BlogApril 26, 2013 2:57 PM ET

King Conquer ex-member says the band left him on the side of a Texas road

Although they didn't announce anything publicly, Floridian band King Conquer parted ways with lead guitarist John Byrd last month after more than five years together. Nothing unusual, I suppose, as bands lose members all of the time. Strangely, however, Byrd claims that his bandmates blew up over a minor incident and abandoned him on the side of a Texas road, forcing him to walk two hours to the nearest airport. Furthermore, he suggests that King Conquer can barely play the material from their new album live. Byrd reached out to Lambgoat to relay his side of the story:

My name is John Byrd I was in the band King Conquer (Mediaskare Records) for about five and a half years, and during that time I thought I built a brotherhood with the other members involved. Then about a month ago I was left stranded on the side of the road in the middle of Texas over a minor argument, and had to walk two hours to the airport and fly home. Being that I wrote their entire new record, and they can't play the song they released 'Novus Ordo Seclorum' or another 90% of the record live, I think that was a little stupid on their part.

So here's the whole story if anyone gives a fuck..

The night prior we were at a bar playing, and hanging out with our tour package. One of the merch guys came up to me while we were setting up. He made some jokes, so I slapped a beer out of his hand. We both laughed about it, and he even bought me a drink after our set. It wasn't a big deal and nobody was offended. Apparently if you're in an out of control 'extreme' metal band you're supposed to be in control, polite, and well behaved while preaching a political messages about not following orders and not being submissive. So the next day we get to the venue and Chris (drummer) tells me that the incident really pissed him off, and I calmly told him it wasn't a big deal nobody cared etc. Then James (singer) agreed saying he was really embarrassed. I told them both again to get over it cause it wasn't a big deal, and I'll continue being me and won't change or act fake for anyone. At that point James started shoving me around saying he wanted to 'beat my ass' because I was "disrespecting him." Now I didn't say anything disrespectful towards any of them at that point even though there's plenty to say if I wanted to. I simply told them if they don't like how I was then they could find another guitar player. Then Chris started throwing my belongings out into the street.

When people ask about what happened they respond with 'We just went our separate ways, and it was best for the band.' I guess what's best is to give your fans (that wait for months to see you) a half ass show where you play four songs, and miss most of the parts in those songs.. I know I'd be pissed I payed for that.

They can talk all the shit they want, but at the end of the day they're playing and promoting my songs and screaming/gurgling my words...

So to King Conquer, fuck you. I wrote your new album two years ago. My new material will definitely top it; especially since I don't have to write music that fits into your outdated mold. Good luck sucking the machines dick while spitting out a message that contradicts the politically correct way you handle the music industry.

Here's my Facebook if you want to stay updated on a future project, and the instrumental off '1776':


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anonymous 4/26/2013 12:15:13 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 12:18:12 PM

First Flip.

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:23:23 PM

I'm really stoked for 1776, but without the lead guitarist playing all those solos live? I don't think I'm interested in seeing King Conquer as much as I used to. Hope you dudes reach a middle ground and get back together.

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:26:15 PM

So here's the whole story if anyone gives a fck.. no

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:34:27 PM

Personally I wouldn't want to take credit for that album in any way.......

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:38:31 PM

So what you are saying is that this dude left the band on good terms?

suicidesalinesolution 4/26/2013 12:44:27 PM

that wasn't very good at all. hopefully they all give up on music, see you in a drive-thru soon butthurt guitarist. lol @ here's my facebook

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:47:54 PM

You're right nobody gives a fck

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:57:41 PM

judging by his vocals i assume he is the bad cop

anonymous 4/26/2013 12:58:01 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 12:59:46 PM

Say hello to Sworn In's new guitarist.

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:02:37 PM

who cares? guy looks like a gay twerp on facebook.. posts his new lambgoat bitchfest like it makes him look good how does this guy even make money? I would have left him at the side of the road too

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:03:59 PM

You don't. Waste. BEER!

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:10:26 PM

He just wanted people to know what happened. If that happened to you, I'm sure you'd be "bitching" too. & to the people who are saying no one gives a fck, lol obviously you do if you read the whole story & then commented on it. OH & then went out of your way to add him to see the things he posts.

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:13:18 PM

judging by his vocals i assume he is the bad cop

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:13:35 PM

He took time to stop cheating on his c*nt whore gf to write lambgoat..cute

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:13:54 PM

anonymous He just wanted people to know what happened. If that happened to you, I'm sure you'd be "bitching" too. & to the people who are saying no one gives a fck, lol obviously you do if you read the whole story & then commented on it. OH & then went out of your way to add him to see the things he posts. I bet this was written by that gay. Facebook profile is public lolol

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:17:49 PM

Met this guy when my bar booked him a while back. Spent the whole night contemplating sending the security guy over to kick his ass just for being a douchebag. Everyone in the band except for the guitarist were polite, nice guys. But that one jerk had to have a rockstar bitch fit. Played a shorter set than agreed, refused an encore, and treated his fans like shit after. I'm glad they kicked him out. Maybe I'll consider booking KC again now.

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:27:01 PM

KC sucks anyway, can't believe people still listen to their shitty music. Not to mention they are constantly going through new band members. They're just a bunch of drugged up sellouts that cheat on their wives/gf's.

anonymous 4/26/2013 1:53:40 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 1:55:43 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 2:00:19 PM

i like how this guy says they can't play the songs live, but somehow having him in the band will make them a competent live band. if you can't play the songs, you can't play them, even if 1 guy claims he can.

anonymous 4/26/2013 2:01:09 PM

You have to be a huge douche for your whole band to agree that you need to be left on the side of the road. Very unlikely that kind of thing would happen over a minor misunderstanding. And with the whole not being able to play the new material live that someone else wrote, that happens alot more often then you'd think.

anonymous 4/26/2013 2:02:12 PM

guy can play leads but this sounds like my butt after a night at shanghai charlies

anonymous 4/26/2013 2:51:59 PM

He got a bad case of gingervitis.

anonymous 4/26/2013 3:10:08 PM

and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package and hanging out with our tour package

anonymous 4/26/2013 3:43:26 PM


MeatDelivery 4/26/2013 5:35:19 PM

Leaving him on the side of the road was the most brutal thing they have ever done.

anonymous 4/26/2013 5:55:27 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 6:35:50 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 7:21:07 PM

Even though I dont care for fthe band thats still fcked up to leave someone stranded.

anonymous 4/26/2013 7:39:08 PM

Kind of confused here, why would you say that the lyrics are contradicting if you wrote them? Contradicting yourself

anonymous 4/26/2013 7:53:14 PM

Oh wait, i see what you mean now. It's because your that guy who fcks around to much and annoys everyone. You say that metal bands aren't supposed to be nice, polite people. Have you ever talked to the vocalist of cannibal corpse? One of the nicest guys you'll meet. Playing metal music live isn't all about being a badass, or stage moves either. some of us actually do it for the music. I see why you were abandoned.

f28r06a42n12k 4/26/2013 7:57:42 PM

Way tlnr

anonymous 4/26/2013 8:31:45 PM


anonymous 4/26/2013 8:35:41 PM

That's what happens when you deal with Baron, he encourages this type of shit

anonymous 4/26/2013 11:41:56 PM

Its King Conquer! Not Queen Conquer! Now get the fck out of the van!

anonymous 4/27/2013 12:27:43 AM

familiar scenario, when light this city kicked out Brian Forbes.

carveyournamein 4/27/2013 8:42:37 AM


anonymous 4/27/2013 10:27:40 AM

Dude, You are a pssy. Don't cry over yourself or KC because you guys were not that good. fck KC and fck you for taking advantage of metal. "Metal is supposed to be for the badasses!" No, because dickheads like you make metal look bad.

anonymous 4/27/2013 10:59:25 AM

Basically, dude is a douche nozzle, gets called out on and instead of trying to accept feedback plays the "this is how I am" card. I would have left him there too..Bound and naked...Murica!!

anonymous 4/27/2013 11:01:50 AM

My vote would have been to drive more than 2 hours from the airport and then kick you out of the van.

anonymous 4/27/2013 1:26:56 PM

dude is a gay.

anonymous 4/27/2013 2:49:52 PM

Still not as funny as the Brain Drill "lifted ballsack" breakup tradgedy

anonymous 4/27/2013 4:48:37 PM

maybe one of his band members told him to "go eat a veggie burger" ZINGER

anonymous 4/27/2013 5:31:09 PM

who the fck cares about this washed up shit band anyways? and what metal head would want to listen to your gay ass non talent having instrumental project?!? i hear McDonalds is always hiring people who suck at life.

anonymous 4/27/2013 7:06:25 PM

They stripped me naked had me lift my ballsack up so they could check underneath it, and then had me bend over and spread my asscheeks apart so they could look inside my jerk.

anonymous 4/27/2013 8:19:40 PM

this is unfortunate

anonymous 4/28/2013 9:34:36 AM

Also I'm not gay.

anonymous 4/28/2013 10:25:08 AM

The part about only playing 4 songs and missing alot of parts really got me because thats exactly what happened when I saw them play in lebanon, pa. I drove over an hour and payed $13 just to see them as I never heard of any of the other bands playing. Needless to say I was horribly pissed.

anonymous 4/28/2013 12:11:13 PM

Dude is one of the biggest pieces of trash I've ever toured with. Chris and Adam should've broken his fcking legs before sending him on his way. This guy an eat all the dick. Enjoy your heroin addiction, rock star. Also, solo band is gayget shit.

anonymous 4/28/2013 1:50:37 PM

haha good for them this kid was a slimey gay. every time we chilled this kid had the biggest sense of weed entitlement ever.

anonymous 4/28/2013 2:08:18 PM

Now who the fck is gonna take you in motherfcker everyone has left where the fck are they now.HAHA stranded on the road

anonymous 4/28/2013 2:42:50 PM

I've seen Chris punch dudes and break furniture at venues in the past. Strange that he would get pissed over a band mate jokingly smacking a beer out of someone's hand.

anonymous 4/29/2013 6:06:24 PM


anonymous 4/29/2013 7:32:44 PM

The only King Conquer that matters: ch?v=s8zCs-2fggo

anonymous 4/29/2013 7:40:18 PM

My name is gay I was in the band King gay (Mediaskare gays) for about five and a half gays, and during that gay I thought I built a gay with the other gays involved. Then about a gay ago I was left gayed on the side of the gay in the middle of gay over a minor gay, and had to walk two gays to the airport and gay home.

anonymous 4/29/2013 7:42:31 PM

gay blocked me on facebook.

kevin_sorbo 4/30/2013 2:23:53 AM

normal stuff when your band is a big piece of shit.

anonymous 5/6/2013 11:02:22 PM

I doubt that they would have kicked him out just because of some pssy words? Still a dog act though

anonymous 10/3/2013 11:19:12 AM

Hahahahahahahaha this shit is great. That dude was a fck, but that whole band is made up of fcks. I read it already a few times and it's 100% accurate, druggie white trash golden gate hillbilly fcks. Your music blows donkey balls.