"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1994
From: New York, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Crisis News

Below is our complete Crisis news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Crisis Goes On Indefinite Hiatus

Crisis have announced plans to go an indefinite hiatus, issuing the following statement:

"All of us in Crisis would like to let our very faithful and diehard fans know that the band is going on an indefinite hiatus. We are sorry that our fans will not be hearing any new music from us in the near future. Crisis has had a long and fruitful life thus far. Therefore, we don't feel the need to justify our decision specifically. The band members will be focusing on their personal lives, as well as pursuing other artistic interests. In the meantime we strongly urge our fans to support original and honest artists and their music; a lot of them can be found on The End Records roster. We would especially like to thank our dedicated fans the world over for sticking so closely with us over a span of 12 years and more. We would also like to thank Andreas Katsambas and The End Records crew from the bottom of our hearts for all their support. If Crisis ever thinks about releasing another album it would be a pleasure for us to work with The End again."

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Crisis Gets Replacement Bassist For Tour

Crisis are on the road as part of The World AbomiNations Tour. Along with veteran Bay Area thrash legends Exodus as headliners, Crisis is sharing the stage with Canada’s 80’s-fueled metal regime 3 Inches Of Blood and heavyweights Watch Them Die. Tour Dates are shown below.

In other Crisis news, Crisis has announced the departure of Gia Wang, their bass player for the last 12 years. Due to family commitments Gia will be unable to continue to be a part of Crisis. The band wishes Gia well in all his future endeavors. Nick Weitzel, a friend of the band, will be filling in on bass guitar for the Exodus tour. Crisis will hold auditions for a permanent bass player position starting in November.

"We are looking for an aggressive! player who can perform with a live intensity as well as be a creative force in our improvisational style of songwriting. We prefer a player that uses a pick unless you think you are the next Cliff Burton. SERIOUS CANDIDATES ONLY!"

2.) You must learn the following 4 Crisis songs on your own and send either an AUDIO or VIDEO with AUDIO RECORDING of you playing "A Graveyard for Bitches", "Waking the Dead", "Politics of Domination" and "Nomad".

Send submissions to:

Crisis Bass Player Auditions
c/o The End Records
331 Rio Grande #58
Salt Lake City, UT 84101 USA

If you are invited to audition you will have to make your own way to California. All candidates must be willing to relocate to Southern California.

The following dates with Exodus, 3 Inches Of Blood, and Watch Them Die. More...

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Crisis Frontwoman To Sell Art on EBAY

CRISIS frontwoman Karyn Crisis will be selling her original artwork throughout August on eBay at this location. The first four pieces for sale are the coveted hand-painted photographs from her 1998-1999 limited-edition "Blood" series and are four of only 12 remaining pieces in this series: "Wielding the Way", "Scraping the Pins", "Into Darkness", and "Sickness". These hand-painted photographs are on 5" by 8" photo fiber paper and are all numbered and signed by Karyn Crisis.

CRISIS will be teaming up with EXODUS (headliners) and 3 INCHES OF BLOOD for a U.S. tour beginning in early October. The band will be touring in support of their latest album, "Like Sheep Led to Slaughter", which came out in May 2004 through The End/Children Of Rage Records. CRISIS' video for the track "Blood Burden" was shot in April 2004 with director Darren Doane (DEFTONES, AFI, THURSDAY, NILE). A follow-up clip, "Waking the Dead", was filmed at the site of an abandoned women's hospital in the boiler and patient rooms late in January.

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Exodus, 3 Inches Of Blood And Crisis Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming "World AbomiNations" tour featuring EXODUS, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, and CRISIS:

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Crisis To Appear On FUSE's Metal Asylum

Karyn Crisis and Jwyanza Hobson of Crisis will be special guests on the FUSE TV's "Metal Asylum" with Juliya airing July 8th. It will also be the Metal Asylum premiere of Crisis' "Waking the Dead" video on FUSE. If you like Crisis and like what you see let your voice be heard and vote for repeats of the show at Fuse's Blog for Metal Asylum.

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Crisis To Be Featured On Metal Masters

Crisis will be featured on Metal Masters, FL. The crisis interview will air this Saturday night on Metal Masters: The show airs at 3am-4am on WTOG UPN 44 (without cable) or Brighthouse Cable Channel 4 inside Florida. For those outside the Tampa Bay area, check your local listings.

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Crisis Cancel Fury Fest Appearance

CRISIS have cancelled their June 26, 2005 appearance at Fury Fest in Le Mans, France. The band have nixed their European festival date because their European manager, Jeremy Nakache, was not able to negotiate the proper airfare coverage to the annual event with the festival promoters. This was a last-minute shock to the band, and the group is unable substantiate making the trip at their own expense.

CRISIS wants to apologize to their fans in Europe. It is a disappointment and the band hopes to make it up to their fans in Europe at a later date.

In other live show news, CRISIS is going on the road starting mid-June with M.O.D. and JACKNIFE as part of the "Killith Fair" tour. The tour's official web site has just launched and there fans can find information for all three bands, MP3s, dates, forums and free ticket giveaways. Shows are still being booked, so watch for updates.

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Official Killith Fair Tour Website Launched

The Official Killith Fair tour (Crisis, M.O.D. and Jacknife) website is now live - http://www.killithfair.com. There is info for all 3 bands, MP3s, dates, forums and free ticket giveaways. Shows are still being booked, so watch for updates. Also note that Beyond The Embrace will play the June 28th show in Attleboro, MA at Jarrod's Place. All the shows are all ages.

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Crisis Work On New Songs With Ex-Society 1 Drummer

Crisis have started working on new songs with drummer Justin Arman (ex-Society 1), who has previously played with the band as a substitute. The group's last drummer, Ryan Ball, was fired in February and arrested in Pennsylvania on armed-robbery charges shortly thereafter. The new disc should be finished by early next year. In the meantime, Crisis will launch a tour with M.O.D. and Beyond the Embrace on June 8 in Texas.

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Crisis Takes Aggressive Tendencies To Airwaves

Crisis will be interviewed live, Wednesday, April 27 at 10PM on Indie 103.1 FM KDLD/KDLE on their metal show called CHAOS by DJ Jackie. This station is fast becoming the most popular commercial radio station in Southern California, giving KROQ more than a run for their money. 103.1 FM boasts Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Rob Zombie, Henry Rollins and Dickie Barett (Mighty Bosstones) as just some of the DJ's that have daily or weekly shows on the radio station.

The band released their debut album for The End Records, titled "Like Sheep Led to Slaughter," last year and have toured non-stop in support of it. The band next hits the road this summer with headliners M.O.D. and Beyond The Embrace.

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Crisis To Support M.O.D., New Video For Download

Crisis has been confirmed as the main support to the M.O.D. tour starting early June. Beyond The Embrace will open as well.

The new Crisis video "Waking The Dead" is available for download. The files are in QuickTime and are available in 3 different sizes. "Waking the Dead" was directed by Nicole Phillips, filmed by Richard Stark and Mark Mauricio, edited by Rajeev Dassani.

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Crisis Seeking Replacement Drummer

Crisis is currently seeking a replacement drummer. They are asking you to send either a audio or video recording of you playing the first 4 songs off "Like Sheep Led To Slaughter" to: CRISIS c/o The End Records. 331 Rio Grande St. 58, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 USA. You will be required to locate to the L.A. area at your own expense.

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Crisis Comment On Former Drummer's Arrest

CRISIS have issued a statement in an attempt to clarify published news reports about Ryan Ball being the CRISIS drummer and being arrested for an armed robbery in Pennsylvania yesterday, February 28, 2005.

"Contrary to published news reports Ryan Ball was let go from his duties as the CRISIS drummer over two weeks ago," the band write in the statement. "We are currently working with another drummer, Justin Arman (ex-SOCIETY 1) while still looking for a permanent replacement. We want it to be clearly known that two weeks ago we asked Ryan Ball to return to Pennsylvania. Preparations for Justin Arman to participate with us at Independence-D Fest in Japan and at SXSW were made over a month ago.

"Although, we've announced Ryan's joining CRISIS, Ryan never became a permanent member of the band. He had rehearsed with us three times when we realized this was not working out. As soon as Ryan arrived in California we were alarmed by the fact that his immigration was not in status, as he'd previously told us, and experienced the chaos of his personality that we envisioned could cause problems similar to the ones he is facing now. We take our music seriously and want to work with professional and dedicated musicians and thus had to let Ryan go. It is unfortunate that within two weeks our concerns and hesitations for him have been proven right."

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More Bands Confirmed For Fury Fest

Slayer, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and Suicidal Tendencies are among the latest confirmations for the 2005 edition of the Fury Fest, set to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Japan's Independence D Festival Details

Japan's 1st annual Independence D Festival, a 3 day event set to take place at Studio Coast Shinkiba in Tokyo. Is kicking off from March 11th through the 13th, a host of artists from all over the world will be taking part in this prestigious event. Lineup's for the festival are below:

Day 2 - March 12


Day 3 - March 13


More acts are set to be announced daily!

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Kittie, Otep, Crisis Philly Show Report

I recently attended the Kittie, Otep and Crisis show in Philadelphia on October 10th, 2004. I was supposed to have a photo pass but due to circumstances out of my control that didn't happen, so I apologize to all for not having any pictures to share with you. Anyway, here's my report of the night: More...

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Soulfly Show Report From September 14th

Due to a few circumstances this took longer then expected to put online, and I apologize to all for that, but without further delay here is the show review: More...

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Metal Movement Tour Dates Announced

Canadian metal band Kittie will be teaming up with Otep and Crisis for the Metal Movement Tour beginning on September 27 in Farmingdale, NY.

Kittie were forced to cancel several dates on their North American headlining tour last month after the band's drummer, Mercedes Lander, was hospitalized due to severe dehydration and exhaustion.

The group are touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End," which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).

Upcoming Kittie tour dates: More...

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Soulfly, Ill Nino Confirmed For Window Rock Fest

Soulfly have been confirmed as the headliners of "Window Rock Fest II" on August 14, 2004 in Window Rock, Arizona. Dubbed the largest metal music festival on Native American Soil, the one-day event will feature performances by 34 bands of hardcore, rock, punk, and blues music on three stages, a rave with DJ Abel, A skateboarding and bike competition, and main stage MCed by The Lizardman. Direct support at the festival will come from Ill Nino, with additional performances by Death Angel and Crisis. They will all be supported by 21 of the best Navajo/Native American metal/punk bands around, and some of the best bands from the southwest.

The main stage will be MCed by The Lizardman, described as "one of the most complete sideshow performers in history." In addition to his unique physical transformation, he has mastered an incredible repertoire of unusual acts and skills. He and his stage partner, Scott, combine these skills with extensive and diverse experience in live performance to create one of a kind show for all occasions.

On the main stage will be an exhibition by Fireblood, a team of body modification experts that use the art of suspension, piercing the flesh with hooks and being hoisted up in the air by wires attached to the hooks, in their act. There will also be an amateur skateboarding and bike competition by Tsosie Shindig in the Gorman Hall, which will be turned into the savage skateboarding and bike pavilion.

After the competition is completed and the bands performing on the third stage are finished, then DJ Abel will take over with his own brand of DJing for the rave, which will last until the closing of the event at 2:00 am.

Parts of the proceeds are going to the development of a skateboarding park for the youth of the Navajo Nation, which will be planned for the Window Rock area.

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Soulfly, Crisis and Ill Nino Tour Dates

The Soulfly, Crisis and Ill Nino tour kicked off today in Spokane Washington. The rest of the dates are as follows:

8/4 - Spokane, WA - Big Easy Concert House
8/5 - Seattle, WA - Graceland
8/6 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
8/7 - Sacramento, CA - The Colonial Theatre
8/8 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
8/10 - San Diego, CA - Cane's Bar & Grill
8/11 - W.Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
8/12 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
8/13 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
8/15 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
8/17 - El Paso, TX - Club Xcape
8/18 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
8/19 - Moore, OK - Diamond Ballroom
8/20 - Austin, TX - The Backroom
8/21 - Corpus Christi, TX - The Pavilion
8/22 - McAllen, TX - La Villa Real
8/24 - Houston, TX - Meridian
8/25 - Ft. Worth, TX -Ridglea Theatre
8/26 - Springfield, MO - Rockwell
8/27 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont
8/28 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
8/29 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
8/31 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Pieres
9/2 - Minneapolis, MN - Quest Club
9/3 - Milwaukee, WI - The Eagles Club
9/4 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
9/5 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
9/8 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
9/9 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
9/10 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
9/11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza (tba)
9/12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
9/12 - Philadelphia, PA -Theatre of the Living Arts
9/15 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
9/16 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
9/17 - Slayerville, NJ - Starland Ballroom

Crisis' video "Blood Burden" (Low / High) currently getting aiplay on MTV2 "Headbangers Ball" and other regional outlets. You can download an mp3 of the song here. Crisis is also planning to release a DVD on October '04.

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