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Himsa Announce Final Show Of Their Career
June 21, 2008
The Seattle-based metal quintet, Himsa’s, ferocious blend of melodic, unrelenting thrash speed mixed with old-school influences resulted in a savage, unique and uncompromising sound that was welcome, refreshing and undeniable. Over the course of a decade the group delivered three critically acclaimed albums, toured the world relentlessly and sacrificed everything they had in order to ensure the band’s survival.

Derek Harn (bass) further comments: “After 10+ years, four releases, countless tours and almost incomprehensible (yet constant) upheaval, the last three years of the band have been relatively stable. Having sacrificed everything we had in order to ensure the band's survival it's time to let it go. We made a great CD, 'Summon in Thunder'/Century Media), reportedly, our best. We've got a great label. We're getting along, we've toured and we’re fine. It's all good. We're leaving it at that.

“A relatively unremarkable closing to Himsa's gi-normously dramatic career, there appears to be no acrimony or unpleasantness, simply the end of a blistering, phenomenal, tumultuous era of the metal that Himsa permeated into the modern musical landscape. References have been made to the band's evolving difficulties with the relentless touring schedules that have been the hallmark of Himsa's career. If we can't tour, and our reality is we can't tour as we have in the past, then it's not Himsa. Better to hang it up than fade away.”

And, hang it up Himsa will, honoring their legacy with their final performance within the gritty metal confines of El Corazon on August 16, the club they've all called home, for better and for worse, for many years.

For additional information head to www.myspace.com/himsa.
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Himsa Post New Video Online
December 20, 2007
Seattle metalcore unit Himsa wraps up a highly successful North America tour alongside Amon Amarth and Sonic Syndicate this week, which also marks their first stateside trek in support of their new offering, 'Summon In Thunder'. The third episode of Himsa TV, shot by King of Hearts Productions, is also now online which documents some crazy backstage antics, highlights from various shows and gives a look into how the band spend their days off. Click here to check it out.

Johnny Pettibone (vocals) recently checked in to describe his thoughts on the holiday season: My girlfriend and I are spending time with both our families in Seattle and North Bend, Washington. She's baking pies in just her undies and Ill be watching the fights that I missed on tour. My perfect gift would be the Prince of Darkness 24' figure from the movie Legend and a new Integrity hoodie. The worst part of the holidays is if Im away from my family or work really slows down at the club, which usually means Jan. and Feb. are rough. So I make up for that with more skating and less eating, which is rad.

Look for the band on tour throughout North America once again in the spring of 2008. See www.myspace.com/himsa for all tourdates and current news.
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Sonic Syndicate: 'Sonic TV Pt. 3' Video Uploaded
December 3, 2007
The third enstallment of Sonic Syndicates Sonic TV is now online at this location. This episode documents the bands on hijinx while on tour in Europe recently with Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity and Caliban.

Sonic Syndicate are currently making their US debut with Amon Amarth and Himsa. The band will be returning the U.S. next May as direct support to Nightwish! Confirmed dates with Nightwish so far are as follows:

05/05 - Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
05/06 - Webster Theater Hartford, CT
05/07 - Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
05/09 - Centre De Foire Quebec City, QC
05/11 - Cowboys London, ON
05/14 - Garrik Centre Winnipeg, MB
05/15 - The Drink Regina, SK
05/16 - Starlite Room Edmonton, AB
05/17 - MacEwan Hall Ballroom Calgary, AB
05/19 - Sugar Victoria, BC
05/20 - Croation Cultural Centre Vancouver, BC
05/22 - The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
05/23 - House of Blues San Diego, CA
05/24 - House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
05/26 - Ogden Theater Denver, CO
05/27 - Granada Lawrence, KS
05/28 - Pops Sauget, IL
05/29 - The Muse Nashville, TN
05/30 - Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
05/31 - The Pearl Room Mokena, IL

Sonic Syndicate's video for the song "Enclave" has been posted at Youtube, and can be viewed below. The track comes off the Swedish metal band's sophomore CD, 'Only Inhuman', which entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 64 an impressive feat considering the group had never performed in the country prior to the album's release. The CD also landed at No. 22 on the Swedish chart.

Sonic Syndicate's video for the first single off 'Only Inhuman', "Denied", can be viewed at this location.
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Himsa Vocalist Plays Fim Critic On Headbangers Blog
December 3, 2007
Seattle metallers Himsa are currently assaulting the masses across North America on tour alongside Amon Amarth and Sonic Syndicate in support of their new offering, 'Summon In Thunder'. Remaining tour dates are listed below.

Johnny Pettibone (vocals) recently checked in with the Headbangers Blog to play film critic as he listed ten horror movies that he enjoyed the most growing up. Click here to check it out.

The second episode of HIMSA TV, shot by King of Hearts Productions, has also just been posted online. Here the viewer will get a chance to meet the groups new drummer Joe Frothingham, have a look into the bands latest photo shoot and special covers set. Check it out below, and stay tuned each week for new episodes from the road.

Himsa recently completed a very unique video for the track, Big Timber, with director Jared Eberhardt. "Big Timber" is currently in the runnings for MTV2's Headbangers Ball "Video Of The Year" Countdown. Click here to head on over and cast your vote.

Himsa w/ Amon Amarth, Sonic Syndicate:
12/02 - The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
12/03 - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York, NY
12/05 - Le Medley Montreal, QC
12/06 - Opera House Toronto, ON
12/07 - Peabodys Cleveland, OH
12/08 - House of Blues Chicago, IL
12/09 - Station 4 St. Paul, MN
12/11 - Gothic Theater Englewood, CO
12/12 - Avalon Theater Salt Lake City, UT
12/14 - Croatian Cultural Centre Vancouver, BC
12/15 - El Corazon Seattle, WA
12/16 - Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
12/18 - Slims San Francisco, CA
12/19 - The Avalon Los Angeles, CA
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Thy Will Be Done To Open Amon Amarth Show
November 20, 2007
Rhode Island metal titans Thy Will Be Done have been added to the Massachusetts date of Amon Amarth's current North American tour, which also features Himsa and Sonic Syndicate. The band posted the following update on their myspace page:

"Due To The Tragic And Unfortunate Circumstances That Have Impacted Decapitated, We Have Been Invited To Support Amon Amarth On The Massachusetts Date Of Their Tour. Show Your Support On Saturday, December 1st at The Palladium in Worcester, MA!!! If You're In The Area, DON'T MISS THIS SHOW! Get There EARLY!!!"

Thy Will Be Done's Stillborn Records debut , 'Was And Is To Come' was released on October 23rd.
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HOME TOWN: Seattle, WA
John Pettibone (vocals)
Sammi Curr (guitar)
Kirby Johnson (guitar)
Derek Harn (bass)
Chad Davis (drums)

Hailing from the streets of Seattle, HIMSA�s continually evolving, but forever heavy, sound is probably more fitting for the rain capital of the United States than any other Seattleites before them. Where many a day are dark, gloomy, and soaking wet, HIMSA�s music, whether coincidentally or not, justly reflects the city�s dreary atmosphere. Hail Horror, the follow-up to 2003�s critically-acclaimed Courting Tragedy and Disaster, very much continues in that vein.Reversing the meaning of a Sanskrit word for peace and harmony among all creatures, HIMSA�s name now rightfully dubs them the bearers of rage and wrath, essentially translating to �living life with the most amount of harm and evil possible.� With a name emodying the very nature of heavy metal, the HIMSA of this day and age has earned themself the name they�ve had since 1998 through constant touring and undying devotion to the band�s cause.Being chosen for MTV2�s Headbangers Ball Tour alongside Bleeding Through, Arch Enemy, and Cradle of Filth, and having toured with As I Lay Dying, Shadows Fall, and The Black Dahlia Murder, HIMSA has continually upped the ante as a touring machine, clawing their way onto higher-profile tours each time around. The band headlined the Dirty Black Summer Tour, boldly hitting the road in the face of larger touring festivals, and HIMSA�s efforts culminated in the huge success of 2005�s Blackest of the Black Tour, alongside Danzig, Chimaira, and Behemoth.Undergoing their fair share of line-up changes since the band�s early days, HIMSA is now the most tight-knit group the band has seen over its lifetime. With the retention of much of the band�s core from their previous effort, Hail Horror, is a natural evolution fit to follow up to Courting Tragedy, which was dubbed �a manic 11-song effort that�s as speedy and raw as it is technical and melodic� by Revolver, earning the band a highlight as one of 10 bands labeled the �future of metal�. Former guitar slinger Sammi Curr rejoins the fold alongside bandmates John Pettibone (vocals), Chad Davis (drums), Kirby Johnson (guitar), and Derek Harn (bass).Through the course of eight years, fads have come and gone and musical tastes within metal have shifted like the tides just as frequently. But all along, HIMSA�s veins have undoubtably flowed with metal. One foot of the band�s collective conscious has been continually striding forward to lead an ever-evolving metal scene, while the other has remained in the hardcore scene from which they spawned. The result is a mix of Gothenburg melody and unrelenting thrash speed. �Kirby had a lot more input on this album than the last one,� Harn says. �This one follows suit from Courting Tragedy and Disaster, although we�ve gone a little more thrash-oriented this time. Kirby�s style is more Bay Area thrash than what Sammi did on the last album, which was more Swedish influenced.� Combine that with the unparalleled aggression of Pettibone�s vocals, and the HIMSA sound continues to evolve, with each member bringing something different to the band. �There�s more variance of styles,� Harn says about Hail Horror. �This album has a little more to offer a lot more people.�The band enlisted Danish producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Heaven Shall Burn) for engineering, mixing, and mastering of Hail Horror. They also counted on him for housing. �We stayed in one room of his house, except for when we were recording [at Antfarm Studio]. It was one room with two bunk beds and a couch,� Harn says with a laugh. �Tue fucking rules. He was super laid back, and he knew exactly when to speak up, give us direction, and he pushed us when we needed it.�Heralded as one of Metal Hammer�s �25 Bands To Watch,� and receiving on-going video support on Headbanger�s Ball (where the band has twice been special guests), HIMSA has made the album that very well should propel them to the top of the modern-day metal food chain: Hail Horror. With chilling artwork from Stephen Kasner and Madsen�s masterful production, the new music showcases the band�s desire to succeed through a keen sense of brutal catchiness coexisting alongside musical complexity. It is that formula that has allowed the band to continue building a niche in the current metal scene and gaining positive attention from MTV, Metal Maniacs, Kerrang, Revolver, Metal Hammer, and countless outlets. With Hail Horror, HIMSA will continue defining the band�s trailblazing sound. Strap in and get ready.