Sirens is the forthcoming new full-length from long-running Stockholm hardcore crust troopers, VICTIMS. Set for official detonation on April 15th via Tankcrimes Records, the band’s first full-length since 2011’s acclaimed A Dissident LP was tracked at Studio Gutterview by Fred Estby (Dismember, At The Gates, Refused), mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Iron Reagan, Nails, Integrity), and features the expected white-knuckled surges of angst as well as some more expansive elements throughout the album, all enshrouded in a barbed-wire vocal delivery, packed with unstoppable gang-chants and inescapable hooks.
In advance of its release today Decibel Magazine offers up opening track “Walls” for public ingestion. Notes drummer Andy Henriksson of the track, “It was one of the first songs we wrote for the album and it’s darkness set the tone for how the rest of the album would progress.”
Witness “Walls” at THIS LOCATION.
As a precursor to the release of Sirens, VICTIMS will storm the West Coast North American populations on a short but punishing live trek. Running from March 24th through April 1st, the Swedish marauders will kick off the tour with two shows with Napalm Death and Melt Banana in Santa Ana and San Diego, then blaze a path north through Los Angeles, Oakland, Eureka, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. Portland will get a double-dose of VICTIMS on this run as the band has been confirmed to join that city’s appearance of the Decibel Magazine Tour 2016 with Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, and Tribulation on March 31st. VICTIMS is also confirmed for several European Summer festivals including Hellfest, Temples Fest and more, with additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
3/24/2016 Observatory – Santa Ana, CA w/ Napalm Death, Melt Banana
3/25/2016 Casbah – San Diego, CA w/ Napalm Death, Melt Banana
3/26/2016 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA
3/27/2016 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Brainoil
3/28/2016 VFW – Eureka, CA
3/29/2016 Black Water – Portland, OR
3/30/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA
3/31/2016 Roseland – Portland, OR @ Decibel Tour w/ Abbath, High On Fire, Skeletonwitch, Tribulation
4/01/2016 Astoria – Vancouver, BC
6/17-19/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
6/02-05/2016 Temples Fest – Bristol, UK
To even the most pedestrian fan of d-beat hardcore/crust punk, VICTIMS is undeniably one of the genre’s kings, their name as synonymous with the genre as Anti-Cimex, Wolfpack/Wolfbrigade, From Ashes Rise, and the like. Through an exceptionally solid but not overcrowded discography since their 1997 inception, through labels like Havoc Records, Deathwish, Tankcrimes and more the band has yielded five prior LPs, and a variety of EPs, having shared platters on splits with the likes of From Ashes Rise, Kylesa, and Acursed. In the fourteen years that have passed since those early days of rehearsals in Nypan, VICTIMS has toured internationally, heavily focused on Europe and the US extensively. Along the way they’ve experienced highs and lows, seen lineup changes and personal tragedy, they’ve been robbed in Italy and hospitalized in the USA. They’ve also played with a host of great bands, touring with the likes of Coliseum, Rotten Sound, Trap Them and The Ocean, Municipal Waste, Black Breath, and countless others, and undoubtedly made some life-long friendships. Today, VICTIMS stands as one of the most respected bands of the underground punk and hardcore community.
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