Weapons of Anew
Weapons of Anew is the dynamic new band led by former Axiom and HavocHate guitarist Freddy Ordine, and former Spread Eagle vocalist Ray West – a born front-man whose confidence and command of the stage has attracted a growing fan base through the new band’s heavy tour schedule. Along with, Stefan “Reno” Cutrupi (Bass), Chris Manfre (Drums), and Kris Norris (Guitar), the band released their debut album, ‘The Collision of Love and Hate,’ on September 15th, 2017 via OK!Good Records.
“As we started writing for this new band I didn’t want to write another HavocHate record. Granted, I’m very proud of both those records, but I felt I had more to say and it didn’t have to be all about heavy. It could have awesome melodies and groove and still smack you in the face, but in a different way.” – Freddy Ordine
Weapons of Anew gives Ordine and his band mates 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.
From the album’s first track and lead single, “Killshot” to the closing track and the potential radio hit, “Undone,” Weapons of Anew never relent. They are not afraid to sonically paint outside the lines and refuse to be “boxed in” or categorized. Their brash, bold sound is colorful, layered and textured; a testament to each member’s vast musical background while maintaining a strong nod to the new.
“I wanted to concentrate on hooks. I wanted to play music that comes naturally to each of us in this band. I wanted to write, work on songs with this band and then immediately record them. I wanted to capture that spontaneity; that raw vibe; that fresh energy.” – Freddy Ordine
Lyrically, Weapons of Anew’s music is both a visceral and abstract view of vocalist, Ray West’s surroundings. “I write from a personal view point,” he explains. “Whether it is about life or social situations, however, I have always felt that the best words are those that a listener can take and make it his or her own.”
The band’s debut, ‘The Collision of Love and Hate’ was produced and engineered by James F. Murphy (ex-Death, Testament and Cancer). Although notoriously authoritative, Murphy collaborated with the band as if he was an additional member, offering and receiving ideas to make the source material stronger. The end results were mixed by Mike Ferretti (Sevendust and Warren Haynes, among others), who was able to capture the band’s organic, live sound, while avoiding pro-tools or auto-tune embellishing, with mastering by Ted Jensen from Sterling Sound.
“It was awesome to see these songs work live,” beams West, who is chomping at the bit to get back on the road. “Performing live was when I first felt validation. It is a complete different trip from recording the songs and waiting to the public to consume them. Sure, it will be great performing in front of audiences who are familiar with the words, the grooves, and the guitar solos, but that will come in time.”
As for the band’s unusual name, Ordine sums it up best when he says, “We’re five musicians who have quickly become this well-oiled machine; this new musical weapon.”