Originated: Chicago, Illinois Country: United States of America Genre: Metal/Progressive Metal Read Interview
Bio: Sacred Warrior hailed from Chicago and were one of the early pioneers in Christian heavy metal. They played a brand of melodic/slightly progressive metal that showed heavy influence from Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Queensrÿche (vocalist Rey Parra sounds remarkably like Geoff Tate). Other band members (in their final incarnation) were Bruce Swift on guitar Steve Watkins on bass, Tony Velasquez on drums, and Joe Petit on keys. Other former members were John Johnson on guitar and Rick Macias on keys. Roger Martinez of Vengeance Rising provided guest vocals on "The Flood" from 1989's "Master's Command".
The band was formed out of a general market metal band known as Nomad, which formed in 1985. Subsequent to the conversion of guitarist Bruce Swift to Christianity, he lead fellow band members Tony Velasquez and Rey Parra. He also led Rick Macias, who had been a bouncer at a nightclub. Steve Watkins joined the band as bassist in 1988 and Sacred Warrior was formed.
Rick Macias left the band in 1989 and was replaced by John Johnson for the 1989 - 1990 tour. John left the band in 1990.
Joe Petit joined the band in 1991.
Sacred Warrior broke up in 1994 and then reformed in 2000 to do a Cornerstone Reunion Show.
On February 9, 2009, the band announced the death of Rick Macias.
Rey moved to Florida and the rest of the guys stayed in Chicago making it difficult to continue writing music. On April 23, 2012, Parra announced he has left the band due to time constraints and distance issues. Parra was replaced by Eli Prinsen.