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Czar

Formed: 2008
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

czar (zär, tsär)n. 1. New Chicago post-metal trio consisting of Jason Novak (dj? acucrack, acumen nation), Dan Brill (acumen nation, 1350cc) and Brian Elza (chiral, bridgelayer), favoring melodic dirge instrumental sound signals (see: tool, jesu, pelican, mastodon, life and times, homer's odyssey and poseiden himself). 2. A male monarch or emperor, especially one of the emperors who ruled Russia until the revolution of 1917. 3. A person having great power; an autocrat. 4. Informal appointed official having special powers to regulate or supervise an activity. Czar is the most common form in American usage and the one nearly always employed in the extended senses "any tyrant" or informally, "one in authority." But tsar is preferred by most scholars of Slavic studies as a more accurate transliteration of the Russian and is often found in scholarly writing with reference to one of the Russian emperors.

Latest Czar News

Below is our complete Czar 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.

Czar Gearing Up To Hit The Road

Chicago trio Czar is preparing to hit the road in April for a short U.S. tour, including a hometown show with the mighty Godflesh. Dates are as follows:

Apr 10 - Champaign, IL @ Error Records
Apr 11 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
Apr 12 - Kansas City, MO @ Davey's
Apr 13 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Maidstone
Apr 15 - Chicago, IL @ Metro (w/ Godflesh)
Apr 16 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
Apr 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Northstar Bar
Apr 19 - Albany, NY @ Bogies

Czar's sophomore album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive," was released in November of 2013 and can be heard below. More...

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Czar Releases New Music Video

Guitar World is now presenting the premiere of Czar's latest video for the song "Aortic Flower," taken off the Chicago trio's new album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive."

You can watch the video below, or stream the entire "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive" album at this location. More...

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Czar Posts Full Album Online

MetalSucks today presents a stream of Czar's brand new full-length album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive." Hear the full album in the player below.

The Chicago trio ambushed the underground in late 2011 with the release of debut album, "Vertical Mass Grave." The follow-up, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive," continues on the path blazed by the debut.

Czar will open for Morbid Angel on November 17th at House of Blues in Chicago. More...

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Czar Streaming "Lurvy" Track

Decibel Magazine today presents the premiere of "Lurvy," a song off Chicago trio Czar's second album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive." Give the track a listen below.

"No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive" is due out November 5th on the band's own Cracknation Records. The album was produced by Hum frontman Matt Talbott. You can also check out the band's previously released track "Fuming Rotter" at this location.

Czar opens for Morbid Angel on November 17th at House of Blues in Chicago. More...

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Czar Streaming "Fuming Rotter"

Terrorizer Magazine presents the premiere of Czar's new song, "Fuming Rotter," off the Chicago trio's upcoming second album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive." Give it a listen below.

"No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive" is due out November 5th via the band's own Cracknation Records. Like its predecessor, "Vertical Mass Grave," the album was recorded by Hum frontman Matt Talbott. Czar will also open for the mighty Godflesh on October 22nd at Metro in Chicago. More...

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Czar Posts New Song

Chicago trio Czar returns with the first slice of the band's second album, "No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive," now streaming in the player below via Revolver Magazine. The following press release was also issued about the song:

"The track, 'Aortic Flower,' is a crusher, marrying the triumphant metal edge of Heartwork-era Carcass with a majestic rock power in line with O.G. post-hardcore greats like Quicksand.

"Czar made big waves in the underground with the late 2011 release of its debut, Vertical Mass Grave. The album earned praise from the likes of Terrorizer Magazine, who hailed the band for 'seamlessly fusing a Mastodon-sized slab of riffage and the slightly more clinical approach inherent with death metal' while also 'firmly reaching to more experimental post-metal realms.' Following that release, the band toured the US as main support for Killing Joke.

"Like its predecessor, sophomore album No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive was recorded by former Hum frontman Matt Talbott. Uniting melody, dissonance, polyrhythms, and groove, Czar continues to push its own limits, solidify its unique sound, and establish itself as a true force in the metal scene."

Czar kicks off its next touring cycle by opening for the mighty Godflesh, October 22nd at Metro in Chicago. More...

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Czar To Support Killing Joke On Tour

Chicago's Czar emerges with a huge announcement for Spring 2013: the band has 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 playing 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 is completing work on a second full-length album, the follow-up to 2011's "Vertical Mass Grave" (produced by Hum's Matt Talbott). More...

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Czar Releases "Family Crest" Video

With Czar's U.S. tour kicking off next week, MetalSucks presents the exclusive premiere of the video for "Family Crest," the first track off the Chicago band's latest album, "Vertical Mass Grave." Watch "Family Crest" at this location.

MetalSucks describes Czar as "one of the best new bands in quite some time... They make challenging yet palatable sounds for a new age of metal." The band's brand of metal, both hook-laden and machine-like, has earned comparisons to Gojira, Mastodon, and Helmet.

Czar hits the road April 18th, starting out in Cleveland with Crowbar and Prong, and including stops at the Year of Shit III Fest in Richmond and Precious Metal in New York. Dates are as follows: More...

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Czar Announces U.S. Tour

Chicago’s Czar will be embarking on a short U.S. tour in April, kicking off April 18th in Cleveland with Crowbar and Prong.

Czar’s debut full-length, "Vertical Mass Grave" (reviewed here), was released in December, 2011. Featuring members of Acumen Nation and DJ? Acucrack, stalwarts of Chicago’s industrial and electronic scenes, Czar’s sound combines ominous atmosphere with machine-like metal and colossal rock melodies. "Vertical Mass Grave" was recorded by Matt Talbott, guitarist/vocalist of Hum, at Great Western Record Recorders.

The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:

April 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s (w/ Crowbar, Prong)
April 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
April 20 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (Year of Shit III Fest)
April 21 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
April 22 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
April 23 - New York, NY @ Precious Metal at Lit Lounge
April 24 - Fairfax, VA @ The Old Firestation #3

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