Band Photo: Himsa (?)
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
Formed in 1998, Himsa has stood through intense beginnings that could only tear other bands apart. Having grown through many line-up changes, Himsa has progressed into an original metal-hybrid band that has its roots firmly planted in the hardcore scene. The combination of speed and technical precision in their music leads to mind-numbing changes and hints of harmonic thrash-metal not seen before in a band from this genre.
No stranger to determination or ambition, Himsa has seen parts of the world no-one would think of playing. Himsa has paved the way for touring bands in reaching the outskirts of an unrecognized fan base. Arranged by Himsa's bass player, Derek Harn, Himsa successfully toured and played in some of the most remote areas to be touched by hardcore. Many of the cities visited had never hosted a touring band of any kind, let alone a band from another country. China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan were some of the countries that graciously hosted and supported an amazing experience for the band.
The name Himsa is a Sanskrit word that has varied meanings in different cultures, mostly with violent or negative connotations. Derek offers his reasoning, "I don't want to give a strict definition because you may find it means something different to someone else and it kind of relates to how I want our music to be thought of." The band's focus is not as political or personal, as it is aggressive. "We look at our negative surroundings and expel our disgust through our music to cleanse our existence."
Look for Himsa on the West Coast with the new and improved line up and prepare for another lp entitled The Blind Strategy Of Transition out in the Spring of 2002.
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Another handful of dates have been booked for Himsa's "Dirty Black Summer Tour", which features Scars Of Tomorrow, Full Blown Chaos, The Agony Scene and The Esoteric on select stops, here's the latest:
June 17th Jun San Diego, CA - Epicenter
June 22nd Jun El Paso, TX - T-Lounge
June 23rd Jun Dallas, TX - Galaxy Club
June 30th Jun Grand Rapids, MI - Ten Bells
Himsa has confirmed dates for their summer tour being billed as the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour also features Full Blown Chaos, Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. Dates are as follows:
June 13 - Sacramento, CA @ Boardwalk
June 16 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go-Go
June 17 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
June 18 - Tucson, AZ @ Skrappys
June 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Brickhouse
July 5 - Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
July 6 - Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown
July 7 - New York, NY @ CBGBs
July 8 - Albany, NY @ Saratoga Winners
July 9 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
July 12 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jackrabbits
July 16 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 17 - Springfield, MO @ Rockwell
July 18 - Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
July 20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Café
HIMSA's video for "Cherum" from their latest album 'Courting Tragedy and Disaster" is now streaming online here.
In other news, FULL BLOWN CHAOS has been added to the "Dirty Black Summer Tour". Here is the billing for that tour:
HIMSA - headlining
SCARS OF TOMORROW - direct support
FULL BLOWN CHAOS - last opener
THE AGONY SCENE - second opener
THE ESOTERIC - opener
The tour will kick off June 12 in Portland, OR and end July 24 in Seattle. The only confirmed date as of now is for June 16 in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky A Go-Go.
Himsa are to do their first US headlining tour this summer with Scars of Tomorrow, The Agony Scene, and The Esoteric. The tour is being called the "Dirty Black Summer" tour. The tour starts June 12th in Portland, OR and ends July 24th in Seattle, WA.
Himsa will be doing a benefit show with Owen Hart, Killing the Dream, and The Answer June 11th in Seattle, WA at The Paradox.
Seattle's Himsa are currently preparing to enter Antfarm Studios in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (The Haunted) to begin recording their new album. Titled "Hail Horror," the album is tentatively slated for a September release via Prosthetic Records.
A cadre of hard rock acts led by Opeth, Unearth, Poison The Well and Clutch are uniting for the inaugural Sounds of the Underground summer festival tour. The bill will hit the road in North America in late June and run through late July.
With organizers promising the addition of a notable headlining act, others already confirmed for the full tour are From Autumn To Ashes, Chimaira, Norma Jean, Every Time I Die, Strapping Young Lad, Throwdown, High On Fire, DevilDriver, All That Remains, A Life Once Lost and veteran horrorcore group Gwar, which will present a "halftime show."
Madball has been drafted for the eastern half of the tour, with Terror picking up on Western dates. Regional additions include the Red Chord (East Coast), Fear Before The March Of Flames (Midwest, Southeast) and Himsa (West).
"This tour will show the masses that real music is alive and well," Unearth's Trevor Phipps says. "The Sounds of the Underground will prove that you don't need 'pop-culture' to embrace your sound and way of life."
The tour is being produced by Face the Music Touring agent Tim Borror, Ferret label executive/artist manager Paul Conroy, Ferret label owner Carl Severson and artist manager Larry Mazer. The group has pledged to keep ticket prices below $30.
Dates for the trek have not yet been announced. The Sounds of the Underground Tour website will launch soon with full details.
Arch Enemy has issued the following statement regarding their cancelled show with Cradle of Filth at the Irving Plaza, New York on Dec. 14:
We're here at the Irving Plaza as you know, and we've just been given some devastating news. The show has been cancelled tonight, due to reasons entirely beyond our control. We have been told that Dani from Cradle of Filth has been taken ill and they cannot do the show tonight. When the promoter found out, he decided to pull the entire show, even though Arch Enemy was more than ready and to go ahead and just play the show anyway. We talked with our friends in Bleeding Through and Himsa and they thought the same as us - we all wanted to play.
We are totally, totally gutted about this. We cannot believe this decision from the promoter, but we've been told there is NOTHING we (or anybody else) can do about it. Worst of all, it's a sold out show, so we know how many people will be disappointed. The guys from Himsa even got on the phone to other promoters and venues in the area, to see if we could all go and play a three band show somewhere else, but with such short notice it just isn't happening.
I just don't know what else to say, we are all sitting here stunned right now. This has been one of our best ever US tours, and to end it like this, totally powerless, just SUCKS BEYOND BELIEF!! We are so on fire right now, the last week of shows have been amazing, this one was shaping up to be even better! Talk about a total let-down.
As you can imagine it's total chaos at the venue right now, I'm gonna get kicked off this machine soon - no doubt there'll be more on this subject from me soon but as you know we're flying to London in the morning for our big show (at least there's still that to look forward to)! Anyway, just wanted to say 'sorry' to all our fans in NYC who were coming along to see us; I'm sure you'll understand that there was nothing we could do here, but we will be back to see you next year...
Cradle Of Filth is still on tour in the US in support of their latest release, "Nyphetamine." What's the latest from the road? Bassist Dave Pybus checks in with the following: More...
Cradle of Filth will be making an in-store appearance at Vancouver's Scrape Records on December 1, 2004 at 4 PM to meet and greet fans and sign autographs. The in-store signing session will be a great opportunity for everyone to get out there and meet the band. This marks Cradle of Filth's second appearance at Scrape Records.
Later that same night, Cradle of Filth will be performing live at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, headlining the MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour. Supporting acts will be Arch Enemy, Bleeding Through, and Himsa.
For more information on the in-store, go here.
How are things going on the road for Cradle Of Filth? The band is currently touring the US in support of their latest release, "Nymphetamine"...and bassist Dave Pybus writes in with the following:
Sun 31 October - Quebec, Le Capitol Theatre More...
Here's an article posted on Seattle Weekly on Himsa:
On my signal, unleash hell." You know that one. Russell Crowe growls it in that Oscar-winning Australian-Roman accent before many a punk-ass infantryman gets run through in Gladiator. The catchphrase doubles as the voice mail of Himsa's black-hooded "whisperer/screamer" Johnny Pettibone, which poses a few intriguing Psych 101 questions: Is the frontman metaphorically trumpeting his own calling to lead his metalcore quintet to "war"? Is Pettibone an admirer of obscenely talented assholes, or perhaps one himself? Most curious of all: Why is the author of this feature pathologically obsessed with how the poor guy chooses to employ his answering service?
My answer is probably as simple as Pettibone's: I called him for an interview three weeks ago and wound up doing the loop-de-loop in Maximus voice-mail hell. Not like he didn't have a good excuse—Himsa's bus crapped out in South Carolina and weary-but-accommodating bassist Derek Harn was the only longhair not completely crashed out in a cheap motel. Actually, the conversational musical chairs were appropriate in more ways than one. Harn was the only man in the room who had been there from the beginning, co-founder of a beloved local outfit that has already seen 13 members in just six years.
Read the full article at Seattle Weekly.
The queue was winding around the corner when I arrived at The Palladium. It was around 7 and the venue was already packed. I was amazed to find out that the crowd was predominantly made up of hardcore kids. I saw only a few painted faces here and there. I remember thinking during the day that it's a very brave decision on behalf of the organizers to mix black metal and hardcore fans and I was convinced ( judging from my overseas experience) that a bunch of fights would ensue. Fortunately, this didn't happen. The American fans seemed tolerant of other people's musical tastes. More...
The two people that were allegedly stabbed by a security guard at the Cradle of Filth concert in Cincinnati Monday night (Nov. 8) have been identified as Chris Alsip, the frontman of the Ohio-based brutal straight-edge hardcore band Suffocate Faster, and James Shestina, 18, of Athens, according to The Enquirer.
Police say Donald Germany (photo), 21, a University of Cincinnati defensive end and special teams player on a scholarship, pulled out a knife and stabbed the two men. Neither of the victims was seriously hurt. More...
The December 15th date for the HEADBANGERS BALL III tour, featuring CRADLE OF FILTH, ARCH ENEMY, BLEEDING THROUGH, HIMSA, at the 9:30 club in Washington D.C has officially been cancelled. No official word or reason has been released, but the show is 100% off according to siN.
CRADLE OF FILTH have announced a new date for their upcoming Toronto appearance on the Headbangers Ball Tour with ARCH ENEMY, BLEEDING THROUGH and HIMSA.
The new date for the Toronto show is Sunday, December 12th at Kool Haus. Tickets for the show are on sale now through Ticketmaster outlets, Rotate This, Sonic Temple or by calling (416) 870-8000. Order online at www.ticketmaster.ca or www.hob.ca. The general admission/all ages show will begin at 7:30 PM.
As previously reported, upcoming Headbangers Ball tour dates include: More...
Atlanta's "artistic melodic dark metal" band LILITU have announced the addition of bassist Eric Smith to the group's ranks. "We are proud to have a super motivated person in the band!" the group write on their web site. Also joining the band is keyboardist Jonah Weingarten from the group PYRAMAZE.
In other news, LILITU have been added to the Atlanta date on the "Headbanger's Ball Tour" featuring CRADLE OF FILTH, ARCH ENEMY, HIMSA and BLEEDING THROUGH. The show will take place on November 13 at the Masquerade. "We go on promptly at 7PM, so everyone please get there early to catch our set!" the band write. "We will have new goodies and will be giving away a few copies of the new album. We hope to see everyone there, until then...rock on!"
LILITU's third CD, "The Delores Lesion", was released last month via The End Records.
Seattle's Himsa have been writing material for their next full-length as of late. According to the group, "Writing for the new LP is going very well and the band has several new songs that are proving to be some of our favorites so far." Pre-production for the album will begin shortly after the band returns home from their upcoming stint on the Headbangers Ball tour, where they will likely be playing several of their new songs. In related news, work has been progressing on the DVD that Himsa have been producing in recent weeks. A show in Seattle was taped for the live DVD in late-August, footage of which consists of five camera angles. The DVD, which is entitled "You've Seen TOo Much," will also feature unreleased versions of two songs, tour footage, photos, and commentary. You can view a teaser for the DVD here. Finally, details are still being worked out for another Himsa Christmas show at Graceland in Seattle.
Seattle's Himsa have uploaded a "teaser" for their upcoming DVD, "You've Seen Too Much", at this location.
"You've Seen Too Much", due on January 25 via Prosthetic, will include the complete concert from the band's sold out Graceland show in Seattle this past summer, behind-the-scenes footage, and the uncensored videos for "Rain To The Sound of Panic" and "A Girl In Glass".
As previously reported, Himsa have secured the opening slot on this fall's "Headbanger's Ball Tour" beginning November 4 in Sayreville, NJ. The tour also features Bleeding Through, Arch Enemy, and headliners Cradle Of Filth. A complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is available at this location.
Arch Enemy will be releasing a new EP, entitled "Dead Eyes See No Future," on November 15 in Europe and on November 30 in North America through Century Media Records. The EP is a mixture of live tracks and cover versions and was initially released in Japan only while the band were touring there a few months ago. Since then, an extra live track, "Heart Of Darkness," has been added, as well as the video for "We Will Rise."
Here is the track listing: More...
Roadrunner Records is releasing the long-awaited MTV2 Headbangers Ball Volume 2 Compilation this Tuesday. 40 tracks from 40 of the hottest acts in mainstream heavy metal and in the underground, for one low price. Who needs the radio, when you have this awesome play list to pop in the CD player. MTV has put up a full preview of the album, which you can access by clicking here