“We’re four musicians who enjoy working together. We’ve quickly become this well-oiled machine; this new musical weapon.” - Freddy Ordine
Introducing Weapons of Anew (WoA), four veteran rockers not afraid to sonically paint outside the lines; who refuse to be “boxed in” or fall under any categorizations. Their brash, bold sound is colorful, layered and textured; a testament to each member’s vast musical background with a strong nod to the new.
“It’s where we have always been headed,” says guitarist and songwriter Freddy Ordine. “It is the next chapter in our [storied lives].”
Weapons of Anew gives Ordine and his bandmates the opportunity to expand and expound upon their musical vocabularies. Whereas Ordine’s past pursuits focused on his love of old school thrash, this band’s lush, layered songs go beyond hard rock and metal, delving into such sounds and styles as progressive and R&B.
“I wanted to concentrate on hooks. I want to experiment with harmonies and melodies. I want to play music that comes naturally to each of us in this band. I want to write, work on songs with this band and then immediately record. I want to capture that spontaneity; that raw vibe; that fresh energy.”
Although Ordine enjoyed success with both Axiom and HavocHate, he always felt there were different styles and colors he wanted to explore. As HavocHate’s leader, the gifted musician helped create two memorable albums (2003’s This Violent Earth (Root of All Evil) and 2005’s Cycle of Pain (Indecent). With Internal issues and lineup changes, however, the band grinded to a halt. Although it gave Ordine the chance to “step back” and focus on his growing family, he refused to give into his frustration. He had more to say as an artist. All he needed were proper foils; his ideal partners in musical crime.
“I reached out to Reno, who I’ve known since 2005 when he was HavocHate’s touring bassist,” the guitarist continues. “I always wanted to write with him, but we never had the opportunity. Reno has a unique approach to his instrument. The way he stacks parts on top of mine and creates layers is simply amazing to watch.”
“Chris Manfre is a drummer that has all the elements a great rock drummer should have: energy, drive and hard hitting, I knew the second I saw him play that he was special and meant for this project.”
The final piece if the musical puzzle: Ray West, the raspy, raw, “melodic, soulful and psychotic” vocalist best known for his work with MCA recording artists Spread Eagle.
“It was serendipitous,” says West of his immediate connection with Ordine. “Sometimes, you meet a person and it instantly comes together.”
“In addition to his amazing, versatile voice, [West] immediately added another dimension to what this band is creating,” adds Ordine. “He is a born frontman with amazing presence, but he doesn’t have a rockstar ego. He is an amazing songwriter and lyricist. He helps bring this music to life.”
“The first time we spoke on the phone, it was like we had known each other for years. As soon as we got together [to jam] there were fireworks.”
Lyrically, Weapons of Anew’s music is both a visceral and abstract view of West’s surroundings.
“Sometimes, I am a reporter,” he explains. “Other times, I write about what is going on in my life. It can be very introspective, whether it’s about a breakup I went through or my view of a social situation. ‘Kill Shot,’ for instance, is about the collision of love and hate. You find yourself at the end of your rope. You wish the misery would just end.”
Produced by Ordine at his home studio, Weapons of Anew’s debut is rare in this era of pro-tools-, over-dubbed- and auto-tune-embellished recordings. Their music is organic, and listeners will be able to hear and witness just how pure this band’s music is when the band releases it's debut material in 2017. In addition to stellar musicianship, the band has a distinct “live” advantage with a veteran frontman.
“We are chomping at the bit, jumping out of our skin to get going,” says West. “We can’t wait to introduce ourselves to the world.”