NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew, the dynamic new band that features Freddy Ordine, Ray West, Stefan "Reno" Cutrupi, Chris Manfre, and new guitarist Kris Norris will release their debut recording, "The Collision of Love and Hate" on September 15, 2017 on OK Good Records. The quintet will then hit the road with Tesla on September 19, through October 5, 2017.
Weapons of Anew's debut, "The Collision of Love and Hate" was produced and engineered by James F. Murphy (Havok, Necromancing The Stone, Product of Hate), mixed by Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Warren Haynes), and mastered by Ted Jensen.
"We are all super excited to have our record coming out and an amazing tour to launch the release," states an elated Freddy Ordine. "It means the world to us! We have been extremely lucky with touring and getting to open for larger established bands."
Speaking about the tour, Ray West said,
"I'm very psyched to go out on the Tesla tour. I've been a Tesla fan for a long time. I also happen to think Jeff Keith has one of the coolest voices around. For me it's a real privilege to be playing for their audiences. I have a good feeling we will connect with them. I'm all in, all positive!" Ordine remembered being a kid when Tesla's "Five Man Acoustic Jam " came out, "I dug it. So it's always an honor to be able to tour with an artist I grew up listening to."
"Playing Rock is a privilege that I don't take for granted," says West. "Performing live to an audience is very powerful and humbling at the same time. Fans at our shows can expect the high energy, emotionally charged assault, we have always delivered." Ordine adds, "A total assault on their senses, full on every night."
Earlier this year, Weapons of Anew halted their recording sessions to go on tour with Alter Bridge. "When we went out with Alter Bridge, as Weapons of Anew," states West, "we had never played a live show together before. I think we learned a lot about ourselves as performers and that our music translated well to a live audience." Ordine states, "We were able to really dial the songs in on the Alter Bridge tour. They are exactly where we wanted them. They are burnt into us all now." West continues, "Let's face it, most people don't go out to see the 1st band on a 3-band bill, so winning people over was our mission. We all worked very hard and as a band we felt it paid off. Audiences were very generous to us, but every fan that talked to us after the shows, asked 'We really liked you guys, how can I hear more songs? Where can I get the album?' Now we can say, well it's right here!"
Weapons of Anew are set to launch their live assault.
Weapons of Anew and Tesla tour dates:
09/19/17 Tue. Santander PAC, Reading, PA
09/20/17 Wed. The Paramount, Huntington, NY
09/22/17 Fri. The National, Richmond, VA
09/23/17 Sat. Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville, KY
09/24/17 Sun. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta, GA
09/27/17 Wed. Parker Playhouse, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
09/29/17 Fri. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
09/30/17 Sat. House of Blues, Orlando, FL
10/02/17 Mon. Iron City, Birmingham, AL
10/04/17 Wed. The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
10/05/17 Thu. Irving Music Factory, Dallas, TX
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew, the dynamic new band featuring members of HavocHate and Spread Eagle, will make its live debut touring with Alter Bridge and special guest Nonpoint during their "The Last Hero Tour" from January 24 through February 14, 2017.
Upon confirmation of the tour, Weapon's of Anew guitarist Freddy Ordine said, "It's truly an honor! I'm excited for guitarists that are into this type of music. It's really going to be a shred fest - all the band's have really great players in them." "As a singer," Ray West stated, "I think that Myles Kennedy and Elias Soriano are both at the top of their game, so I have great respect for both bands. It's safe to say the bar is set very high for us and I live for that! I consider playing a live show with both bands a privilege."
When asked what it means to perform live, Ordine states, "Pure energy!!! It's better than any other feeling I know." West puts it this way, "an intense energy that compares to nothing else!"
Late last year, Weapons of Anew released their powerful debut single and video, "Killshot," via OK!Good Records. "Killshot" made the Top 5 most added record in the country at radio on the Metal Contraband Chart and picked up 24 additional stations on the CMJ Loud Rock Chart. Upon completing this initial run of tour dates, the band will complete their debut recording with producer James Murphy (Havok, Necromancing The Stone, Product of Hate).
The band members are psyched to have people hear Weapons of Anew (WoA) music, West continues, "We are a solid unit, packed into a big ole can of whoop ass! Ordine steps forward and says, "We are a powerhouse! I really believe this band lives up to its name. Everyone in this band is like a weapon with their instruments. It's an all out assault on the senses!"
ALTER BRIDGE / NONPOINT / WEAPONS OF ANEW tour dates:
01/24/17 Tue. Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
01/25/17 Wed. Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
01/27/17 Fri. Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City, IA
01/28/17 Sat. Voodoo Lounge/Harrah's, North Kansas City, MO
01/29/17 Sun. District, Rockford, IL*
01/31/17 Tue. Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY
02/01/17 Wed. Rebel, Toronto, ON, CANADA
02/02/17 Thu. Brass Monkey, Ottawa, ON, CANADA*
02/03/17 Fri. Metropolis, Montreal, QC, CANADA
02/04/17 Sat. Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
02/07/17 Tue. House of Blues Boston, Boston, MA
02/08/17 Wed. Webster Hall, Hartford, CT*
02/09/17 Thu. Play Station Theater, New York City, NY
02/10/17 Fri. The Fillmore, Silver Spring, MD
02/11/17 Sat. The Underground, Charlotte, NC*
02/12/17 Sun. The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
02/14/17 Tue. House of Blues, Houston, TX
*NONPOINT / WEAPONS OF ANEW ONLY
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew guitarist Freddy Ordine has signed endorsement agreement with ESP Guitars.
"Freddy is a great example of what we look for with ESP," said Chris Cannella, Director of Artist Relations/Product Management, ESP Guitars, "brand loyalty, drive and talent!"
"I love their modern approach on some of the classic designs," said Ordine. "These guitars just feel great to me, from the custom shop stuff to the LTD stuff. I've never picked one up and not been immediately comfortable. Hats off to ESP and their attention to detail and quality control."
After dropping every nickel of his very first advance check on a 48th Street custom ESP back in 1992, Ordine continued to play that same guitar at every show until 2001 when it was stolen during a show load out. Ordine is now the proud owner of an arsenal of ESP guitars. "The latest addition to my collection is a USA custom shop MII," he said. "It's a mahogany body and ebony fretboard with a flame maple top and maple binding, Floyd Rose trem and dual EMG 85s. The guitar is absolutely stunning and, honestly, the nicest playing guitar I have ever owned! I used this guitar for a majority of the new record."
"Chris Cannella at ESP has been amazing to work with," Ordine continued. "He has gone above and beyond for myself and Weapons in its early stages, and for that I am forev
er grateful and loyal to him and everyone at ESP!"
About ESP Guitars
Founded in 1975, the ESP Guitar Company is a leading global manufacturer of quality musical instruments. ESP brands include Custom Shop, Original Series, USA Series, E-II, Tombstone, and LTD. For more information call 800-423-8388 or visit www.espguitars.com.
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew bassist Stefan "Reno" Cutrupi has inked an endorsement deal with ESP Bass Guitars.
With a background that encompasses everything from late '90s punk rock and metal to jazz, Cutrupi's playing stretches across the board. "ESP basses allow me an elaborate range of sound and versatility in order to fully express myself," he said. "I like to think of myself as a total musician, not just a bass player."
After taking some time out from music, Cutrupi connected with WoA guitarist Freddy Ordine, also endorsed by ESP, years ago when he tried out for a touring bassist spot with Ordine's previous band HavocHate, and the two formed a lasting musical friendship. "WoA is allowing me to push the envelope of modern rock music, infuse my 'out of the box' thinking and create our own mark on the music industry," he said. "The look and feel of ESP basses start the engine on my big rock bass machine! They have a beautiful look and sound...what more could I ask for?"
"Weapons of Anew are a great addition to the ESP family," said Chris Cannella, Director of Artist Relations/Product Management, ESP Guitars. "Their drive and fight for groove and killer performance sets them above the norm."
Founded in 1975, the ESP Guitar Company is a leading global manufacturer of quality musical instruments. ESP brands include Custom Shop, Original Series, USA Series, E-II, Tombstone, and LTD. For more information call 800-423-8388 or visit www.espguitars.com. Follow ESP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/espguitars.
*Reno photos by Frank White
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew drummer Chris Manfre is excited to announce his partnership with Saluda Cymbals.
The cymbals first caught Manfre's attention when he heard another drummer playing live. "The way they cut through the band was intriguing," he said. "I was totally blown away by how great the cymbal sounded."
The drummer was equally impressed by the hand-crafted customizations Saluda offered, as well as the company's willingness to work with to produce exactly what he was looking for.
"All the cymbals sound amazing," said Manfre. "I'm totally hooked. From the Ride cymbal to the Hats and my favorite, the 24-inch China, they all cut through excellent and you can hear all the distinct personalities of each cymbal."
"Chris Manfre was recommended to us in early 2014," said "We watched him jamming out on a Ludwig kit and saw his current band. We offered him an endorsement and things have been going great ever since.
"Saluda Cymbals is all about offering a ton of cymbal selections, through a wide range of series and all for a great price," said Saluda's Jamie Lambert. "Chris is a solid hitting drummer and enjoys big drum sets, surrounding himself with plenty of cymbal voices to choose from. His drumming is tight, powerful and full of control."
Listen to Chris Manfre playing Saluda Cymbals at the Weapons of Anew website at www.weaponsofanew.com. Visit www.saludacymbals.com for more information on Saluda and follow them at www.facebook.com/saludacymbalsofficial, www.youtube.com/saludacymbalsofficial and www.instagram.com/saluda.
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew guitarist Freddy Ordine is proud to renew his endorsement by Bogner Amplification.
"I was lucky to have the opportunity to become a Bogner endorsed artist in April 2002 and I can honestly say this was a career highlight for me," Ordine said. "When I formed Weapons of Anew in mid-2015, I instantly reached out to Bogner to let them know about it and that I was looking to get my amps in shape to record."
Ordine's love of the Bogner sound began at a George Lynch guitar clinic back in the mid-'90s. "I remember being absolutely blown away by his tone," Ordine said. "I spoke to him after the clinic and I was a big fan of his playing, but all I wanted to know was what the amp was! He was kind enough to let me noodle on it for a few minutes I instantly knew I needed one."
"Freddy Ordine knows how to 'Bring The Heavy' and we are proud to have Bogner Amps in his arsenal," said Bogner's Charley Polacheck.
Ordine has used the Bogner Uberschall and Ecstasy exclusively since 2002, when he was invited to meet with Bogner founder Reinhold Bogner at his shop. "Reinhold took me through each amp and showed me what each amp excelled at and what each knob and switch did. He is just as passionate about the amps he builds as I am about my playing. He really puts his all into developing and building these amazing amps, and every time I hear a new one of his designs they blow me away! Even though they are different amps, they all have a very distinct sound and you can tell it's a Bogner without even seeing it."
Listen to Freddy Ordine using Bogner Amps at the Weapons of Anew website at www.weaponsofanew.com. For more information on Bogner, visit www.bogneramplification.com or follow Bogner on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BognerAmplification.
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew has followed Friday's massive digital release of the track "Killshot" (OK!Good Records) with a brand new video, available today.
Filmed at Hammer Hands Gym and directed by Ron Geffen, the hard-hitting clip follows a contentious boxing match between actors/boxers Amber Skyes and Julian Rodriguez, illustrating the song's theme of the struggle between love and hate, interspersed with band in live action, also inside the ring.
The video is based on a treatment written by frontman Ray West, who also penned the lyrics for the song. "Ray had written a treatment with a girl beating the breaks off a guy," said bassist Stefan 'Reno' Cutrupi. "Once we met Ron and discussed the concept, all of the pieces kind of just fell into place."
The video was a departure for director Geffen, though, who focuses more of his work on pop and EDM artists. "It was a fun time," he said. "I believe the video depicts the emotions and feelings of the band, and how they are able to put those emotions into words."
"Ron is a hard worker that really hustles, so he and I definitely bonded quickly," guitarist Freddy Ordine said. "Amber is actually Ron's girlfriend and she has a hell of a right hook! She was actually punching Julian in the face with the first punch. Ron now knows not to piss her off!"
The shoot was the first time in a ring for the members of Weapons of Anew, even if they didn't throw any punches themselves. "It actually felt very small," Reno said. I give boxers even more respect than I already did. That feeling of no getting away from your opponent really hit home."
Added West: "It was very comfortable. I love to perform and to be on sets. I even love the endless takes. My fave is singing in double time. It's very humbling."
November 11, 2016
NEW YORK - Weapons of Anew, the dynamic new band featuring members of HavocHate and Spread Eagle, will make its debut to the metal world today with a powerful single, "Killshot," via OK!Good Records.
The track is one of the first songs written by the new band, and when it all came together, Weapons of Anew were certain they had found their niche amongst their eclectic influences and the music of the collective previous bands.
"As we started writing for this new band idea (with Chris Manfre and Stefan 'Reno' Cutrupi), I didn't want to write another HavocHate record," guitarist Freddy Ordine said. "Granted, I'm very proud of both those records, but I felt I had more to say and it didn't have to be all about heavy. It could have awesome melodies and groove and still smack you in the face, but in a different way. I had started listening to this melody I kept hearing in my head and wrote the remainder of the song."
Enter Spread Eagle vocalist Ray West. "The chorus wasn't written as you hear it now until Ray came in," Ordine said. "I heard Ray sing the verses in this sleek kind of modal way the first time we ever played together and - ZAP!!! - I was instantly connected! The chorus pretty much jumped out of my head and onto my fret board. I knew this is what my new band was supposed to sound like!"
Added Reno: "We had a fully working old version of the song with a completely different chorus and bridge section. Upon jamming it with Ray on our first couple of meetings, we ended up removing parts and re-writing entire sections of the song and changing parts to fit Ray's awesome vocal style. We were pretty set on the original version of the song until Ray came in and we moved things around...for the better I might add!"
Lyrically West captured a snapshot of the struggle between love and hate. "It's a life experience I know all too well," West said. "The story of unrequited love, and the killing of its pain. To be honest, I really didn't get to work on the song before I went to meet the guys at HQ. The song came to life through jamming in the room together. I could see that Freddy was very in tune with what I'm trying to do, so he started to tailor the arrangement to incorporate my sense of melody, rhythm and phrasing along with his, and we had the makings of a cool piece of music."
Weapons of Anew gives Ordine and his bandmates the opportunity to expand and expound upon their musical vocabularies. Whereas Ordine's past pursuits focused on his love of old school thrash, this band's lush, layered songs go beyond hard rock and metal, delving into such sounds and styles as progressive and R&B.
"Killshot" is available via for purchase iTunes, Bandcamp and the OK!Good Records website. The track is also streaming on SoundCloud.
After whetting fans' appetites with "Killshot," Weapons of Anew's will soon announce more information on their upcoming debut full-length album.