Wednesday, November 30, 2011


With the release of Czar’s debut full-length, Vertical Mass Grave, set for December 6, GunShyAssassin has posted “Diapers”, a track from the album, HERE.
GunShyAssassin founder Chris Harris reports: “So, chances are by now you have heard of Czar, the Chicago trio that defies characterization, as their music contains elements of various metal styles. But at the end of the day, I’d have to call ‘em progressive metal. No matter what umbrella they fall under, Czar fucking rips.”
A recent review on NoiseCreep states, “Czar is an exciting power trio that fans of Mastodon, Killing Joke and even the Jesus Lizard should check out immediately.” Outburn Magazine has named Czar, simply, “thinking man’s metal”.
Czar features members of Acumen Nation and DJ? Acucrack, stalwarts of Chicago’s industrial and electronic scenes. Czar frontman Jason Novak is also founder of Cracknation, the label releasing Vertical Mass Grave on December 6. In addition to putting out music, 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.
Vertical Mass Grave was recorded by Matt Talbott, guitarist/vocalist of Hum, at Great Western Record Recorders (Emery, Open Hand, Adai).