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Formed: 1998
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded


Formed in 1998, Himsa has stood through intense beginnings that could only tear other bands apart. Having grown through many line-up changes, Himsa has progressed into an original metal-hybrid band that has its roots firmly planted in the hardcore scene. The combination of speed and technical precision in their music leads to mind-numbing changes and hints of harmonic thrash-metal not seen before in a band from this genre.

No stranger to determination or ambition, Himsa has seen parts of the world no-one would think of playing. Himsa has paved the way for touring bands in reaching the outskirts of an unrecognized fan base. Arranged by Himsa's bass player, Derek Harn, Himsa successfully toured and played in some of the most remote areas to be touched by hardcore. Many of the cities visited had never hosted a touring band of any kind, let alone a band from another country. China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan were some of the countries that graciously hosted and supported an amazing experience for the band.

The name Himsa is a Sanskrit word that has varied meanings in different cultures, mostly with violent or negative connotations. Derek offers his reasoning, "I don't want to give a strict definition because you may find it means something different to someone else and it kind of relates to how I want our music to be thought of." The band's focus is not as political or personal, as it is aggressive. "We look at our negative surroundings and expel our disgust through our music to cleanse our existence."

Look for Himsa on the West Coast with the new and improved line up and prepare for another lp entitled The Blind Strategy Of Transition out in the Spring of 2002.

Latest Himsa News

Below is our complete Himsa 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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Full Lineup For ‘Northwest Terror Fest’ Announced

The full lineup and daily stage times have been announced for the 2018 ‘Northwest Terror Fest‘. The festival will be held across Neumo’s, Barboza and the Highline in Seattle, WA from May 31st to June 02nd.

Thursday – May 31st:

10:10 – END – Panopticon
08:50 – 09:30 – SubRosa
07:35 – 08:10 – False
06:30 – 07:00 – Pillorian
05:30 – 06:00 – Dreadnought

09:30 – 10:10 – Witch Mountain
08:10 – 08:50 – Woman Is The Earth
07:00 – 07:35 – Fall Of Rauros
06:00 – 06:30 – Ragana
05:00 – 05:30 – Eye of Nix

Thursday after party:

12:30 – END – Danava
11:30 – 12:10 – Czar

Friday – June 01st: More...

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Heiress Premieres Title Track Of New Album

Heiress (ex-Himsa) premieres the title track to the upcoming new album "Restless Aim", which will be out in stores April 21st through The Mylene Sheath.

Check out now "Restless Aim" below.

The new outing largely compiles previously released tracks and material from three upcoming splits that will be offered in two different formats: More...

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Heiress (ex-Himsa) Premieres New Song "Clearing"

Heiress (ex-Himsa) premieres a new song entitled "Clearing", taken from the upcoming new album "Made Wrong", which will be out in stores March 18th through The Mylene Sheath.

Check out now "Clearing" below.

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Narrows Posts Live Video Online

Narrows has posted a video from their recent show in Brooklyn and the accompanying show review on Brooklynvegan.com. The video was shot by Unartig and can be watched below:

Narrows will be releasing a split 7"EP with Heiress (featuring Pettibone from Undertow, Himsa, Botch) in 2010 through Deathwish Records. More...

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Ex-Himsa Guitarist Joins God Forbid For Tour

Doc Coyle, guitarist of New Jersey based metal band God Forbid has posted an update on the general goings on within the band, including who will be the bands touring guitarist on their upcoming trek. The message reads as follows:

"Doc here just checking in to give everyone a heads up on the GF camp. We just returned from our most successful European tour to date doing a bunch of insane festivals with some of the biggest bands in the world as well as some off-dates with ANTHRAX, DEVILDRIVER, and DOWN which also kicked ass! Big thanks to our European supporters and all the bands we jammed and partied with. On to current events, we hop on a plane tonight to start the Rockstar Mayhem Tour which could possibly be the sickest tour of our lives. We've been on the road since the day Earthsblood dropped, and we're firing on all cylinders right now! Prepare to have your face ripped off if you make it to any of these shows. We play at 3:30pm on the Jager Stage everyday right before All That Remains. Be there or be fucked! We'll also be doing signings/meet & greets for Jagermeister, Rockstar shortly after our set, so don't be shy.

I also have a few other announcements. We a new fill-in guitar player. Matt Wicklund, formerly of HIMSA and a contributer to the WARREL DANE solo record, is handling second guitar duties in the meantime, and we're having a great time with him. Say hi to him on tour. He's the pretty boy with the hat. The second bit of news is that I will be playing bass, filling in for Paulo from TRIVIUM, on the first Mayhem date in Sacramento. He's getting his wisdom teeth done. Wish him well. The last piece of news is that our song 'Empire of the Gun' from Earthsblood will be featured on a Mayhem Tour Download Pack on Rock Band. Other bands featured on the pack are MARILYN MANSON, CANNIBAL CORPSE, and more.

See you all on the road. Check out these off-dates we'll doing on the Mayhem run:

With Cannibal Corpse, BEHEMOTH, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER: More...

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Himsa's Last Show Approaching

Himsa's final live show is this Saturday, August 16, 2008. The band comments:

"We are playing our last show this saturday. Sad, painful but relieving. It is the end of alot of hard work and sacrifice but I can say for all of us that it was worth all of it. So many great memories and great people we found along the way. Thanks to all of you who made the last 8 years possible. Continue to support DIY music and we will see you in another form...cheers."


The all-ages show is at El Corazon at 9pm. Tickets cost $12.

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Century Media Spring 2008 Sampler For Download

The Spring 2008 Century Media digital sampler is now available for DRM-free download here (requires free account/login). Included in the mix are artists such as Warrel Dane (Nevermore), Arch Enemy, Zimmers Hole, Suicide Silence, Terror, Stick To Your Guns, and many more.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. Suicide Silence - Green Monster (live from Paris)
2. Into Eternity - Time Immemorial
3. Warrel Dane - Messenger
4. Firewind - Mercenary Man
5. Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting At The Devil
6. Terror - Relentless Through and Through
7. Heaven Shall Burn - Endzeit
8. Embrace the End - Denim on Denim Hate Crime
9. Venomous Concept - Water Cooler
10. Despised Icon - A Fractured Hand
11. Stick To Your Guns - We're the Heart from the Heartless
12. Sworn Enemy - A Place Of Solace
13. Turisas - To Holmgard and Beyound
14. Warbringer - Combat Shock
15. In this Moment - Circles
16. Himsa - Unleasch Carnage
17. Arsonists Get All The Girls - Claiming Middle Age A Decade Early
18. Arch Enemy - Revolution Begins
19. Divine Heresy - Bleed The Fifth
20. Winds of Plague - The Impaler

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Himsa Announces Split

Himsa bassist Derek Harn has posted the following message:

"After 10+ years, four releases, countless tours and almost incomprehensible (yet constant) upheaval, the last three years of the band have been relatively stable. Having sacrificed everything we had in order to ensure the band's survival it's time to let it go. We made a great CD ('Summon in Thunder', Century Media); reportedly, our best. We've got a great label. We're getting along, we've toured and we’re fine. It's all good. We're leaving it at that. More...

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UVTV Features Century Media Special Podcast

This week’s episode of "UVTV’s Heavy Metal Podcast" continues our series of record label specials.This week’s featured label is CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Some of the bands highlighted on the show include DIVINE HERESY, HIMSA, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and BEHEMOTH with live performances by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, IN THIS MOMENT, NAPALM DEATH and GOD FORBID, just to name a few, in this video-packed episode.

You can download the podcast as an MP4 or get it from i-tunes.

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Himsa Post New Tour Trailer Online

Seattle?'s HIMSA have just started their European headliner tour and present you an entertaining tour trailer that invites all of you to come out to the shows and join the pit. Check it out below...

This is the band?'s current Europe/UK headliner tour in support of their latest effort, ?Summon In Thunder?, see below for the dates...

4 - Stockholm, Sweden at Klubben
5 - Gothenburg, Sweden at Musikens Hus
6 - Berlin, Germany at Magnet
7 - Rosswein, Germany at Juha
8 - Wien, Austria at Arena
9 - Milano, Italy at Zoe Club
10 - München, Germany at Feierwerk
11 - Aarau, Switzerland at Kiff
12 - Tilburg, Holland at 013
13 - Yeovil, UK at The Orange Box
14 - Birmingham, UK at Barfly
15 - Leeds, UK at Rios
16 - Sheffield, UK at Corporation
17 - Glasgow, UK at Barfly
18 - Cardiff, UK at Barfly
19 - London, UK at Underworld
20 - France - TBC
21 - Hasselt, Belgium at Muziek-o-droom
22 - Wiesbaden, Germany at Schlachthof

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Century Media Records Launch Online 8-Track Player

Sick of song streams that either don’t work or take minutes to start up? Well, Century Media Records has an early gift for you this holiday season: The label is bringin' it back to the mid-'60s with an online 8-track player that includes downloadable tunes from ARCH ENEMY, SUICIDE SILENCE, HIMSA, DIVINE HERESY, THE AGONY SCENE, IN THIS MOMENT, SWORN ENEMY and L.A. thrashers WARBRINGER. That's right, an eight-song 8-track that spans everything from melodic death metal to old-school thrash, and it's as instant as poppin' that sweet little magnetic tape with the CM logo into the drive. You can even embed the sampler into your MySpace page. Feel free to make mixtapes for friends and family or, more importantly, yourself!

Check it out now at this location.

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Himsa Post New Video Segment Online

HIMSA wraps up a North America tour alongside AMON AMARTH and SONIC SYNDICATE this week, which also marks their first stateside trek in support of their album Summon In Thunder.

The third episode of Himsa TV, shot by King of Hearts Productions, is also now online which documents some crazy backstage antics, highlights from various shows and gives a look into how the band spend their days off. Check it out below...

Look for the band on tour throughout North America once again in the spring of 2008. See www.myspace.com/himsa for all tourdates and current news.

Johnny Pettibone (vocals) recently checked in to describe his thoughts on the holiday season: “My girlfriend and I are spending time with both our families in Seattle and North Bend, Washington. She's baking pies in just her undies and I’ll be watching the fights that I missed on tour. My perfect gift would be the Prince of Darkness 24' figure from the movie Legend and a new Integrity hoodie. The worst part of the holidays is if I’m away from my family or work really slows down at the club, which usually means Jan. and Feb. are rough. So I make up for that with more skating and less eating, which is rad.”

Upcoming live dates (with Amon Amarth, Sonic Syndicate):

18 - Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
19 - The Avalon - Los Angeles, CA More...

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Himsa Vocalist Plays Film Critic

Vocalist Johnny Pettibone of Seattle's HIMSA recently checked in with the Headbanger's Blog to play film critic as he listed ten horror movies that he enjoyed the most growing up. Click here to check it out.

The second episode of HIMSA TV, shot by King of Hearts Productions, has been posted online. Here the viewer will get a chance to meet the group's new drummer Joe Frothingham, have a look into the band's latest photo shoot and special covers set. Watch it here.

HIMSA is currently assaulting the masses across North America on tour alongside AMON AMARTH and SONIC SYNDICATE in support of its latest offering, "Summon in Thunder". More...

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Himsa Announce Headlining European Dates

After a European tour alongside AS I LAY DYING, DARKEST HOUR and MAROON this past September, Seattle’s HIMSA will return to Europe on their own headliner tour in February/March 2008.

Direct support will be labelmates THE AGONY SCENE who will use the opportunity to present their new album Get Damned (European street date: January 21st, UK street date: February 18th) live.

Himsa unleashed their latest full-length, Summon In Thunder, via Century Media Records in September 2007.

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Himsa Announce New Drummer

Seattle's HIMSA kicks off its first North American tour in almost two years tonight as the band hits the road with AMON AMARTH and SONIC SYNDICATE.

The inaugural episode of HIMSA TV, shot by King of Hearts Productions, has been posted online. In this wacky segment the guys give you a firsthand look into the insanity that took place at their record release show and present some outtakes from their "Unleash Carnage" video shoot. Watch it below.

Commented bassist Derek Harn: "It's been well over a year since we've done a full U.S. tour and we're all anxious to get back out on the road and rock you again.

"Our latest album, 'Summon In Thunder', has been getting great reviews and a lot of excitement from fans new and old.

"We'll be playing a lot of new material on these dates and we have a new powerhouse of a drummer named Joe Frothingham. He hails from the woods of Washington state and he loves to beat the hell out of his drums.

"We are very fortunate to be playing these dates with AMON AMARTH and look forward to making friends with them and SONIC SYNDICATE.

"Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the members of DECAPITATED and their families. Their presence on this tour will be sadly missed.

"We recently played our record release show in Seattle at El Corazon. We themed it out with tennis gear like the 'Unleash Carnage' video. Things got crazy, bodies and balls were flying constantly.

"Check out the webisode of that and the outtakes from the music video. We'll be bringing you another installment next week with more footage and craziness from the road.

"We look forward to seeing you headbanging in the crowds across the country. Be sure to stop by our merch table to give us some high-fives."

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Warrel Dane Reveal Partial Track Listing For Debut

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has revealed a partial track listing for his upcoming solo debut, tentatively due in early 2008 via Century Media Records. Dane has written about eight tracks with former SOILWORK guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers and has also collaborated with ex-HIMSA guitarist Matt Wicklund on a few songs. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include:

01. When We Pray
02. Messenger (featuring Jeff Loomis)
03. Obey
04. Let You Down (featuring Chris Broderick)
05. August
06. Feel Failure (Hail Yesterday)
07. Brother
08. Patterns (PAUL SIMON cover)
09. Praises To The War Machine (featuring James Murphy)
10. This Old Man More...

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Nevermore Frontman Taps Musicians For Solo Album

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has tapped James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) and Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE) to play guest solos on his upcoming solo album, which is tentatively due in early 2008. Dane has written about eight tracks with former SOILWORK guitarist-turned-producer Peter Wichers and has also collaborated with ex-HIMSA guitarist Matt Wicklund on a few songs. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "August", "Obey" (described by Dane as "one of my favorite songs that Peter has penned — very heavy and Dirk's [SOILWORK's Dirk Verbeuren] drumming is amazing on this track") and "Messenger". Also included will be a "very metalized cover" of an old SISTERS OF MERCY song.

In a September 2006 interview with Metal-Rules.com, Dane stated about the upcoming solo CD, "I've been working on it for like the last year off and on, just writing songs with Peter Wichers, and at some point we'll finish them then go in the studio . . . It doesn't sound like NEVERMORE, and I think, you know, if it did, there wouldn't be much point in doing a side project. If it sounded like NEVERMORE I think it would be a little redundant . . . Of course it's metal! Kind of like metal-infused hard rock, I think. It's different and it's a chance for me to explore myself — explore myself in other ways! [laughs] Well, for me, and for Peter from SOILWORK as well, it was kind of a chance for us both to 'step outside the box,' because people expect a certain thing from both those bands and with this we don't have to fulfill any expectations. We can do whatever we want." More...

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Amon Amarth Confirm Vancouver In-Store Appearance

Swedish Viking metallers AMON AMARTH have confirmed a meet n' greet in Vancouver, BC at Scrape Records on December 14th, just prior to their appearance at the Croatian Cultural Centre later that evening. Their upcoming headlining North American tour also features DECAPITATED, HIMSA, and SONIC SYNDICATE.

Dates are now as follows:

19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
20 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse Music Venue
21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
23 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
24 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
25 - Houston, TX - Meridian
26 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
27 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
28 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
29 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
130 - West Springfield, VA - Jaxx

1 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
2 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
3 - New York, NY - The Fillmore
5 - Montréal, QC - Medley
6 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
7 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
9 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theater
12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
14 - Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
15 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon

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Sonic Syndicate Gearing Up For Amon Amarth Tour

Sweden’s hottest newcomers, SONIC SYNDICATE, will be making their US debut with a tour alongside HIMSA, DECAPITATED and fellow countrymen AMON AMARTH this November. Since the release of the band’s second opus, “Only Inhuman,” the band has been taking Europe by storm with many festival appearances and a tour with DARK TRANQUILLITY. Soon after the band finishes their current European tour with SOILWORK and CALIBAN it’s off to the States to wreak even more metal havoc. Lead singer Richard Sjunnesson had this to say about the bands hectic schedule:

“We are excited and really looking forward to finally getting over there to see the American fans. This is SONIC SYNDICATE’s very first tour on American soil and we are very happy to be doing this under the wings of the vile Vikings, AMON AMARTH, who are of course countrymen of ours. I have personally followed them since the early 90s and touring with them makes me happier than words can express. It will of course also be a honor to share the stage with the brilliant metal acts HIMSA and DECAPITATED. See you all soon!”

Here are the confirmed tour dates: More...

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Amon Amarth At Sweden Rock To Be Broadcasted

Swedish National Radio show "P3 Live" will be broadcasting Amon Amarth's performance from Sweden Rock Festival on Thursday, September 20th. The broadcast will start at 9:30pm (CET). International fans can listen to the streaming online at www.sr.se.

Amon Amarth will be embarking on a headlining North American tour this winter, with Decapitated, Himsa and Sonic Syndicate. Tour dates are as follows: More...

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