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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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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."

Check out "Out of the Cages" here: More...

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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:

FRIDAY
Bankrobber
Basement
Comeback Kid
Disgrace
Downpresser
Focused Minds
Hardside
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!"

The tracklisting is as follows: More...

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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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Earth Crisis Enters The Studio

Straight edge hardcore act Earth Crisis has entered the studio to begin work on the band's new album. Scott Crouse comments:

"So we began tracking our 6th full length album this week! We are really excited to work with Zeuss on this one, we have no doubt he will do this recording sonic justice! Hmm, maybe that's what we'll call the record? Stay tuned for some videos of the recording process!"

Earth Crisis is expected to unleash this new offering in the summer. More details will be announced as they are made available.

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Earth Crisis Comments On Walter Bond's Arrest

Vegan, straight-edge band Earth Crsis wrote the song "To Ashes" about Walter Edmund Bond, who has now been arrested and charged with burning down a sheepskin factory. Guitarist Scott Crouse further has commented on the situation:

"Recently Walter, the man whose actions inspired our song ‘To Ashes,’ has been arrested on alleged arson charges. Our motivation behind writing the song ‘To Ashes’ was to show the passion and frustration of a man who reached his boiling point. The extremes that Walter went to save his brother’s life we find inspiring, mainly because they were acts of property destruction against his adversaries, not acts of violence. We wanted to simply document what many in the straight edge community already deemed as a heroic and selfless action. Regarding Walters current arrest, we don't have much to say since right now they are merely accusations until he is proven guilty.

"We were also beyond disappointed that we didn't get a chance to play last Sunday at The Sound and Fury Festival. It was a weekend of canceled flights, wondering if all the members would even make it out here and three trips to LAX. Hey, at least we can all say we saw a motorcycle in the pit right?

"So far we have about four new songs written and are hoping to start working on vocals this fall. The plan is to have 10 new songs and re-record a few older songs that are live set staples. We are hoping to start recording in January 2011 with an as of yet undetermined producer."

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Earth Crisis Pulls Out Of Graspop

American hardcore veterans Earth Crisis has announced that they have pulled out of this year's edition of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting. They will be replaced by Death To Stereo. The festival will take place in the town of Dessel from June 25th- June 27th.

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Thick As Blood On Tour With Earth Crisis

Miami's Thick as Blood is currently on a North American tour alongside Earth Crisis and First Blood. The band's tour schedule has now been updated with the following dates:

05/07/10 Marquis Theater Denver, CO
05/08/10 In the Venue Salt Lake City, UT
05/09/10 Brawl Studio Boise, ID
05/10/10 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
05/11/10 Rickshaw Vancouver, BC
05/12/10 Satyricon Portland, OR
05/13/10 The Underground Reno, NV
05/15/10 Boardwalk Sacramento, CA
05/16/10 Fox Theatre Pomona, CA "California Metalfest IV"
05/17/10 The Rock Tuscon, AZ Monsters
05/18/10 Wool Warehouse Albuquerque, NM Earth Crisis, Monsters More...

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