MetalSucks has posted “Family Crest”, the lead-off track from Czar’s debut full-length, Vertical Mass Grave:
MetalSucks’ review states, “Combining lots of disparate elements into one powerful, anthemic package, Czar are one of those bands who could build a bridge between those who consider themselves tr00 and those who just wanna rock; their style of metal knows no boundaries.”
Czar features members of Acumen Nation and DJ? Acucrack, stalwarts of Chicago’s industrial and electronic scenes. Czar’s sound expands upon those roots to incorporate influences ranging from Helmet and Mastodon to Failure and Jesu. Outburn Magazine has hailed Czar as “thinking man’s metal” and the Chicago Reader has described its music as “a rich diversity of guitar sounds and textures, riveted in place by inventive percussion”.
Vertical Mass Grave was recorded by Matt Talbott, guitarist/vocalist of Hum, at Great Western Record Recorders (Emery, Open Hand, Adai). The album is set for a December 6 release on Cracknation, the label founded in 2002 by Czar’s Jason Novak. In addition to releasing music by Czar, Acumen Nation, and DJ? Acucrack, Cracknation has functioned as a production house, creating instrumental tracks for TV shows (True Blood, MTV Music Awards), original scores for videogames, and remixes for the likes of KMFDM, Frontline Assembly, and Prong.