Attacker: Giants Of Canaan-2013.

This article describes the American speed metal band Attacker . For the British fighter of the same name, see Supermarine Attacker .

It was founded in 1983 as Warloc . Mike Sabatini (drums), Pat Marnelli (guitar) and Dominic Spina (guitar) are the founding members. After a short time the band found a singer in Brian Bob Mitchell. After several small concerts, at which they played almost exclusively cover versions , Spina got out and was replaced by Jim Mooney. In 1984 the band changed its name to Attacker and the first demo was released.

Metal Blade became aware of the band and released the song (Call on) The Attacker on the fifth part of their sampler series Metal Massacre . The band was then offered a record deal with the label. Jimmy Schulman started as a bass player. During the recording of the debut album Battle at Helm’s Deep , Schulman was kicked out of the band again because they were not satisfied with the bass tracks. Lou Ciarlo from the band Hadesre-recorded the tracks. The album was released in 1985 and received good reviews in the metal press, but the commercial breakthrough did not materialize. The band complained that their record company hadn’t done enough for them and broke the contract. In 1986 the song Disciple appeared on the sampler The Best of Metal Blade Volume 1 .

In the same year, Attacker released their second demo. John Leone had meanwhile started as a singer, because Bob Mitchell had left the band due to personal and musical differences. Again with a contribution to a sampler, this time on L’Amour Rocks by Mercenary Records, she was offered a record deal. The second album The Second Coming was released in 1988 and is called Attacker’s best work. The burgeoning Thrash Metal scene and the lack of support from their record company led to the band breaking up in 1989. The two albums were re-released in 1999 by Sentinel Steel Records.


John Leone died in 1994 and Jim Mooney died in 2000. The remaining members Pat Marinelli and Mike Sabatini decided to set a musical memorial to the deceased in the form of a third album. Another guitarist was found in Pat Marinelli, and Felix Torres joined as bassist. Preparations ran from 2000 to 2003, but the band did not find a singer at first. After years of fighting with Bob Mitchell, he completed the band again in 2003. The first concert took place in Hoboken on December 13th .

In 2004 the reunion album Soul Taker was released . The band then played at several festivals, including the second Keep It True in Germany. A European tour followed.

In 2005, work began on the successor, The Unknown . Further festival appearances and a tour through Germany interrupted the work. Lou Ciarlo was added to replace Felix Torres. The Unknown was finally released in 2006 .


Demo ’84Demo1984 
Battle at Helm’s DeepFull-length1985
Demo ’86Demo1986 
The Second ComingFull-length1988
Soul TakerFull-length2004
Demo ’05Demo2005 
The UnknownFull-length2006
Standing the Test of TimeCompilation2007
Giants of CanaanFull-length2013
Sins of the WorldFull-length2016
Armor of the GodsEP2018
Spiritual WarfareSingle2021
Mike Sabatini
Drums (1984-1989, 2001-present)
See also: ex-Jersey Dogs
Mike Benetatos
Guitars (2001-present)
See also: ex-Apollyon, ex-Jersey Dogs, ex-Sleepy Hollow
Brian Smith
Bass (2014-present)
Jon Hasselbrink
Guitars (2016-present)
See also: ex-Morbid Sin, ex-Shock to the System
Vocals (2021-present)
See also: ex-Altered State, ex-Obliterator, Screams of Babylon, ex-Deadly Blessing, ex-Faith Factor, ex-Without Warning (live), ex-Factor V, ex-Zygo

Past Members:

Lou CiarloBass (1984-1989, 2001-2002, 2005-2012)
See also: ex-Jersey Dogs, ex-Hades
John Joseph (R.I.P.)Bass (1984)
Jimmy SchulmanBass (1984)
See also: HadesVessel of Light, ex-Dan Lorenzo
Jim MooneyGuitars (1984-1986)
(R.I.P. 2000) See also: ex-Sleepy Hollow
Pat MarinelliGuitars (1984-1989, 2001-2016)
See also: ex-Sleepy Hollow (live)
Bob MitchellVocals (1984-1986, 2003-2008)
See also: Savior from AngerSceptorThe Hounds of Hasselvander, ex-Blackstarr, ex-Mind Assassin, ex-Wycked Synn, ex-Alchemy X, ex-Sleepy Hollow, ex-Vyndykator
Tom D’Amico (R.I.P. 2001)Guitars (1986-1989)
John LeoneVocals (1986-1989)
(R.I.P. 1994) See also: ex-Hawkfire, ex-Phantom Lord
Rolo MaciasGuitars (2001)
See also: ex-Black Reign
Felix TorresBass (2002-2005)
See also: ex-Apollyon
Walter FigueroaVocals (2008)
See also: Imprecari, Sentrafate (formerly Paradox), ex-Severed Hand
Anthony CrossVocals (2010-2011)
See also: Shadow Image, Belfire, Black Roze, Freefall, Nobody’s Fool, ex-Livesay, ex-Seven Witches, ex-Fischel’s Beast
Jon HanemannBass (2012-2014)
Bobby “Leather Lungs” LucasVocals (2012-2020)
See also: Morbid SinReverend, ex-Exhibition, Bless the Wicked, ex-Overlorde, ex-Seven Witches, ex-Proud Flesh

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