Sacred Warrior
Sacred Warrior is:

Erik Schelling - Lead Vocals
Bruce Swift - Guitars/Vocals
Tony Velasquez - Drums
Steve Watkins - Bass/Vocals
Tom Sanderson - Keyboards/Vocals

Sacred Warrior is a Christian band that plays melodic, progressive hard rock/metal,  reminiscent of Queensryche and Iron Maiden.

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  and continued as keyboardist until 2015.

Sacred Warrior broke up in 1994 and then reformed in 2000 to do a Cornerstone Reunion Show.  Rey moved to Florida and the rest of the guys stayed in Chicago making it difficult to continue writing music.

Sacred Warrior re-formed in 2008 and is now touring again.  We put together what is one of the heaviest CD's yet. It is hard yet still has the Warrior feel to it and don't be thinking that Sacred Warrior is going to wimp out on the lyrics. We think that today more that ever we need to bring the Gospel of Jesus to the forefront.

Rey Parra left the Band in 2012 and was replaced by Eli Prinsen.
Eli Prinsen stayed as lead vocalist for three years and left the band in 2015.
Tom Sanderson joined the band as keyboardist and vocalist in 2015
With Eli Prinsen leaving, Rey Parra rejoined the band in 2016 as lead vocalist

Rey Parra left the band in 2018 to pursue his new role in Deny the Fallen.

After a nationwide search in 2019, Sacred Warrior invited Erik Schelling to sing lead vocals.

We are currently writing and recording new music at Gathering Storm Media in Aurora, IL.


1988: Rebellion
1989: Master's Command
1990: Wicked Generation
1991: Obsessions
1993: Classics
2001: Live at Cornerstone 2001
2013: Waiting In Darkness
2015: Slave (single)
2016: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (single)
2019: Blood River (single)
2020: On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand (single)