From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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.
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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...
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...
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