A Band of Orcs hails from the blasted doomscape of Hirntodia. The warchiefs of the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe came to the misty realm of Santa Cruz, California on the Winter Solstice in 2006 when a group of young nerds playing Dungeons & Dragons inadvertently activated a monster summoning spell by rolling dice on an ensorcelled “Random Encounter Table.” Unfortunately they encountered A BAND OF ORCS, who reacted with all the inappropriate violence you might expect from such savage creatures.


When the Orcs heard the demonic sounds of SLAYER's "Raining Blood" emanating from upstairs, they became enchanted by this eerie paean and forced the amateur guitarist they ambushed there to show them how they could generate such unholy hymns. They spared Jed’s life and he showed them the ways and means needed to master this magic called metal, teaching the Orcs how to wield guitar, bass, and drum.

A BAND OF ORCS found metal an excellent sorcery for recruiting hordes to the cause of the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe. Now, the Orcs plot to use these instruments and incantations of destruction for whipping battalions of maelstrom-creating headbangers into a mosh pit frenzy to awaken their unholy god, Great Gzoroth, Dragon of Fire and Chaos, hastening the glorious and prophesied Domination. In true orc fashion, A BAND OF ORCS scavenges battle-tested remnants from the morbid fields of death, thrash, black and heavy metal to forge a brutal orc metal assault on miserable human ear-drums. Following up on their debut EP WarChiefs of the Apocalypse (produced by Scott Lee Sargeant, M.O.D., Laaz Rocket, and Epidemic; engineered by Juan Urteaga), the Orcs’ latest offering, Adding Heads to the Pile, (Itchy Music and Entertainment; produced and engineered by Juan Urteaga, Machine Head “Unto the Locust,” Testament “Dark Roots of Earth,” Hatriot “Heroes of Origin”), is a concept album set in the Orc home realm of Hirntodia. It tells tales of how a cowardly and duplicitous human king hires the Gore-Stained Axe Tribe as a mercenary force to war against marauding Giants and their minions.