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Warrior Soul

Kory Clarke wanted to be the Iggy Pop of the '90s. Through his band, Warrior Soul, the Detroit native concocted his own Stooges- and MC5-style blend of political activism and art rock tendencies, gave it a '90s spin, and tried to impart it upon Generation X (the kids, not the band), but they never listened.

Originally a drummer for a number of bands, including Detroit punks L7 (not the all-female L.A. band) and Pennsylvania Southern rockers Raging Slab, Kory Clarke promoted himself to stage front when he founded Warrior Soul with guitarist John Ricco, bassist Pete McLanahan, and drummer Paul Ferguson. Their first album, 1990's Last Decade Dead Century, was a critical sensation, especially in the U.K., where listeners readily embraced the band's political invective and insurrectionist rantings as the next big thing. But while Clarke certainly had the potential to become Generation X's leading mainstream-bashing poet, the metallic hard rock sound he chose as his vehicle ultimately lost out to Nirvana's nihilistic post-punk/alternative style.

Released in 1991, Drugs, God and the New Republic (featuring new drummer Mark Evans) took their anarchist leanings even further, but was significantly inferior on the songwriting front, and not even a nationwide support tour with Queensrÿche (with whom they shared management from the mighty Q Prime agency) helped further their cause. The following year's much improved Salutations from the Ghetto Nation fared no better, and Clarke's interviews became increasingly bitter, focusing on the band's record label, Geffen, whom he accused of ignoring the group's potential. Eventually, Clarke resorted to an all-out war, telling all who would listen that 1993's glaringly average Chill Pill had been botched on purpose in order to fulfill the band's contract. The ploy worked, and by early 1994 Warrior Soul were dropped by Geffen.

A number of lineup changes ensued, beginning with the departure of drummer Evans and the eventual ousting of longtime axeman Ricco, replaced by two guitarists: Chris Moffet and Alexander Arundel (aka X-Factor). Clarke then sought to reinvent Warrior Soul as self-appointed cyberpunks for their fifth album, 1995's Space Age Playboys, released on the independent Futurist label. Unfortunately, the buying public's continued indifference only served to confirm that the band's best days were behind it, and McLanahan and Arundel soon quit the group. Left with no one to blame but himself, Clarke finally disbanded Warrior Soul later that year. A posthumous collection of demos and outtakes entitled Odds and Ends was released in 1996, and Clarke went on to form a new band called Space Age Playboys.

In 2007 Clarke revived the name and, with a new batch of musicians, set out on a tour of the U.K. A live album soon followed, and in 2008 the band released a new studio album titled Chinese Democracy (though they soon retitled it Destroy the War Machine in deference to the Guns N' Roses album of the same name). The band continued to tour sporadically throughout the rest of the decade. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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BEST BAND EVER... MET KORY A BUNCH OF TIMES REALLY DOWN TO EARTH DUDE
" I feel the pain of a thousand wars" .... Love the intro!!!
I thought these guys were pretty f**king good for a band not too many paid any attention to.
Pretentious poseurs? Maybe. Name some rock stars who aren't ... Mr. Cynical critic guy!
I thought the intro. didn't sound too bad, but then he started singing...no w I think I'm gunna be sick! Skillet's singer John Cooper has a raspy voice but also harmony, which creates an excellent voice. This guy sounds like a heavy smoker.
Warrior soul last decade dead century is just as good or even better than gnrs appetite for
This band bites.What's there to get ? They are just another copycat group of pretentious poseurs.
First three albums are true classics. Why the reviewer is hating on them is a mystery. Maybe just a jealous douche.
rsurbrug
Warrior Soul and Monster Magnet rocked my 1990s. Warrior Soul is so underrated. Their political messages have only become more true with the passage of time. A great band!
My favorite band ever. F the haters they don't get it
my favorite band, hands down. always trying to turn people on to them. Kory's lyrics are amazing, he is a genius, and they still seem as if they were written today...sadl y , the state of the world has not improved
rolf831
Salutations From The Ghetto Nation is one of the most Shred-A** albums I've ever heard ! Last Decade is also awesome. I almost came when I found out about the Kory/Trouble album...I wound up ordering it from some third world country and--it sucked, hard. The Dude's voice just wasn't there. Maybe He was just having a bad day...I'd still like to see that Combo live.
Great band, Jump for Joy is a good song,pretty negative band review Mr. Rivadavia of all music guide. What's with the venom in your review?
galadwynne
The second I heard "WE CRY OUT" I was madly in love with this band. I was disappointed with "Chill Pill" but was still able to pull some good stuff out of it. Once "Space Age Playboys" came out I thought they would be back but alas....they are no more.There's no mention of Kory's other band "Dirty Rig". I didn't like em but someone else might. Check em out. Also, according to Facebook, Kory is touring with Warrior Soul again in the UK. What the line up is I don't know. anyone else heard this?
inkfairie
Kory is singing for the band Trouble now. Just saw them in Baltimore. Love Kory and Warrior Soul.... but he should not be singing with Trouble. Trouble can no longer be considered "doom" with Kory. Listen... you will understand. BTW did you know that Trouble is/was a "Christian band"....
Kory is the man! Unlike that p**sy from Nirvana , when confronted with resistance he fought back & didnt suck on a shotgun!(Of course, he did lose his record deal & any hope of getting a new one)Greatest band no one ever heard of. I love turning people on to this !Try the Space Age Playboys stuff, it slays too! B. Colon: Cargos of Doom is on Chill Pill, the 4th album.
Oh the misery. Last Decade is an Amazing album. This proves once again that Europeans have better taste than us Americans. We should all be praising Kory Clarke's Band, but now we must hope his genius shines again in his newly found love (Chicago's Doom Metal Gods-TROUBLE ! ) . If you have any doubts check out the tune Cargo's of Doom on their 2nd album Drugs, God and the New republic. I think Nirvana probably secretly "jammed" to this tune at one time or another.

Oh the travesty!

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