Warrior Soul is an American hard rock band formed by lead singer and producer Kory Clarke. Clarke started the band on a bet from a promoter at New York City's Pyramid Club, after a solo performance art show called 'Kory Clarke/Warrior Soul'. Clarke boasted he would have the best rock band in the city within six months. Nine months later he signed to Geffen Records for a million dollars.
Geffen directed Clarke to shed his hired band and get new players. Clarke insisted on keeping Pete McClanahan as his bass player, and recruited guitarists John Ricco and Gene 'XFactor' Poole, drummer Mark Evans, and Peter Jay.
The band began playing in New York City in 1987. Clarke says many of their songs are politically based, such as 'Blown Away', 'Superpower Dreamland', 'In Conclusion', and 'Children of the Winter.' Clarke describes the band's sound as 'acid punk', particularly their The Space Age Playboys album.
Despite recognition by peers, including Lars Ulrich from Metallica, who had been quoted as saying The Space Age Playboys was his favorite album, Warrior Soul disbanded in 1995.
Drummer Mark Evans was murdered in London, UK in 2005. Clarke was asked to be the frontman for the Chicago doom metal band Trouble, and began touring in the summer of 2008. Kerrang! magazine reviewed the show as KKKKK (5 Ks).
December 2008 saw the band return to large indoor stages, with shows at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London, and the O2 Academy Glasgow.
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