About The Band
Nashville, Tennessee Drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl began playing drums at a young age, eventually playing live shows with his band, Arc Angel. It was in 1991 when Arc Angel, opening for heavy metal legends Manowar, was noticed by outgoing drummer Scott Columbus which led to a meeting with Manowar bandleader and bassist, Joey DeMaio. Rhino was invited to join Manowar and performed on their 1992 Gold-Certified album, “The Triumph of Steel,” and subsequent two-year world tour. Featured on the album was Rhino’s blistering five-minute drum solo, “Armor of the Gods.”
1994 saw Rhino and the rest of Manowar embark on the 45-date “Secrets of Steel” World tour to promote the band’s new box set. During this tour, the band officially broke the record for becoming the loudest band in the world, reaching 129.4 decibels in Hanover, Germany.
Rhino would leave Manowar at the end of 1994 to pursue other musical avenues, including guest performances on various albums until 2005, when super band HolyHell was formed under Joey Demaio’s Magic Circle Music label. Holyhell toured with Manowar from 2005 through 2009. It was in 2008 when Rhino re-united with Manowar to play multiple concerts including the Magic Circle Music Festival, and a record breaking five hour and one minute concert at the Kavarna Rock Fest in Bulgaria.
Rhino would go on to form his own symphonic metal band, Angels of Babylon, which produced two records, “Kingdom of Evil,” and “Thunder God.” Additionally, Rhino plays drums for metal legend Jack Starr’s Burning Star, performing the albums, “Land of the Dead,” “Stand Your Ground,” and 2022 release, “Souls of the Innocent.” Rhino is currently writing and recording an album with former Manowar bandmate and guitarist, David Shankle.