“Welcome to My Hell” is a catchy, tightly woven rock track that sonically fits somewhere between The Kills and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and delivers on stark imagery and multi-layered dichotomies. – Billboard

“A distinctly heavy synth rock sound that’s somewhere between Siouxsie and Suicide with a modern production sheen”- LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Incredibly moving” – Huffington Post

“The Propulsive sounds and moving lyrics that drive(Holy Wars)’Mother Father’ are so good in every way”- HUFFINGTON POST

“Orphan is Stunning” – Alternative Press 


Featured in Spotify’s New Noise, Fierce Femmes & Sludge Playlists 

In death there is rebirth…in adversity there is hope and at some point everyone experiences their own personal Holy War.  This would be the same for Kat Leon, front woman of the Los Angeles-based band, Holy Wars, whose recent and unexpected loss of both parents would ignite such a fire in her, Holy Wars would erupt.

Creating a world of sound and visual surrealism with co-creator and guitarist, Nicolas Perez (The Beta Machine, Poppy, Kitten), Holy Wars takes you into the mind of Leon that is raw, beautifully dark and romantically honest. This initial musical form of healing birthed from grief, would then infectiously spread to fans around the world who deeply connected to the words Leon sings from a whisper to a guttural scream. Holy Wars gives a home to those looking for a community of like minded lonelies who feel deeply, are pissed off and want to feel like a badass.

The sound of Holy Wars is laced with driving, heavy bass, atmospheric guitars, industrial sounds, a bit of grunge and a modern dark pop sheen.

Their live show evokes a punk rock energy with a guttural, cathartic performance breaking down the walls between the band and the audience.  Leon is a hurricane of a performer, taunting the audience’s inner demons to come out and dance with hers. Their show is one to witness to really experience what a Holy War is.

After their 2017 debut release ‘Mother Father’, a dedication EP to Leon’s late parents, Holy Wars forged their own unique sound combining dark pop, emotional lyrics, industrial drums, aggressive bass and ambient guitars in their newest single “Born Dark” 

Produced by Hunter Burgan (AFI).

Engineered by Mat Mitchell (NIN, APC, Puscifer) and Jeff Sahyoun (Letlive)

Drums by Jeff Friedl (APC, The Beta Machine, Puscifer)

Following with their upcoming single, “Legend”, released in 2019

Produced by Hunter Burgan (AFI).

Engineered by Mat Mitchell (NIN, APC, Puscifer) and Jeff Sahyoun (Letlive)

Drums by Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle, The Beta Machine, Puscifer)

Additional Vocals: Matt McJunkins (A Perfect Circle, The Beta Machine, Eagles of Death Metal)

Most recent track “Welcome to my Hell”  released in 2019 received praise from Billboard, LadyGunn magazine, Rock Cellar magazine and more as well as currently spinning on Spotify’s editorial playlist Fierce Femmes and radio play on KROQ (holding the top 5 position for weeks on Local’s Only) KCRW, KLOS, WWSK, 88.5, KXRN and more.

Their highly anticipated EP, “Holy Unholy” is set to release Fall 2020-  This collection of music proves to kick your ass with highly energetic songs reminiscent of Rage against the Machine and NIN with a modern dark pop twist in songs little “LITTLE GODZ” and “Get Mine”.  Leon spits lyrics that are an unapologetic commentary on today’s current society and gives the listener a vessel for all the piss and vinegar they feel inside. Holy Wars breaks the 4th wall and brings you into the raw mind of Kat Leon with songs like “IHATEMYSELF” and “Endless”.  

Past Support Slots Include: Black Label Society (NAMM),  Papa Roach (Two Sold Out Nights at The Roxy), Reignwolf (Sold Out – The Roxy & Moroccan Lounge), Death Valley Girls, INVSN, Shy Girl, & many others

Press highlights include: Billboard, Revolver, LA Times, LadyGunn, Alternative Press, The Huffington Post, Rock Cellar Magazine, Earmilk, The Noise, WFNM, Buzzbands LA  and more, Holy Wars buzz has been infectiously building in their short existence.  

As lifetime songwriters and musicians, Leon and Perez’s music has been featured in:  FOX, FOX Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime, Nascar, MLB pregame, The Winter X Games, Women’s World Cup, NFL (Fox Thanksgiving day game), TLC, UFC countdown, Discovery, TVone, Oxygen, UP network, the theme song of “The Gloaming” and connected to brands like Porsche and Roxy Clothing 

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