Thursday, March 22, 2012

CZAR tour

Chicago's Czar embarks on a short US tour in April, kicking off April 18 in Cleveland with Crowbar and Prong.

Czar's debut full-length, Vertical Mass Grave, was released in December to a flood of praise from critics and fans, comparing the band to the likes of Helmet, Mastodon, and Gojira. Featuring members of Acumen Nation and DJ? Acucrack, stalwarts of Chicago's industrial and electronic scenes, Czar's sound combines ominous atmosphere with machine-like metal and colossal rock melodies. Vertical Mass Grave was recorded by Matt Talbott, guitarist/vocalist of Hum, at Great Western Record Recorders.

April 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's (w/ Crowbar, Prong)
April 19 - Pittsburgh, PA@ 31st St Pub
April 20 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (Year of Shit III Fest)
April 21 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
April 22 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
April 23 - New York, NY @ Precious Metal at Lit Lounge
April 24 - Fairfax, VA @ The Old Firestation #3

"Combining lots of disparate elements into one powerful, anthemic package... their style of metal knows no boundaries."
-MetalSucks

"Aggressive, mechanistic choppiness and pinpoint applications of dissonance make for a perversely compelling listen."
-AV Club

"Czar get the spirit of the 90s right, a time when heavy, alternative and underground could freely mingle."
-Decibel

"Seamlessly fusing a Mastodon-sized slab of riffage and the slightly more clinical approach inherent with death metal..."
-Terrorizer

"It's that sense of tension that gives Czar its bite, showing restraint when it counts and embracing chaos when it's most potent."
-Outburn

"Somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and Pantera, you'll find Czar... Interesting, off-beat, metronomic and just catchy enough to be exceptional."
-Exclaim

"A dense mass of sludgy riffs and breakneck rhythmic changes that has a lot of people saying the words 'Mastodon' and 'Helmet' in close proximity to each other."
-Chicago Reader