Warkistra (2005 - 2009) "The messengers of hope, truth and survival". A blend of beauty and brutality that founded it's popularity in being dubbed at the time Dallas, TX "Heaviest Metal Band Since Pantera" as put by former 97.1 The Eagle DJ Robert Miguel.
"There's a local band here in Dallas called "Warkistra" and they have a lead singer on and off. When I see them live and they do not have a singer, their instrumental stuff just completely moves you. " -MetalMelissa (via answers)
Warkistra was formed in Dallas, TX in 2005 by founding members Luke Messenger and Chad Dickson. While developing their unique blend of melodic yet thrash guitar riffs in the living room of their 3rd floor apartment, Warkistra found it's heavy influences in such artists as Unearth, Martyr A.D., Killswitch Engage, Norma Jean as well as many other early - mid 2000's metal. While Warkistra made it's name being solely Instrumental band for the first 3 years, there were a handful of lead singers that brought their own flavor to the already frontlining band.
In late 2005, Warkistra found their drummer, Ryan Wisdom, and the triad of thrash was born. At the peak of the band's life, Warkistra went from opening act to headliner in a matter of months for their amazing talent and unmatched stage presence.
While there was a seemingly revolving door of lead singers to grace the stage with the established band, Warkistra being a unique instrumental presence was always where it's hardcore fanbase agreed as the best way to see Warkistra!
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Feb 14 2018
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Just for Fun
- Years together:
- Gigs played:
- 50 to 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- 33 years
Warkistra was influenced by the entire gamut of music.
Members Of Band
Luke Messenger - Guitar
Chad Dickson - Guitar
Ryan Wisdom - Drums
Brandon Tubbs - Vocals (2005)
Daniel Thomas - Vocals (2008)
Shanon Jones - Vocals (2008 - 2009)
Chris Eaton - Bass (2007)
John Cashier - Bass (2008 - 2009)
O.E.M. Track number: 1 Year: 2009 Album: Beauty and the Gobshite Genre: Metal
The only time our band's tracks were ever Mastered. Audio Production credit goes to the Great JAMES McWILLIAMS!
Pillager's Guides Year: 2007 Album: Battle Royal w/ Cheese Genre: Metal
Performed @ Curtain Club for Gorilla Production's Battle of the Bands (2007)
Infinite Dark Eyes
Infinite Dark Eyes Year: 2008 Album: The Daniel Thomas Days Genre: Metal
One of the BEST singer performances Warkistra ever had!