Rich "Roar" Rozek - Vocals (BATTALION)
Steve Ahlers - Guitar (KELLEY'S HEROES)
Marty Fitzgerald - Guitar
Paul Speckmann - Bass (SPECKMANN PROJECT, MASTER, ABOMINATION, WALPURGISNACHT (US), DEATH STRIKE, MARTYR (Cze), KRABATHOR, FUNERAL BITCH (US), SOLUTIONS, THE ARCHITECTS OF HATE)
Joe Laccino - Drums
WAR CRY were a Chicago Illinois based doomy Heavy Metal band formed in 1982.
At this time, the NWOBHM movement was in full swing, and War Cry found inspiration in acts from that movement, such as WITCHFINDER GENERAL and ANGEL WITCH.
Their approach became ever more doomy, as a result of listening to those SABBATH inspired acts
In mid-83, War Cry entered Open Reel Studios in Lynwood, Illinois to record the legendary four song "Trilogy Of Terror" demo.
War Cry had no clue how to promote the demo at the time, but copies of it rapidly spread through the tape trading network, and War Cry achieved a degree of cult fame in the metal underground.
By now, War Cry were opening for big acts such as JOE PERRY PROJECT and MOUNTAIN, and the opportunity to appear on vinyl came calling, in the form of Brian Slagel's Metal Blade Records.
Their Metal Massacre compilation series had featured many promising acts, and had helped to launch the careers of METALLICA, RATT and SLAYER, among many others.
War Cry were offered the chance to appear on "Metal Massacre 4", alongside fellow Chicago acts TROUBLE, WITCHSLAYER, ZOETROPE and THRUST.
"Forbidden Evil" from the "Trilogy Of Terror" demo was chosen to appear on the compilation, so the track was re-recorded specially.
War Cry recieved a good response to their contribution, and the disc helped them become noticed on the international scene.
Future thrash act FORBIDDEN even took their name from the War Cry song, "Forbidden Evil".
Despite this taste of success, drummer Joe Laccino quit in mid '83, and bassist Paul Speckmann also left late that same year to form DEATH STRIKE then MASTER.
The group tried to keep going, drafting in replacements and recording further material, but it was all to no avail.
In 2006, a compilation of their early material "Forbidden Evil", was issued by S.I.N. Records.