The brainchild of guitarist Ryan McArdle and vocalist Kevin Fitzgerald, High Command began in rebellion to the brutal winter months, yet quickly spiraled into a full-bore wrecking machine, initiating the recruitment of like-minded friends, the lineup fleshed-out by guitarist Mike Bonetti, bassist Chris Berg, and drummer Ryan Pitz.
High Command recorded The Secartha Demos at The Paincave with Chris Corey (Mind Eraser, Magic Circle, No Tolerance, Inumerable Forms), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Integrity, Obituary) and was subsequently released on Haftvad Records. About the release, the label states, “With razor-sharp metallic riffs, pure punk adrenaline, and an original Sword and Sorcery theme, High Command delivers a demo of skull crushing fantasy violence and aggressive atmosphere. If the brutal literary worlds of Robert E. Howard and Karl Edward Wagner manifested in the musical form of Sodom, Mercyful Fate, Integrity, and Cro-Mags, “The Secartha Demos” would likely be the result. For those who live for the lust of battle and music that bludgeons with the fury of a spiked-mace.” Shortly thereafter, the label then released the two-song The Primordial Void 7”.