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Earth Crisis

Formed: 1991
From: Syracuse, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Earth Crisis News

Below is our complete Earth 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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Heavy Metal Black Friday Deals Revealed

It's almost Black Friday again (which for many stores has essentially just become "Black Month" as the sales start earlier and employees are expected to work all Thanksgiving) and you might not think that matters to metalheads, but many of the labels actually jump on that bandwagon.

Best of all - you don't have to go to a store at four in the morning to get these deals.

The holiday / Thanksgiving / Christmas sales are already ramping up through the various online distros, so if you're looking for new music on a budget, these heavy metal Black Friday deals will help you find new tunes.

This is just the start though, so check back in each day as we add in more deals. Specifically look for Amazon to launch something big soon, as that online juggernaut usually does $5 albums that rotate out each day. If you know of any metal sales that aren't listed below, be sure to leave a comment and we'll get it added.

And it's here - the Amazon $5 digital album sale arrives! Grab digital copies of music from Megadeth, Rage Against The Machine, Veil of Maya, Slayer, and more in rotating deals on full-length albums.

Most of the stock on the Nuclear Blast America shop - CDs, vinyl, shirts, etc. - are on sale for the "Blackest Friday," up to 45% off.

The Razorback Records webstore is offering 25% off your order if you buy at least $10 worth of music through November 30th.

The Thanksgiving Week Sale is now going at the Facedown Records web store with albums on sale for as little as $1.

Bullet Tooth is offering vinyl bundles on discount, ranging from $15 - $50 and featuring music from Earth Crisis, Memphis May Fire, Ritual, and more.

The Omega Order is offering 25% off a large selection of death metal, gore grind, and grindcore discs this week.

Comatose Music has an ongoing sale where you get a free CD of $10 or less if you buy three CDs totaling $30 - the deal stacks too, so you can get two free CDs at $60 and three free CDs at $90. More...

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Earth Crisis Streaming "The Discipline"

The wait is over and fans can finally hear the first song and title track off the upcoming record “The Discipline” from Earth Crisis. Check it out below, thanks to Lambgoat.com. “The Discipline” will drop on May 19th via Bullet Tooth.

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Friends And Fans Discuss Impact Of Earth Crisis

While Earth Crisis is preparing for newest release “The Discipline” (due out May 19th on Bullet Tooth), a few friends and fans got together to speak about what the band means to them.

20 years after debut album “Destroy The Machines” was released, Davey Havok (AFI), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Toby Morse (H2O), Dan Smith (LA Ink), Paul Waggoner (Between The Buried And Me), Peter Young (ALF), and Joel Capolongo (Sea Shepard) discuss those songs, the messages, and the impact Earth Crisis has had on their lives and the straight edge and animal rights movements worldwide. Check it out below.

“Without Earth Crisis, I may have never become vegan.” - Davey Havok (AFI)

“Earth Crisis are the entire reason why I became vegan straight edge.” - Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy)

Founding member, guitarist and song writer Scott Crouse, commented, "We think the songs on
'Destroy The Machines' are still strong, and relevant, two decades later. We have always wanted to re-record them, and figured the 20 year anniversary of the album was a fitting occasion. Our intention isn't to erase the original versions, just offer another version we feel will offer the power and clarity the songs deserve. We also decided to record two songs we demo'd years ago because they're great and people need to hear them! 'Behind The Mask' and 'Time Of Strife' are timeless and we think ExC fans will love them."

See the band live on these dates:

April 4 - Fayetteville, NC @ Empire w/ Biohazard, Sworn Enemy
April 5 - Jacksonville, FL @ South East Beast Fest w/ Life Of Agony, Biohazard
May 16 - New York, NY @ BNB Bowl w/ Madball, Candiria More...

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Earth Crisis Announces "The Discipline" EP

Earth Crisis' chugging riffs and barked declarations served as the mouthpiece of America's vegan straight-edge movement throughout the '90s, detailing the ideals of animal and human liberation, drug-free living, and personal empowerment through hardcore music.

The band is proud to announce a new 4 song 7" vinyl and CD release, titled "The Discipline," is coming May 19th, 2015 on Bullet Tooth.

The EP will have two newly recorded songs from the band's pioneering debut album "Destroy The Machines," and two tracks die-hard fans may recognize from unreleased demos from the 90s.

Founding member Scott Crouse commented, "We think the songs on 'Destroy The Machines' are still strong, and relevant, two decades later. We have always wanted to re-record them, and figured the 20 year anniversary of the album was a fitting occasion. Our intention isn't to erase the original versions, just offer another version we feel will offer the power and clarity the songs deserve. We also decided to record two songs we demo'd years ago because they're great and people need to hear them! 'Behind The Mask' and 'Time Of Strife' are timeless and we think ExC fans will love them."

See Earth Crisis live on these dates:

April 4 - Fayetteville, NC @ Empire w/ Biohazard, Sworn Enemy
April 5 - Jacksonville, FL @ South East Beast Fest w/ Life Of Agony, Biohazard
May 16 - New York, NY @ BNB Bowl w/ Madball, Candiria
May 30 - Rennes, France @ Superbowl Of Hardcore

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Earth Crisis Releases Lyric Video For New Track

Earth Crisis released a lyric video for the new track "Out of the Cages" and premiered it over at Revolver's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the new album "Salvation of Innocents," which releases in North America on March 18th via Candlelight Records.

The focal point of Salvation Of Innocents is aimed at ending human injustices towards animals and the environment in the ever-antagonistic Earth Crisis style, and as boldly exemplified in the brand new lyric video for the album's second of twelve massive tracks, "Out Of The Cages." Through underground activist footage the band's lyrical intent with the song is unquestionable, and their vibrant, modern tone is ultra apparent in the musical backdrop for of the video.

Stated guitarist Scott Crouse of the track, "'Out Of The Cages' is one of my favorite songs on Salvation... Everyone watch the lyric video, and do your homework, because it'll be a live set staple for sure."

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Earth Crisis Reveals New Album Details

Candlelight Records today confirms March 3rd for Europe and March 4th as the North American release date for "Salvation of Innocents," the label debut from hardcore/metal pioneers Earth Crisis.

Mixed by Zeuss (Agnostic Front, Terror, Hatebreed), the album and its lead single, "The Morbid Glare," will be available for preorder via iTunes and other digital platforms beginning January 21st.

"Salvation of Innocents" features twelve new tracks from the Syracuse-formed band. Guitarist Scott Crouse shares, "The process for this album was new for us. We did most of it ourselves. The absence of pressure having to get things done by a certain time each day really gave us the freedom to try new ideas and critically listen to the songs. From the music, to the lyrical concept, to the comic book that brings the lyrics to life, we think we've created something pretty unique."

The comic book Crouse mentions is the pairing of Earth Crisis with Black Mask Studios' Liberator comic. The hard-edged vigilante series will release its fifth edition simultaneously with the release of "Salvation of Innocents."

The Matt Miner created comic brings its main character and the album's vivisection concept together in a commanding graphic landscape. Black Mask Studios co-founder Matt Pizzolo says, "It is crazy to me that it took twenty years for comics to produce a set of animal-minded vigilantes strong enough to roll with Earth Crisis. It is probably the most perfectly aligned superhero team-up ever." More...

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Earth Crisis Takes Recording Break For Live Shows

The members of Earth Crisis are readying for their first live dates since early February. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of their landmark "Firestorm" EP, the band will mark the milestone with performances on both coasts and a quick trip south of the border before resuming work on a new album.

Joining the band will be Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, and White Widows Pact for the east coast dates with Lionheart and Harness completing the billing for the west Dates can be foudn below.

Earth Crisis guitarist Scott Crouse recently said, “We can’t believe we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Firestorm. None of us were even 20 years old when we recorded it. Its release forever changed our lives and, we are told, many other people’s. Come out and help us do this right.”

7/12/2013 Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
7/13/2013 Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
7/14/2013 Santos Party House - New York, NY w/ Shai Hulud, Thy Will Be Done, White Widows Pact
8/15/2013 Pubrock/Chaser - Tempe, AZ w/ Lionheart, Harness
8/16/2013 You Revoucion - Tijuana, Mexico w/ Lionheart, Harness
8/17/2013 Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA w/ Lionheart, Harness
8/18/2013 924 Gilman Street - Berkeley, CA w/ Lionheart, Harness

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Shai Hulud Announces More Tour Dates

After completing a tour of Europe in support of Propagandhi, followed by a headlining tour, Shai Hulud has returned to the states and is preparing for a next set of confirmed shows.

In July, fans on the east coast will be treated to a handful of shows featuring Earth Crisis as part of the Firstorm 20th Anniversary Tour. Additional support for the east coast portion of the tour will be from Thy Will Be Done and White Widows.

Additional Shai Hulud shows have been confirmed for June and July, including an appearance at Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, QC. Find the complete listing of dates below.

Shai Hulud's Matt Fox reflects on 2013: "2013 has been a banner year for Shai Hulud, and it's not even summer yet. Seeing the release of 'Reach Beyond The Sun,' touring Australia as a part of the Soundwave Festival (headlined by Metallica - pretty much the reason we play heavy music) and having just returned from Europe after a tour with one of our favorite bands, Propagandhi, has made this year thus far both a blur and a dream, or one and the same depending on how well you remember your dreams, if you can remember them at all. 2013 is one dream we won't soon forget, etched further into our memory receptors - if there are such things - with the dates we confirmed with Earth Crisis, a huge and direct influence on the formation and existence of Shai Hulud. This is a special year for us, and we're grateful not only to share it with those who find something in our music that speaks to them, but also with so many of the bands whose music has spoken, and still speaks to us." More...

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Earth Crisis Signs With Candlelight

Candlelight Records proudly announces the worldwide signing of Earth Crisis. The Syracuse-based band, featuring vocalist Karl Buechner, guitarists Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards, bassist Ian Edwards, and drummer Dennis Merrick, is currently writing and demoing material for a ninth studio album. Recording is expected to begin in June. Candlelight also comments on the band:

"No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of Earth Crisis or the contributions the band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Championing the weak and the voiceless, the band has over 200,000 catalogue sales to date, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Regardless of passing trends, the five-piece has maintained their vision, dedication to their craft (and causes), and most importantly respected their fans in the 20-plus years of their performing career. In 2013, the band embarks on a new chapter delivering mission music as only they can."

Guitarist Scott Crouse says, “We are excited to be working on a new album, and equally as excited to be working on it with Candlelight. Their roster speaks for itself. It's an honor to be alongside bands like Fear Factory, Corrosion of Conformity, and our old friends in Vision of Disorder.” More...

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Five-Minute History of Hardcore and Metal Fusion

Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.

Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.

After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...

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Sound & Fury Fest Day Lineups Announced

Sound & Fury fest is less than one month away - taking place July 20th, 21st, and 22nd at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA. This year's lineup will feature headliners and hardcore powerhouses Bane, Blacklisted, Comeback Kid, Earth Crisis, H2O, Terror, and Touche Amore, along with 50 other acts spanning three days.

The festival was started in 2006 and has boasted bands like Fucked Up, Ceremony, Trash Talk, Have Heart and more as a part of their lineup in past years, making it a premiere hardcore/punk festival in California. Additionally, 2012 marks the third year of Sound & Fury at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, located at 3400 Calle Real in Santa Barbara, CA. Individual day passes are on sale now exclusively through festival presenter No Sleep Records and can be purchased at this location.

The full day lineups are as follows:

Comeback Kid
Focused Minds
Ill Intent
Ivy League
The Mongoloids
New Brigade
Rotting Out
Sabertooth Zombie
Single Mothers
Suburban Scum
Take Offense
Touche Amore
Xibalba More...

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Sound & Fury Fest Lineup Announced

Sound & Fury Festival is back in it's 7th and biggest year yet, taking place at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA from July 20th through 22nd. The festival is excited to announce additional performers for the 2012 lineup, including Earth Crisis, Harms Way, Ivy League, Sabertooth Zombie, Seahaven, Xibalba, and others.

Some previously announced performers are Bane, Blacklisted, Comeback Kid, H2O, Terror, Touche Amore and many more. Check out the full list of bands playing below and stay tuned for one more exciting lineup announcement coming before the festival.

Stay tuned to the festival's website for more information and bands to be announced. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Earth Crisis Posts "Total War" Video

Hardcore veterans Earth Crisis have teamed up with AOL Noisecreep to premiere the music video for "Total War." The track is from the band's latest effort "Neutralize The Threat." which was released earlier this year. "This time around we wanted to try and document the vibe of the band live, as opposed to try and tell a story through the video." Says guitarist Scott Crouse. "Matt Spencer and crew did a great job of capturing the feel of a small, more intimate, Earth Crisis show."

Fans craving a full on live experience from Earth Crisis will not have to wait long, as the band set out on the road yesterday to begin a tour with Cavalera Conspiracy and Otep. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...

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"Metal For The Masses" Volume 9 Details Revealed

On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.

"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."

The track listing is as follows:

Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden

Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...

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Cavalera Conspiracy Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring Sepultura founding members Max and Igor Cavalera, has announced the initial dates for their tour of North America, which will be in support of their latest studio album, "Blunt Force Trauma." Joining them on the trek will be Otep, Earth Crisis and Mold Breaker.

The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced shortly):

October 4 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
October 5 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
October 8 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
October 13 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
October 15 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Batisse Indusrielle
October 17 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
November 2 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club

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Danzig Legacy Among Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup

Danzig Legacy will share the stage next to Slayer at Fun Fun Fest 2011 held at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas November 4-6.

Danzig Legacy shows the original members of Samhain and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein of Misfits joining Danzig on stage for Samhain and Misfits sets. Also, Glen will perform a set of solo material.

Earth Crisis, Eyehategod, Public Enemy, Boris, The Upright Citizen's Brigade, Bane and The Damned are among the acts to participate in the festival.

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Earth Crisis Posts New Song "Total War"

Earth Crisis has posted a new song online from the band's upcoming album "Neutralize the Threat." You can check out the newly uploaded track "Total War" in the clip below. "Neutralize the Threat" is set for a July 12th release date, and the cover artwork can be found by heading over to this location.

The track listing for "Neutralize the Threat" is as follows:

1. Raise
2. Neutralize The Threat
3. Total War
4. 100-Kiloton Blast
5. Counterstrike
6. By Conscience Compelled
7. Black Talons Tear
8. Askari
9. The Eradicators
10. Raze

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Earth Crisis Posts "Neutralize The Threat" Artwork

Earth Crisis has announced the new album "Neutralize the Threat" is set for a July 12th release date. The band also teamed with artist Ryan Clark to create the artwork, which can be viewed below. Ryan had the following to say:

"Earth Crisis was a seminal band for me. When I was introduced to hardcore, EC was a band that seemed to stand out from the rest. Their unique blend of metal and hardcore made me an instant fan. I remember many EC shows in the mid nineties, climbing atop the crowd, pointing at Karl, screaming 'Street by street! Block by block!'

"These guys are partly responsible for what I've been doing with my life for the past 15+ years, so when I was asked to create the artwork for their 2011 record, I naturally jumped at the chance. Not only were they absolutely great to work with, but they've still got it- Neutralize is a flat-out SICK record."

You can also check out Earth Crisis recording studio footage by heading over to this location. More...

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Earth Crisis Completes New Album

American hardcore/metal crossover outfit Earth Crisis has announced that they have completed work on their brand new album, "Neutralize The Threat." The record is scheduled to be released on July 12th through Century Media Records. Speaking about the album, the band had the following to say:

"We are very happy with how Neutralize The Threat came out. Musically, it resembles the song structures on To The Death, but with a Gomorah's Season Ends vibe thrown in. Every song is lyrically inspired by real-life vigilante actions that have taken place around the globe. The topics range from The Black Panther Party to Bernard Goetz and we think it's an original lyrical concept for the band, while also retaining some subject matter we are known for dealing with in the past. Zeuss is the man and definitely delivered the best sounding record we have ever had! We can't wait for you guys to hear it!"

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Earth Crisis Posts New Studio Footage

Hardcore veterans Earth Crisis have posted some new footage from the studio online. The band is gearing up for its next full length album with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris. The record is currently planned for a summer release through Century Media Records. You can view the studio clip below:

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