And so it was in the 70's that the melodic metal roots of Warbride were formed. As the 70's turned into the 80's, metal gained in popularity. As the 80's progressed, guitarist Lori Linstruth had begun recording a solo demo project, which she entitled Warbride. Armed with this demo, exposure in Mike Varney's Spotlight column and a desire to see her solo project expand into a complete all female band, Lori moved from Santa Barbara to the then metal mecca of LA.
After Lori's brief stint in Jaded Lady, the first link in the Warbride chain was forged when keyboardist Velia T. Garay responded to her ad in a music paper. Following the recruitment of a bassist and vocalist along with temporary assistance from a variety of male drummers, the fledgling Warbride found drummer Sandy Sledge (previously of Rude Girl w/ Leather Leone of Chastain fame), who joined the band fresh from dominating PIT.With Warbride now complete as an all female heavy metal band, live dates began and demo work continued. Through those dates and demo tapes along with high praise in the underground metal press, Warbride built a loyal following of those seeking serious melody and depth to their metal.
Impressing fans, fellow metal musicians and press alike, Warbride seemed headed for greatness. But for various reasons,a series of lineup changes began. With a new rhythm section and Susie Shubert (then Lee) at the front (her still melodic, but heavier vocals and dynamic presence bringing even more power to such already immense epics as "Slaves" and "Nevermore"), Warbride continued their melodic metal crusade, carrying their musical message to outlying California cities as well. The live shows continued to amaze audiences, but a record contract remained elusive.
Yet another lineup change saw Susie leave the vocalist position. In early 1990 the band met Randee Robbin a heavy metal vocalist who had recently arrived in Los Angeles from Ohio .She had been singer/ songwriter for Ohio based heavy Metal band Red Hott for 4 years and after getting a lot of airplay on Z-Roc and KNAC radios decided to come to L.A.. They replaced Susie with Randee and recorded "Rulers of the Night" at SilverCloud Studios in North Hollywood California,with Randee adding a new energy to the track. This is the track which is currently on the Warbride Demo Collection.After over a year of recording and rehearsing this lineup of members decided that they did not agree on the future direction of the sound.
Velia Garay, Randee Robbins and Michelle Gignac stayed together and added Dina Irony on bass and Sheila Gonzalez on guitar and formed the band Sister Strange. After a year of playing clubs throughout Hollywood including the Troubador, The Whiskey, and Gazarris' , this incarnation of the band also found that their interests were going in different directions and split up. Warbride lay in silence for over a decade. Then Lori (who now resides in Sweden) was touched once again by the inspiration of the melodic metal muses, and began playing guitar again. Invigorated by the positive response to her work on the Guitar War site and the supportive musical community there, she began to dream of the resurrection of Warbride.
Meanwhile, across the sea, thousands of miles away in the States, Susie was checking to see what memories of Warbride could be found on the Net. This quest brought her into contact with Lori. Thus the reunion of two Warbride members was realized. Now once more Lori's melodic and heartfelt guitar work entwines itself with Susie's clear and powerful vocals as the two join forces again.
Warbride is currently recording their long overdue full length CD - this time independently and on their own terms. The classic songs and sound of the past are alive once more, now even heavier and more symphonic. Members: Susie Shubert - Vocals Lori Linstruth - Guitar Janna James - Bass Velia Garay - Keyboards Sandy Sledge - Drums Former/past members: Nancy H aka Raeanna de Huffe - Vocalist Suzanne Hearts - Vocalist Randee Robbins - Vocalist Kim Smith - Bass Michelle Pickering - Drums Samantha Taylor - Guitar Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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