Earth Crisis Comment on A.L.F. Situation
July 28, 2010
The guy who Earth Crisis
wrote the song 'To Ashes
' about was just arrested and charged with burning down a fois gras plant and a sheepskin factory. Here where you can read about it. http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.org/
further comments on the situation: "Recently Walter
, the man whose actions inspired our song 'To Ashes
,' has been arrested on alleged arson charges. Our motivation behind writing the song 'To Ashes'
was to show the passion and frustration of a man who reached his boiling point. The extremes that Walter
went to save his brother's life we find inspiring, mainly because they were acts of property destruction against his adversaries, not acts of violence. We wanted to simply document what many in the straight edge community already deemed as a heroic and selfless action. Regarding Walter's
current arrest, we don't have much to say since right now they are merely accusations until he is proven guilty.
"We were also beyond disappointed that we didn't get a chance to play last Sunday at The Sound and Fury Festival
. It was a weekend of cancelled flights, wondering if all the members would even make it out here and three trips to LAX. Hey, at least we can all say we saw a motorcycle in the pit right?
"So far we have about four new songs written and are hoping to start working on vocals this fall. The plan is to have 10 new songs and re-record a few older songs that are live set staples. We are hoping to start recording in January 2011 with an as of yet undetermined producer."
Earth Crisis Prepare For North American Headline Tour
April 13, 2010
chugging riffs and barked declarations served as the mouthpiece of America's militant vegan, straight-edge movement throughout the '90s, detailing the ideas of animal and human liberation, drug-free living and personal empowerment through hardcore music. The group has continued along this path of breaking new ground, constantly working and reaching more people spreading their message to the masses.
After a lengthy hiatus, the band reformed in 2008 to the delight of the hardcore genre. They soon produced the vicious new offering, 'To The Death'
, that undoubtedly proved that they have never been stronger from both songwriting and musicianship perspectives.
will essentially put a close to this successful album's touring cycle with the "Wrath of Sanity
" headlining North American tour. This stellar bill, which kicks off on April 22nd, also features such acclaimed acts as First Blood
and Thick As Blood
. The trek will also hit The New England Metal and Hardcore festival
and conclude at the California Metalfest
. Be sure to visit http://www.myspace.com/earthcrisis
to view their complete touring itinerary.
Longtime drummer Dennis Merrick
will only be playing the first four shows and will be replaced by Andy Hurley
(Fall Out Boy
) for the remainder of the tour. Hurley
further states: "Earth Crisis
is one of my favorite bands ever. They are the reason why I am vegan and straight edge. The origins of most of my philosophical/political beliefs come from them introducing me to a whole new way of thinking. When I was asked to fill in on the upcoming tour, I was beyond stoked. It felt like being called up to the major league, and I think that this will be the most fun I will have on a tour. Be sure to come check it out because this is a band whose songs beat in my heart and who have never forgotten how to write brutally awesome songs."
Earth Crisis Release New Album, Post New Video Online
May 9, 2009
One of the most anticipated and talked about reunions of 2008 was without a doubt the reformation of Earth Crisis
. The pioneers of the hardcore, straight edge movement have crafted their most angst ridden and unrelenting offering of their already stellar career and this effort is going to serve as a much needed wake up call to the masses. The highly anticipated release, 'To The Death'
, is now available as the group embarks on a lengthy U.S. headlining tour with Walls of Jericho
, Reign Supreme
, Blood Stands Still
in the support slots. Be sure to visit www.myspace.com/earthcrisis
to view their complete touring itinerary.
new conceptual video for the crushing track, “To Ashes
,” can now be viewed exclusively at www.myspace.com/metal
, so head over now to check it out.
(guitars) further comments: “This is an exciting time for Earth Crisis
. 'To The Death'
, our first record in nine years, is finally in stores and we couldn't be more proud of it. Paul Romano's
) art came out incredible and Tue Madsen
(August Burns Red
, Winds of Plague
) made us sound the way we always should have. We are currently out on tour and the response to the new songs has been incredible. On top of that we have a new conceptual video for the song ‘To Ashes
.’ It was directed by David Brodsky
(Black Dahlia Murder
, White Chapel
), who did an amazing job capturing the vibe of the song. We hope all our diehard fans go out and buy 'To The Death'
and we promise you won’t be disappointed. See you all soon.”
In 2009, Earth Crisis
has returned to remind everyone what hardcore is all about.
Unholy Streaming Entire New Album Online
May 5, 2009
The Syracuse, NY based metallic hardcore act, Unholy
, and their label Prosthetic Records
are pleased to announce that 'New Life Behind Closed Eyes'
will be up streaming in its entirety on Lambgoat.com starting on Tuesday, May 5th. This gives fans and newcomers an entire week to listen to the full album before it is released on Tuesday, May 12th. And what better place to offer a full stream then Lambgoat.com, seeing as the Unholy's
debut release, 'Blood of the Medusa'
, was released through (the now defunct) Lambgoat Records
back in 2007.
Check out 'New Life Behind Closed Eyes'
and don’t forget to catch Unholy
who are currenty touring across the US with Earth Crisis
and Walls of Jericho
, which kicked off Saturday May 2nd in Fredericksburg, VA. Check out the full list of dates below.
Here’s what guitarist Jonathan Dennison
has to say about the full stream of the band’s upcoming release, 'New Life Behind Closed Eyes'
; “Just when we thought we escaped Lambgoat, the home of NO CARE EVER! Now you get to take the first peak at our new record, two years since our Lambgoat debut. We can't wait to hear the feedback from some of the most creative posters on the internet."
The follow-up to 2007's 'Blood of the Medusa'
), 'New Life Behind Closed Eyes'
was recorded at Syracuse's Moresound Studios
) and sees new vocalist Billy Price
paint a scathing portrait of mankind's failures and shortcomings. The album's concept, written by Dennison
, revolves around an end-time narrative of the final days of humanity delivered by its own hand. Richly detailed artwork furthers the album's unsettling mood, but ultimately, it's the music within -- a very heavy take on the northeastern metal sound, with strong riffs, intense vocals and sharp soloing -- that makes Unholy
impossible to ignore.
'New Life Behind Closed Eyes'
1. Seeker Immortal
2. Children of Eternal Sleep
3. These Wounds Never Heal
4. Into The Flesh Of Another
5. The Blinding Light
6. Look To The Blood
7. No Faith
8. The Followers
9. Behind The Veil Of Darkness
10. New Life Behind Closed Eyes
on Tour w/ Earth Crisis
, Walls of Jericho
, Reign Supreme
and Blood Stands Still
05/04 - Hayloft - Detroit, MI
05/05 - Revolutions Ballroom - Neenah, WI
05/06 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
05/07 - Sokol Underground - Omaha, NE
05/08 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO
05/09 - Marquee - Tulsa, OK
05/10 - Granada - Lawrence, KS
05/11 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
05/12 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
05/13 - Key Club - Hollywood, CA
05/14 - Urgency - Santa Cruz, CA
05/15 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
05/16 - Clubhouse - Phoenix, AZ
05/17 - New Mexico State Fairgrounds - Albuquerque, NM
05/19 - Emo's - Austin, TX
05/21 - House of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
05/22 - Java Jazz - Houston, TX
05/23 - The Max - Dallas, TX
05/25 - Oasis - Winston-Salem, NC
05/26 - Uncle Pleasant's - Louisville, KY
05/27 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
05/28 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
05/29 - Underworld - Montreal, ON
05/30 - Salle Scout - Victoriaville, ON (not part of tour)
05/31 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY
For more info visit http://www.myspace.com/unholy
Walls Of Jericho Prepare For Tour With Earth Crisis
April 29, 2009
Refusing to slow down, Detroit's frontrunning hardcore thrashers Walls Of Jericho
continue on the road in support of their latest release on Trustkill Records
, 'The American Dream'
. Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the bands first CD release, they look forward to hitting the road for a late spring trek with Earth Crisis
, a band that they toured with 9 years ago on their first ever full U.S. tour. Dates kick off May 1 upon the bands return from conquering Europe.
“Walls of Jericho
are beyond excited for this tour! 9 years ago Earth Crisis
took us on our first major U.S. tour and thru the years we've become great friends with everyone in that band. It's a privilege and an honor to share the stage with such an influential band that has changed everyone in this bands life in one way or another. It's gonna be awesome,” says Dustin
of Walls Of Jericho
'The American Dream'
, produced by Ben Schigel
) was deemed by Rock Sound
to be “Another great record from a truly great band” and Metal Hammer
states that Walls of Jericho
is "A band with an edge that devilishly sharpens as the years progress”.
Also listen for the Walls Of Jericho
track "A Long Walk Home
" in the upcoming feature film "Bitch Slap
," already deemed a ‘cult classic”. A modern throwback to the 1950–1970 “B” movie exploitation films, it plays over a very brutal yet slightly funny fight between the film’s heroes and two vicious characters, Hot Wire
, to hit theaters late summer 2009. Check out www.bitchslapmovie.com
w/ Earth Crisis
5/01 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
5/02 - Fredericksburg, VA - KC’s
5/03 - Syracuse, NY - Lost Horizon
5/04 - Detroit, MI - Hayloft
5/06 - Minneapolis, MN - Station 4
5/09 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee
5/10 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
5/11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
5/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
5/13 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
5/14 - San Jose, CA - The Urgency
5/15 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
5/16 - Phoenix, AZ - The Clubhouse
5/17 - Albuquerque, NM - Venue TBA
5/18 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
5/22 - Houston, TX - Java Jazz
5/23 - Dallas, TX - The Max
5/25 - Winston-Salem - Club Oasis
5/26 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
5/27 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
5/30 - Brooklyn, NY - Studio B
5/31 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
For more info on Walls Of Jericho, visit www.myspace.com/wallsofjericho
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HOME TOWN: Syracuse, NY
Karl Buechner - Vocals
Bulldog - Bass
Dennis Merrick - Drums
Erick Edwards - Guitar
Scott Crouse - Guitar
Earth Crisis is known for supporting animal rights (and the Animal Liberation Front) and promoting a straight edge, vegan lifestyle. Lyrics are replete with strong statements, many concerning animal abuse and political issues. The title song from their second 7", entitled Firestorm, with lyrics depicting a neighborhood submerged in drug addiction and criminality, became an anthem for followers of the straight edge ideology.
The first two 7", All Out War (1992) and Firestorm (1993), made the band popular in some hardcore punk and metalcore circles. The next two full-length records, Destroy the Machines (1995) and Gomorrah's Season Ends (1996), brought a more complex and developed form of metalcore. The band's growing popularity was noticed by Roadrunner Records; a new record deal pushed the band to record Breed the Killers (1998), featuring a guest appearance by Machine Head's vocalist and guitarist, Robb Flynn. The band then left the label and returned to Victory Records, releasing 2000's Slither soon after. With clear and professional production, it surprised some listeners and introduced the band's music to a wider audience. The band's final album, Last of the Sane (2001), is Earth Crisis' tribute to those bands which influenced them. Covers of songs by The Rolling Stones, Slayer, Led Zeppelin, and Dead Kennedys were included. This was found amusing by some, but not by others because bands such as Led Zeppelin and Slayer embody much of what Earth Crisis were against.
In 2001, Earth Crisis played their final show at Hellfest in Syracuse, New York. Frontman Karl Buechner, along with Bulldog and Erick Edwards, started the band Freya, previously known as Nemesis. On January 27th, 2007, Earth Crisis played the Maryland Metal and Hardcore Festival, and played a west coast reunion show on May 5th, at the Ventura Theatre. A 10 day tour of Europe was announced shortly after the Ventura show.
Karl Buechner, Erick Edwards, Bulldog, Scott Crouse and Dennis Merrick were also in the band Path of Resistance, which was formed during down time from touring in 1997. The band also consisted of D.J. Rose and Jonathan Dennison.