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Bragging rights the spoils in a war of tiny men
When the dust begins to settle, the fight begins again
Pettiness a virtue, the badge of piss and pride
What you have created, it's a thrash crime
Harvesting rewards from the hours used in spite
Tearing out the throat of a fool because it's right
Obfuscate the meaning and re-educate the swine
Opinion is invalid, it's a thrash crime
— "Act of War"

Over there in Norway, the churches all burn down
Let's go dress in goth clothes and get painted like a clown
Awesome leather armbands with spikes like two feet long
Hair is parted down the middle, frowning like a frog

In league with the devil, talking Satan, skulls and hell
Making mommy mad, cause that's original
If you hate good music, then it can't hurt to go
Image-conscious assholes, black metal fashion show
—"Black Metal Sucks"

Lich King is a Thrash Metal band from Massachusetts that was founded in 2004 by vocalist Tom Martin (who may have also played some or all of the instruments for the first two albums; the real identities of the musicians on those albums are not given). Lich King are heavily influenced by Exodus, Vio-Lence, and Slayer and are known for their humorous lyrics, Heavy Meta, and their very brash image and promotional techniques. The band finally found its feet in 2009-2010 with its third LP World Gone Dead, which featured a full band lineup and massively improved production.

As of 2015, Tom Martin has officially left the band on a live basis, citing burnout and a need for a more stable source of income. He will most likely continue to work behind the scenes and may or may not also contribute to the songwriting process and provide vocals on the next studio release, but it's all up in the air.

Current lineup:

  • Tom Martin - Songwriting (stopped doing vocals full-time in 2015 and eventually gave it up completely)
  • Zach Smith - Vocals
  • Brian Westbrook - Drums
  • Joe Nickerson - Rhythm guitar
  • Mike Dreher - Bass
  • Nick Timney - Lead guitar

Former members:

  • Kevin Taylor - Guitars
  • Erick Herrera - Guitars
  • Rob Pellegri - Lead guitar


See World of Warcraft if you were looking for the "Wrath of the Lich King" expansion.

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