hearth broke out on the home he was renting, sending flames billowing into the night time sky from the roof.

The proprietor of the house the place O’Brien was arrested would not go on digital camera however instructed ABC Motion Information he thought the guitarist was hallucinating when he spoke to him and claimed “somebody was after him.” The house owner added O’Brien appeared scared and at one level even hid in his closet.

Hearth marshals discovered a big cache of weapon, locked safes and potential explosive gadgets inside O’Brien‘s residence, together with 50 shotguns, 20 semiautomatic rifles, two Uzi-style firearms, 20 handguns and two flamethrowers. Authorities additionally found hundreds of rounds in addition to further weapons.

O’Brien, who had been a member of CANNIBAL CORPSE for greater than 20 years, was launched from Hillsborough County jail on December 14, 2018 after posting a $50,000 surety bond. A number of days earlier, at a listening to, a decide instructed the now-57-year-old musician, clad in an anti-suicide vest along with his palms and ankles chained collectively, that he would first need to cross a drug take a look at earlier than he can be allowed to submit bail and go away jail.

In March 2021, O’Brien was sentenced to time served and 5 years of probation and ordered to pay $23,793.45 in restitution. He was additionally ordered to get drug and alcohol evaluations and render 150 hours of group service. As well as, O’Brien was ordered to abstain from utilizing alcohol and managed substances and to be topic to random testing.

Throughout an look on a June 2019 episode of “The Jasta Present”, the podcast hosted by HATEBREED‘s Jamey Jasta, CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher expressed his shock over O’Brien‘s arrest, saying: “I do not wanna speculate about what might have occurred that night time, but it surely might have been manner worse — for him.

“When folks have been seeing [TV reports about] it — I believe on the Tampa information, they have been fairly good with him,” he continued. “They simply stated he was the most effective guitar gamers in loss of life steel in America, and on the planet, and he is extremely revered. They usually did not actually trash him in any respect. They usually confirmed him on TV.”

Fisher went on to say that many of the CANNIBAL followers have been very supportive of Pat whereas he was coping with his ordeal. “Within the steel world, I believe normally, 95 p.c [of the people], everybody was, like, ‘Get nicely quickly,'” he instructed “The Jasta Present”. “I did not spend an excessive amount of time studying stuff on-line, as a result of that is whenever you get individuals who simply wanna say nasty stuff simply to be nasty.”

On the time, Fisher stated that he and his bandmates have been wanting ahead to O’Brien‘s return to CANNIBAL CORPSE. “We love him,” he instructed “The Jasta Present”. “We wish him again. However after I noticed him within the court docket with the vest, dude, I cried. As a result of we simply acquired residence from tour… We want the very best for him, and we’re simply ready to see [what happens]. He is acquired a highway forward of him nonetheless with authorized points, and that is out of our palms. We assist him one hundred pc; we’re behind him one hundred pc.”

In early 2021, it was introduced that O’Brien had been changed in CANNIBAL CORPSE by Erik Rutan, one of many loss of life steel’s most acclaimed guitarists who is understood for his time as a part of MORBID ANGEL all through the ’90s and early 2000s, in addition to dealing with vocals/guitars for HATE ETERNAL.

Shortly after the Houston-based Montazeri introduced his departure from EXHORDER, the remaining members of the band — EXHORDER vocalist Kyle Thomas, bassist Jason VieBrooks and drummer Sasha Horn — stated that they and Marzi had been “transferring in several instructions” and guaranteed followers that they’d “proceed to thrive”

Within the Nineteen Nineties, Marzi connected with SUPERJOINT RITUAL, with PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo as lead vocalist, and appeared on the band’s first two demos. By March of 2010, Marzi rejoined forces with Anselmo to work on what grew to become Philip‘s first solo undertaking since PANTERA, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS. Marzi recorded THE ILLEGALS‘ debut album, “Stroll Via Exits Solely”, and toured with the band earlier than exiting the group in November 2015. Two years later, Marzi joined EXHORDER, which launched its first album in 27 years, “Mourn The Southern Skies”, in September 2019 through Nuclear Blast Information.

Thomas is now the only remaining founding member of EXHORDER, which launched its debut album, “Slaughter In The Vatican”, manner again in 1990. In February 2020, EXHORDER parted methods with its unique guitarist Vinnie LaBella, who wrote a lot of the fabric on “Mourn The Southern Skies”. The remaining members of the group later issued an announcement saying that they’d fulfill their “touring and recording obligations for 2020 and past.”

Final December, Thomas confirmed to the “Brutally Scrumptious” podcast that he and his bandmates had spent a lot of the coronavirus downtime engaged on materials for the follow-up to “Mourn The Southern Skies”.

In February 2021, Thomas instructed “The Dan Chan Present” that it wasn’t unusual for him to be the one remaining founding member of EXHORDER. “At this level, I’ve jammed with so many individuals over time — so many alternative lineups for this and that, fill-ins and all these items. To me, it does not actually matter as a lot who’s there, so long as the fabric that is being performed is being performed inside the spirit of that band specifically,” he stated. “And the stuff that we’re writing now, it is superb. I play it for lots of people which are my confidants, folks love the band, and so they’re gonna shoot me straight. And the brand new stuff that we’re engaged on, all people’s, like, ‘Wow. It appears like EXHORDER to me.'”

EXHORDER launched two albums within the early Nineteen Nineties by means of the Roadrunner label — the aforementioned “Slaughter In The Vatican” and 1992’s “The Regulation” — earlier than breaking apart, with Kyle occurring to type FLOODGATE and likewise briefly showing dwell because the vocalist for TROUBLE, which he later joined on a full-time foundation (and remains to be a member of).

EXHORDER, which is cited by many because the originator of the riff-heavy power-groove strategy popularized by PANTERA, accomplished a U.S. headlining tour in late 2021 throughout which it carried out “Slaughter In The Vatican” in its entirety.

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