Thursday night was one of the most eventful nights in Hollywood in recent memory. Between the premiere for the new Star Wars movie “Rogue One”, and the show by thrash metal titans Metallica at the Fonda Theater, excitement and anticipation were in the air for movie geeks, sci fi fans, and metalheads. So it is a surprise that possibly the most concentrated energy and excitement levels were found at the Whisky A Go Go of all places. That’s where thrash metal band Warbringer played a relentless set that generated a mosh pit that engulfed almost the entire wood floor of the iconic venue.


After openers Ophiuchus, Absorb, Slaughter Path, Momentum, and Halfbreed slowly, yet steadily upped the energy in the gradually crowding venue, Fueled By Fire took the stage and primed the crowd for their brothers Warbringer. It was familiar territory for both since each of the L.A. bands played their first Whisky shows 10 years ago.
Warbringer has been through some ups and downs due to its share of lineup changes. At one point, front man John Kevill questioned whether to even continue the band. Judging by the full throttle display of thrash they exhibited on Thursday, it’s a good thing he did. As they stormed onto the stage with ‘Horizon’, the energy reached its crescendo and everybody who braved the strong rain to trek to the crowded Sunset Strip was glad they made the trip. This didn’t let up as the band debuted two new songs, ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘Remain Violent’, from their upcoming album “Woe To The Vanquished”.
They didn’t let up as they shredded and growled through fan favorites like ‘Hunter Seeker’ and ‘Living Weapon’. The night capped as Kevill couldn’t resist any longer and stage dived into the crowd where he was gladly caught and lowered by the fans who almost contributed as much to the show as the band itself. What was especially exciting was not only the relative youth on stage but also the almost unanimity of youth in the crowd. A great sign for the future generation of metal fans and for the genre itself.