Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CZAR + Killing Joke

Chicago's Czar emerge with a huge announcement for Spring 2013: the band have secured the coveted direct support slot on Killing Joke's North American tour. Says Czar frontman Jason Novak, "We are absolutely honored to be on the Killing Joke tour and cannot wait to get out there. Killing Joke are legends who have inspired us personally since the beginning."

In addition to the Killing Joke tour, Spring 2013 sees Czar support KMFDM on three shows and play various headlining shows across the nation. Frontman Novak's electronic alter ego, Acucrack, will make post-show DJ appearances in several cities.

While gearing up to hit the road, Czar are completing work on their second full-length album, the follow-up to 2011's Vertical Mass Grave (produced by Hum's Matt Talbott). Of Vertical Mass Grave, Decibel Magazine reported, "Czar get the spirit of the 90s right, a time when heavy, alternative and underground could freely mingle." Canada's Exclaim! Magazine declared, "Somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and Pantera, you'll find Czar... Interesting, off-beat, metronomic and just catchy enough to be exceptional." The band's hometown bible, The Chicago Reader, hailed the album as "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."

March 23 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues w/ KMFDM
March 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall w/ KMFDM
March 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ KMFDM
April 18 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose 
April 19 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza w/ Killing Joke
April 20 - Boston, MA @ Paradise w/ Killing Joke
April 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Killing Joke
April 23 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus w/ Killing Joke
April 24 - Toronto, ON @ Lees Palace w/ Killing Joke
April 26 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Killing Joke
April 27 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Killing Joke
April 28 - Denver, CO @ Summit Room
April 30 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos w/ Killing Joke
May 1 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw w/ Killing Joke
May 2 - Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
May 3 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore w/ Killing Joke
May 4 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick w/ Killing Joke
May 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater w/ Killing Joke

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