Execution Protocol - 2002 - Too Damn Hype
For Whom The Gods Would Destroy - 2004 - Lifeforce
Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight - 2006 - Lifeforce

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Nate Seibel>>Dragonwind - Plain Of Ashes>>Judah Nero – Steel Lace>>Jason Russo>>Metal Force, Darkling, Heidt, Worwyk, Icarus Witch, Heidt

Orius>>JESSE BENKER - Bryce March – From This day>>Greg Dipasquale>>Seplophile, Baphomet, Fatal Curse

Fledgling Death>>Joe Villela>>Fledgling Death, Tearwave - Jeremy Partlow – Matt Backlas>>Seplophile, Dissenchant

Union, Dead To The World, The Control>>MIKE JEFFERS

History & Biography
Upstate New York's Herod - a Biblical reference as Jeffers is a history teacher - was formed in 2000 as a crossover band. The band was the baby of guitarist Jesse Benker and drummer Mike Jeffers. A demo was cut which Sounds Of Revolution Records soon reissued. This brought the band a deal with Too Damn Hype Records, which resulted in Execution Protocol. Guitarist Bryce March and bassist Jeremy Partlow next joined the band. The band's first bassist was a no-show for a summer of 2002 tour forcing the band to hit the road bass-less. Herod and Season Of Fire toured. A little while later singer Judah Nero was brought in. The band played an Ohio, USA show called Mess Fest. For Whom The Gods Would Destroy would be released in January of 2004 by Germany's Lifeforce Records and would oddly turn out to be progressive in nature. A European tour of ten countries with label-mates Fear My Thoughts followed. The group entered Watchmen Recording Studio with producer Doug White and issued Rich Man's War, Poor Man's Fight in March, 2006. The band was put to bed at this juncture, of course, to reappear in 2013. The act opened for Raven in New York.

Vile records issued a split album for Herod, LWFDIHH, Starlingraid in late 2014. Voivod, Carcass, Napalm Death, Obituary, and Herod would use the Deathcrusher monicker on a European tour in the autumn of 2015.

Herod The Great was a king of Judea some 2,000 years ago.


Another Herod album, another line-up and what a surprise nevertheless for the band’s style has almost exclusively become heavy metal. The band is better known as a Buffalo act playing hardcore, but gee whiz this is traditional heavy metal with loads of leads, melody and vocals all pointing towards Iron Maiden and early US metal. This band’s sound puts it in a unique position on Lifeforce’s roster. Indeed, the new line-up even tries its hand at complicated guitar riffs and rhythm that definitely needs at least two guitarists to pull off live. Some of it works and some of it like the flying speedy soloing on Broken Promises is just noise. For my money the heavier songs, like The Fire, are the best songs here and the slower ones drag. The slow song here, entitled Forever, is weak for instance. Cool album title by the way! - Anna Tergel