The foundation for Vindicator was laid in South Amherst, Ohio during Summer of 2005 when long time friends Marshall Law and brothers Vic and Jesse Stown got together with a singular vision. The band drew influences ranging from first-wave Bay Area and Teutonic thrash to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. As one of the front-runners of what has come to be known as the "New Wave Of Thrash" Vindicator quickly gained a strong local following. Word of the three-piece metal powerhouse from the American Midwest spread rapidly throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Vindicator reached a milestone in 2008 with the self-release of the band's debut full-length album "There Will Be Blood" receiving strong support from old and new thrashers alike. The band spent the next year gigging nationally in support of the album with such bands as Raven, Overkill, M.O.D., Hirax, Destruction, Exodus, Kreator, and many others.

Vindicator once again hit the studio in late 2008 to record tracks for a split release with 80's German cult metal legends Metal Witch. Entitled "Outbreak Of Metal Vol. 1", the new tracks showed the true realized power of Vindicator

Having just completed a series of national dates, Vindicator was invited by fellow thrashers Fueled By Fire to play the 2009 Thrasho De Mayo festival in Los Angeles. The band took the opportunity to hit the road once again for a series of dates from Ohio to Southern California dubbed the "Nationwide Ruination Tour". In early 2010, Vindicator returned to the studio to record their second full-length album entitled "The Antique Witcheries" scheduled for release on Heavy Artillery Records in August 2010.

Hell-bent on world-domination, the thrash maniacs known as Vindicator continue their mission to deliver balls-to-the-wall, skull-stomping, old school, thrash metal to the world.


Formed in Kansas City, Kansas in 2006, Vänlade has forged its sound with nothing less than the desire to conquer the globe to bring their brand of true heavy metal to the masses. With a style rooted in traditional, speed, thrash, and power metal, music fans young and old can rejoice in this fresh sound. Riff-mad, piercing guitars, blood boiling vocals, thick, galloping bass, and ground shaking beats combine to serenade the metal warrior in all of our hearts to his eternal victory. Each show is an energetic display of technically precise sonic power - complete with denim, leather, flying hair, and banging heads, all honoring the true metal gods. Spread the word and let it be known... RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, PREPARE FOR THE STRIKE!!!

To all the Vänlade Legions out there... Stay true! Stay heavy! STAY METAL!



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