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Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal Metal/Punk: 80's Metal Moods: Mood: Upbeat

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United States - New Jersey

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Attacker

1983 - Band forms as Warloc by guitarists Pat Marinelli and Dominic Spina along with drummer Mike Sabatini. They are soon joined by Bob Mitchell on vocals and John Joseph on bass. The group starts out playing covers with an original song or two thrown in for good measure. Dominic Spina leaves a few months later and is replaced by Jim Mooney.

1984 - The band changes its name to Attacker and records its first demo. The demo garners rave reviews from fanzines and magazines around the world. These reviews lead to a spot on the Metal Blade Records compilation album "Metal Massacre 5". Attacker then parts company with bassist John Joseph. Jimmy Schulman replaces him. The group, having been offered a full record deal on the strength of the Metal Massacre reviews, enters the studio and records their debut album, "Battle at Helm's Deep". Not happy with Schulman's bass tracks, he is let go and replaced by Lou Ciarlo from Hades. Bass tracks are re-recorded for the album.

1985 - "Battle at Helm's Deep" is released to favorable reviews. Attacker, in their infinite wisdom, decide that Metal Blade has not done enough for the band and turn down an offer to do a second record for Metal Blade. In hindsight, the band views this as a major lapse in judgement as it hindered their progress in the long run.

1986 - "Best of Metal Blade Vol. 1" is released with the Attacker song "Disciple". This song was later removed after the group ceased working with Metal Blade. Bob Mitchell, no longer in the band due to personal and musical differences, is replaced by John Leone on vocals. In need of a record deal, Attacker records its second demo. This demo gets them a spot on the "L'Amour Rocks" compilation album on Mercenary Records. The album is named after the legendary rock club in Brooklyn, NY. Before its release, Jim Mooney leaves the band and is replaced by Tom D'Amico.

1987 - "L'Amour Rocks" is released. As with their first compilation experience, Attacker are once again offered a full album deal, this time with New York's Mercenary Records. The band records their new album, "The Second Coming" with noted metal producer Alex Peralais at Pyramid Sound in Ithaca, NY.

1988 - "The Second Coming" is released. The album is hailed as Attacker's best work to date, but lack of label support, proper distribution and a changing music scene (thrash was all the rage) sends the band in a downward spiral.

1989 - Attacker calls it quits. The band is over.

1994 - The metal world loses a great vocalist: former Attacker vocalist John Leone passes away.

1999 - The group's two albums, "Battle at Helm's Deep" and "The Second Coming" are re-released on Sentinel Steel Records, featuring bonus demo and unreleased tracks as well as a history booklet with photos and more.

2000 - Another loss in the Attacker family: former guitarist Jim Mooney passes away, leaving the remaining members with no choice but to write and record a third album to be dedicated to Jim and, of course, John Leone.

2001 - Writing and rehearsing begins, along with the search for a new singer. Bob Mitchell is not involved due to personal differences with the band. Mike Benetatos is added as a second guitarist. The group moves forward on a limited basis due to the band members' various other commitments.

2002 - Still no singer, but a complete album's worth of material is written with more coming a little at a time. Attacker continues to forge ahead. Felix Torres replaces Lou Ciarlo on bass due to Lou's busy schedule.

2003 - Bob Mitchell rejoins the ranks. The band goes into the studio and records Attacker's third release, "Soul Taker" slated for a January 2004 release.

2004 - "Soul Taker" is released on Germany's Iron Glory Records in late January. In April, Attacker plays its first ever show on European soil, the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Koenigshofen, Germany. The band also performed at Chicago's Classic Metal Fest and New Jersey's March Metal Meltdown festival. They return in October to Europe, but this time to the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival in Hoorn, Holland. A great comeback year for the band.

2005 - Writing for the 4th album commences while making appearances at the Milwaukee Metal Fest, Classic Metal Fest once again and finally a return to Germany for the Headbangers Open Air and the Thrash 'Til Death fest, highlight the year. Upon returning from Europe, Lou Ciarlo rejoins the band on bass replacing Felix Torres. Recording of "The Unknown" album is wrapped up in the fall and ready for a 2006 release date.

2006 - "The Unknown" is released in April on Sentinel Steel Records, followed by a killer CD release show with some help from the band's friends in Hallows Eve, Icarus Witch and Ravensthorn, who all came in just for this show. September saw Attacker undertake a small but amazing 4 country tour with stops in Greece, Italy, Holland with their friends Vortex, and Germany for the Swordbrothers Festival.

2007 - A best of CD entitled "Standing the Test of Time" is released on Chavis Records as the band takes much of the year off, regrouping for 2008.

2008 - In April Attacker returns to Keep It True for the second time in celebration of the 10th edition of the fest and perform the entire "Battle at Helm's Deep" album to a sold out audience. Especially for this occasion the band releases a limited to 100 copies single "Condemned", which gets sold out at the festival. Immediately after the show, Bob Mitchell is let go due to many differences. Attacker then recruited a young talented vocalist by the name of Walter Figueroa, but the partnership lasted only one show and signaled a long period of down time for the band.

2009 to 2011 - The band is pretty much on hiatus. Things are going very slow as the search for the new vocalist continues. Anthony Cross (Fischel's Beast) joined the band for a few rehearsals, but the co-operation was short-lived.
2 more losses to the Attacker family: the band's 1st bassist John Joseph passed away and the news came that "Second Coming" guitarist Tom D'Amico had passed away back in 2001 unbeknownst to the band.

2012 - At the urging of a close friend, Attacker begins to reform in early March. New vocalist Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas (Overlorde, Morbid Sin, ex-Seven Witches) joined the fold shortly after. Lou Ciarlo decides to leave the band to pursue other musical avenues and is replaced by Jon Hanemann. Writing for the next album begins and continues up until recording sessions in early September. The album is mastered by the renown engineer Alan Douches at West West Side Music. Meanwhile the band is contacted by Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi (who is also the artist that painted the covers for their last 2 releases) and soon a record deal with her label Metal On Metal Records is signed. The album entitled "Giants of Canaan" is scheduled for February 2013 release and contains pure classic heavy/power metal Attacker has been known for since years.

2013 - "Giants of Canaan" is released through Metal On Metal Records on February 2nd, which coincides with Attacker's appearance at the Metal Assault III festival in Germany (with Manilla Road, Brocas Helm, Raven, Skelator, Jutta Weinhold Band and others), followed by the headlining show at the Screaming for Metal festival in Madrid, Spain the next night. The band has more shows in the plans, including Childhood Heroes festival in March in New York (with Heretic, Helstar, Viking and Wrath), Warriors of Metal VI festival in June in Ohio (with Meliah Rage, Flotsam and Jetsam, Steel Assassin, Twisted Tower Dire and many others), as well as another return to Europe in September for Ages of Metal festival in Belgium (with Manilla Road, Diamond Head, Tygers of Pan Tang, Spartan Warrior and others t.b.a.).