History & BiographyThe band came together through the efforts of former band-mates guitarists Mike Gaytan, Pay Meyers and drummer Dustin Schoenhofer in 2000. Anthony Amstutz became the singer. Tim Amstutz became the bassist. A self-titled demo was issued. The True Face Of Panic was a 2002 EP that was later tagged to Glorified Dirt. The band toured America with Macabre. The band opened for Satyricon, Suffocation and Morbid Angel on the last band’s Heretic tour in 2004. The group changed singers in 2004. Schoenhofer left in 2004. Cory Grady took over. The premonitions came to an end in 2005, but not before the hardcore/grindcore/electronica act toured Canada with Despised Icon and Ion Dissonance. Let It Burn Records issued a split with Benumb in 2005 as well. The band was part of something called Dude Fest in the USofA in 2007. The band pulled a standard rock act and announced a reunion show in Ohio, USA in 2009.
Schoenhofer was arrested in 2019 for drug trafficking. Gaytan was arrested following a traffic violation in 2020. He was taken into custody after $1.9 million (US) was found in his truck, which was determined to be for money laundering and the proceeds of drug trafficking.
PREMONITIONS OF WAR - GLORIFIED DIRT + THE TRUE FACE OF PANIC - METAL BLADE
Has former Victory Records' band Premonitions Of War fundamentally missed the boat given how the war has already started and is well under way or does the band have something to offer those who have already heard The Red Chord, Coalesce and the like?
As self-evident from the CD's title the album is the combination of two of the band's previous releases. One of the EPs has been reproduced here, while the other (Glorified Dirt) has been re-recorded with a new line-up which features a new singer and guest drumming by Cory Grady of The Black Dahlia Murder.
Premonitions Of War is officially classified as a hardcore band, but the six-piece will surely hold the interest of metal and grindcore fans. The band is heavy, chaotic and mixes the brutality that usually comes with death metal with sludgy hardcore crossover parts. The street hood image and the chaos shattering the speakers belie the solid riffs and powerful rhythm section occasionally. Even the production is hardly impressive, although given the band's style there might be a method to the madness. The vocalists are both rancorous and supply some wild screaming and growling. The music is interrupted by some noise and ambient tracks (as on Hanging Man). Yet ignoring the space huggers will yield a loud array of derangement. - Ali "The Metallian"