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 celebrate the milestone with performances on both coasts and a quick trip south of the border before resuming work on their much anticipated 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. Tickets are still available via notable agencies and all venue box offices.
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.” When the dates were initially announced mid-May, the band noted to Alternative Press Magazine, “Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Firestorm EP with us! We’ll be playing the EP in its entirety, plus some rarely played other songs.”
LiveHighFive.com calls Firestorm, “one of the heaviest and most influential recordings in hardcore history.” Released via Victory Records in 1993, Wikipedia calls it “one of the more controversial releases in US hardcore history.” The EP would be followed by the release of the EARTH CRISIS’ full-length debut, Destroy the Machines, in 1995.
Syracuse, New York’s EARTH CRISIS was founded in 1989. The band has over 200,000 catalog 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. Signing with Candlelight Records late 2012, the band enters a brand new chapter in their career. Vocalist Karl Buechner said, “I’m really looking forward to sharing this next chapter of EXC with Candlelight Records. I think they’ve proven to know the genre well, and will help push us in the right direction.” Reacting to the signing, Lambgoat.com editor Alex Arnold noted, “EARTH CRISIS has made a name for itself not only through punishing metal and hardcore, but via staunch support of straight edge, animal rights, and veganism. Few bands command the respect that EARTH CRISIS does, and they’ve earned it through 20 years of hard work and consistency.”
EARTH CRISIS Firestorm 20th Anniversary Tour:
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
Upon completion of the dates, EARTH CRISIS will resume work on their currently untitled ninth studio album. The album will see the band re-team with noted producer/mixer Zeus (Hatebreed, Throwdown, Municipal Waste).
EARTH CRISIS is vocalist Karl Buechner, guitarists Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards, bassist Ian Edwards, and drummer Dennis Merrick.