Posted on: July 3, 2012 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Illinois-based Vikings thrashers THE HORDE have officially signed with Abyss Records for the follow-up for the release to 2011’s Thy Blackened Reign. Guitarist Tim Matthews comments,

“The HORDE are thrilled to have signed with ABYSS Records.  This is a match made in Valhalla as they will suit up in their armor and go to war with us as we ride into the flames of battle!
We are currently working on our third album, which has the working title Destroyer… Slayer of Men.  Some song titles are “Pray Hater”, “10,000 Strong” and “Firevurm”.  Will be entering Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL at some point this winter to record with Scott Creekmore.”

THE HORDE is slated to appear at Spring Bash IV in April of 2013 in Milwaukee, WI alongside DECEASED, MORTA SKULD and other acts TBA. More US festival appearances for 2013 are in the works. The band’s Abyss Records debut is scheduled for a fall 2013 release on CD and vinyl formats.  For more on THE HORDE, visit


Earlier this year, the band released a video for the song “Odin’s Blood” off ofThy Blackened Reign. Check out the video at this location.


The HORDE Odin's Blood
The HORDE Odin’s Blood
Praise for THE HORDE:

“Next time someone asks me how I like my metal I will reply, ‘I like it THE HORDE style.-Deaf Sparrow

“I gazed upon these warriors of steel for the first time at Central Illinois Metalfest 2010 and right away, I knew I’d found a band after my own heart.”
-Dr. Abner Mality, Wormwood Chronicles

“Moreover, the foursome have a real grasp on old school power metal values, spicing them up with the odd tincture of thrash and doom.”
-Malcom Dome, Metal Hammer Magazine


“Bands like this are why I do this site. From the first note, it’s obvious they’re in it for the right reasons.” -Cosmo Lee, Invisible Oranges  


Unleashed in 2008, From Empire to Ashes consisted of six epic, metal classics that took the listener on a journey into dark forbidden realms and all the way to the hallowed gates of Valhalla. Songs of bravery in battle, demonic warriors, clan warfare, and bewitchment that would inspire any true warrior on the fields of battle. As the band themselves proudly proclaim, “worship the glory of death!” This is real metal, played by real men of metal, for real fans of metal. That tradition continues on the band’s fire-branded second release Thy Blackened Reign.

Members of THE HORDE have been playing together in one form or another for the

better part of two decades, having played in past regional bands from the area. With marked influence from their prior groups, THE HORDE brings the perfect mix of headbanging mosh pit chaos, epic Sword & Sorcerer monster battles, and just the slightest touch of stoner doomage.

THE HORDE has shared the stage with the likes of Exodus, 3 Inches of Blood, Job For a Cowboy, Black Dahlia Murder, Soilent Green, Skeletonwitch, The Red Chord and many others…  THE HORDE draws influence from the likes of Venom, Celtic Frost, Metallica, Destruction, Kreator, Motorhead, Slayer, Cro-Mags, and Iron Maiden. In September 2011, the band released Thy Blackened Reign via Stormspell Records to critical acclaim. In the summer of 2012, THE HORDE took the next step towards world domination by joining forces with Abyss Records. Prepare for the HORDE to take a seat amongst the skulled thrones of previous metal masters and stand proud alongside their brothers in arms…

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