FANTOM WARIOR

 80's THRASH METAL LEGENDS ARE BACK

  • FANTOM WARIOR BIO
    * In 1982-1983, bassist John Chernack decided to merge the two groups of friends that he played heavy metal with into one band.  His main band which he and his friends Keith Pires and James Jensen had started was named Phantom Lord.  The other band which consisted of another group of his friends that lived in his neighborhood consisted of Steve Schley, Steve Kuchen and David Montini. The newly merged lineup featured bassist John Chernack, guitarist Keith Pires, guitarist Steve Schley, drummer James Jensen, and alternating vocalists Dave Montini, Steven Kuchen and Jason "Raeph" Glicken.  In late 1984 to early 1985, the lineup of John Chernack, Keith Pires, James Jensen, and Steve Schley, with Chernack and Pires taking on vocal frontmen duties, changed the band name to Fantom Warior. 
    After playing live throughout 1985,  in March, 1986, Fantom Warior released a five track demo tape containing original material entitled "Morbid Invasion".  It was distributed worldwide and was very well received by a many metal magazines in both the US and in Europe, Critic Esben Slot Sorensen of the Danish metal magazine Blackthorn wrote "This is a killer demo! Fantom Warior will be a very possible subject for the 'demo of the year 1986' poll  Critic Mike Exley for the UK metal magazine Metal Forces wrote "Morbid Invasion is both a classic and a must for true metal fans and bands to listen to ... Morbid Invasion leads off with a solid riff, but it's the middle section of this song that has me foaming at the mouth". Writer Andrew Sakowicz from the Chapel magazine felt that with bands like Fantom Warior, "the East Coast is finally a scene to be reckoned with".
    * In April, 1987, Fantom Warior was one of nine artists of varying musical genres to appear on a compilation album distributed by Merlin Recording Studios. The record album entitled Merlin Music Presents . . . featured a track from Fantom Warior entitled "E.R.C." (Eat the Rotting Corpse) which did not appear on their "Morbid Invasion" demo.
    * In October, 1987, Fantom Warior released a ten track record album entitled "Fantasy Or Reality", distributed under the band's independent label Token Records. This album, like the Morbid Invasion demo, was also distributed and sold directly by the band via mail order and local music stores throughout New Jersey and New York.
    * Predating the popularity of the Internet and the World Wide Web in the early 1990s, Fantom Warior, like many other 1980s metal bands, established a worldwide fan base with the help of reviews and articles that appeared in the metal magazines and the underground metal fanzine networks. The publishing of Fantom Warior's contact information in these articles, initially in the UK Magazine, Metal Forces, and then the Dutch magazine, Blackthorne, as well as many other regional fanzines, helped jump start Fantom Warior's worldwide distribution of the Morbid Invasion demo, the Fantasy Or Reality album, and other merchandise. 
  • Fantom Warior disbanded in 1988.  
    However, that would not be the end for Fantom Warior.
    Over the years, news of Fantom Warior spread and the demand of friends and fans alike for a reunion became constant.
    In 2012, original line-up of John, Keith and James decided reunite.
    What began with the idea to just have fun, play a few gigs and remaster the old material turned into much more. 
    *Fantom Warior has been on fire writing and performing their new material as well as doing their classics live on stage for their many loyal fans!
    They have shared the stage with many of the great bands such as Raven, Onslaught, Exhumer, Grim Reaper, Black Anvil, Deceased, Bloodfeast, Obliteration, Antichrist, Sacrificial Blood, Maximum Oversatan and many more.
    The Morbid Invasion has returned!!!
    Fantom Warior-True Titans of War!!!