SANTA CRUZ Unveils Lyric Video For 'Into The War';
New Album 'Katharsis' Due Oct. 18
Helsinki hellraisers to support Atreyu on North American tour from Oct. 20 – Nov. 20
The Finnish hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ will release their highly anticipated fourth album, “Katharsis,” on Oct. 18 via M-Theory Audio, two days before the group hits the road with Atreyu on a month-long North American tour.
Today, the group – who have recently shared European stages with the likes of Bon Jovi, Steel Panther and Whitesnake, and whose current single “Tell Me Why” continues to gain traction on America's active rock radio charts – unveils the third advance taste of their new album, the uplifting and anthemic “Into The War.” A lyric video for the song, designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions, can be seen HERE. “Into The War” is also available for streaming across all digital platforms and is one of three “instant grat” tracks that are being offered with digital pre-orders of “Katharsis.”
“Katharsis” – the cover art for which was designed by Tim LeNoir (Guns N' Roses, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons) – can also be pre-ordered on CD and vinyl at our webstore.
Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach), “Katharsis” marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the story of SANTA CRUZ, who made impressive waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the five-year period following the release of their acclaimed 2013 debut. In Europe, the group scored two Top 5 albums in their home country, supported the likes of AC/DC and delivered memorable performances at major events such as the UK's Download Festival. In America, meanwhile, the band appeared on the AXS TV program “Breaking Band,” played notable gigs such as Rock On The Range and the inaugural Motörboat cruise and toured alongside I Prevail, Through Fire, Amaranthe and Sebastian Bach.
Halfway through an American tour with Fozzy last spring, however, founding member Archie Cruz and his then-bandmates parted ways. Soon after, Archie temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to write and record “Katharsis” with Churko at the city's Hideout Recording Studio (In This Moment, Disturbed, Halestorm). “The whole year was very spiritual for me,” Archie recently told KaaosTV. “I had to reevaluate myself, my goals, what I wanted to do... When the whole fallout happened, I saw this as a great opportunity for me to finally put myself out there creatively, the way I wanted to do it for the longest time. It was a blessing in disguise, really.”
While “Katharsis” is not a concept album per se, several of the album's 11 tracks (“Changing of Seasons,” “True Believer,” “Salvation”) address Archie's journey to rebuild SANTA CRUZ. Other songs tackle relationships, for better (“Testify”) or worse (“It Was You”). Perhaps the album's most eye-opening moments, meanwhile, are its two riveting power ballads, the plaintive “I Want You To Mean It” and the soaring “Smoke Signals.” And lest anyone think that the group has lost its affinity for the music of the 1980s, the album's closing track is a faithful but adrenalized cover of Cyndi Lauper's iconic No. 1 hit “Time After Time.” As a whole, “Katharsis” is an exciting, diverse and – dare we say? – mature album that should appeal to fans of classic Sunset Strip hard rock and modern hard rock alike.
Prior to hitting the road with Atreyu, SANTA CRUZ – who earlier this month played their first-ever concerts in Mexico and Brazil – will appear at two of the fall's biggest rock festivals, Louder Than Life (Louisville, Kentucky) and Aftershock (Sacramento, California), where they will perform alongside the likes of Guns N' Roses, Slipknot and Tool. European tour dates will be announced in the near future.
Extreme Progressive Metal Group VINTERSEA Streams New Song 'Befallen'
Second album 'Illuminated' due Sept. 27; pre-orders available now
The up-and-coming Portland quintet VINTERSEA – whose crushing progressive metal draws heavy inspiration from the darkened skies of their native Pacific Northwest – has unveiled a second new track from their forthcoming sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut), “Illuminated.” Take a listen to “Befallen” – a riveting mix of prog, black, death and post-metal – HERE.
"While the title track from "Illuminated" showcases our progressive and melodic side, "Befallen" anchors the back half of the album with desolate atmospherics, cavernous blackened screams, oppressive blast beats, and devastating guitar riffs,” explains guitarist Riley Nix. “Even amid a sea of hopelessness, the song is meant to express resolute will and iron determination in the face of impossible odds."
“Illuminated” will be released on Sept. 27 on CD, digital and limited-edition blue/white vinyl. Pre-orders are available at both the Vintersea Bandcamp and our Webstore. The cover artwork, seen above, was designed by Xenoyr of Australia's Ne Obliviscaris (a group with whom VINTERSEA has performed). The album was engineered and mixed by Gabe Johnston (Idle Hands) and mastered by Troy Glessner (Devin Townsend, Intervals).
Earlier this summer, VINTERSEA – who are fronted by Malaysian-born singer Avienne, whose vocal range spans from haunting melodies to fierce growls – released a music video for the epic, seven-minute title track from “Illuminated,” which can be seen HERE.
VINTERSEA first made waves via their self-released 2017 debut, “The Gravity Of Fall.” Recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason), the album was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending,” while Invisible Oranges praised the band for mixing a “Scandinavian flavor with a distinctly Pacific sound reminiscent of Agalloch and other more progressive moods.”
The group earned additional praise for its dynamic live performances alongside artists such as Arkona, The Ocean and Sirenia. The band's next scheduled concert will take place alongside Jinjer, The Browning and Sumo Cyco at Portland's Hawthorne Theatre on November 2.
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Announces Spring North American Tour With PowerGlove
Guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian to perform with both groups during six-week trek
The extreme progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, who supported guitar icon Marty Friedman on a national tour earlier this year, have confirmed their first tour of 2020 – a six-week North American trek alongside the video game-inspired group PowerGlove. A complete list of dates appears below.
The PowerGlove tour will mark the beginning of a new album cycle for IMMORTAL GUARDIAN, whose acclaimed 2018 sophomore full-length (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Age Of Revolution” was hailed by MetalSucks as “seriously epic.” The record included “Stardust,” the epic, special effects-laden music video for which combined the action-packed narrative of “Armageddon” with a telenovela-worthy love story. Check it out HERE.
Notably, the spring tour will see IMMORTAL GUARDIAN founder Gabriel Guardian doing double duty with both his band and PowerGlove, a group with which he has toured previously. Then again, Gabriel is used to multitasking, as his uncanny ability to play guitar and keyboard simultaneously has been prominently showcased on MTV and websites like Gear Gods.
“I’m so happy to be filling in on guitar/keys with my boys in PowerGlove again. The music is so fun, the fans are wonderful and the shows have a very special energy I don’t get on other metal tours,” states Gabriel Guardian. “And to do all this with my band, Immortal Guardian as direct support, I don’t think it could get any better! Looking forward to a fun tour and back to back sets of insane guitar/keyboard shredding every night! You definitely don’t wanna miss this tour...”
Hailing from the same state as guitar greats Dimebag Darrell and Stevie Ray Vaughan, IMMORTAL GUARDIAN proudly fly the flag of musical innovation and virtuosity for the Lone Star State. The group's sound is a full-frontal assault of anthemic melodies, technical rhythms, furious shred and high-flying vocals by Brazilian vocalist Carlos Zema (ex-Outworld).
IMMORTAL GUARDIAN live (w/ PowerGlove):
3/31 Waterford, NY – Chrome
4/1 Philadelphia, PA – Foundry
4/2 Worcester, MA – Palladium
4/3 Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland
4/4 Elmhurst, NY – Blackthorn 51
4/5 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques
4/6 Quebec City, QC – L'Anti
4/7 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
4/8 Toronto, ON – Mod Club
4/9 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
4/10 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
4/11 Cincinnati, OH – Top Cats
4/12 Westland, MI – Token Lounge
4/13 Joliet, IL – The Forge
4/14 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
4/15 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
4/17 Calgary, AB – Dickens
4/18 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
4/19 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
4/20 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
4/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
4/22 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
4/23 Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
4/24 Santa Ana, CA – Malone's
4/25 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
4/26 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
4/27 Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar and Billiards
4/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joe's
4/29 Denver, CO – Herman's Hideaway
4/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
5/1 Dallas, TX – Trees
5/2 Austin, TX – Come and Take It Live
5/3 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
5/5 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
5/6 Ybor City, FL – Crowbar
5/7 Margate, FL – O'Malley's
5/8 Orlando, FL – Soundbar