“…A citizenry gorged on excess and mesmerized by the spectacle of entertainment has lost its will and its way…” — Rob “The Baron” Miller
Today, multinational punk/heavy metal collective TAU CROSS has shared their latest single, “Bread And Circuses” via Cvlt Nation. The tune comes by way of the band’s impending Pillar Of Fire full-length set for release via Relapse Records later this month.
Listen to “Bread And Circuses” now via Cvlt Nation HERE.
Issues bassist/vocalist Rob “The Baron” Miller, “Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt…. A citizenry gorged on excess and mesmerized by the spectacle of entertainment has lost its will and its way, it has abdicated personal responsibility and handed over total control to the state.”
Watch the previously released videos for “Deep State” and “Killing The King” below.
Pillar of Fire will be released worldwide July 21st on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and exclusive bundles are currently available via Relapse.com at THIS LOCATION and digital preorders are available via Bandcamp HERE.
Pillar Of Fire was recorded across three different countries and co-produced by “The Baron” in the same manner as their eponymous debut. The drums were tracked in Montreal, guitars in Minneapolis, bass in Seattle and Minneapolis, and vocals on the Isle Of Skye in Scotland. Pillar Of Fire further expands the group’s unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke’s metallic post-punk and Motörhead’s anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism. Pillar Of Fire is a musical unearthing of TAU CROSS‘ philosophical preoccupations: mythological motifs, ultra-terrestrial hypotheses, surreal, social political landscapes, and the endless search for meaning in a controlled universe.
In related news, TAU CROSS has confirmed a European headlining tour from July 29th in Finland through August 8th in Denmark. See all confirmed dates below.
7/29/2017 Puntala Rock Festival – Lempaala, FI
7/30/2017 Street Bar 95 – Turku, FI
8/01/2017 Kraken – Stockholm, SE
8/02/2017 Revolver – Oslo, NO
8/03/2017 Truckstop Alaska – Gothenburg, SE
8/04/2017 Hafenklang – Hamburg, DE
8/05/2017 Baroeg – Rotterdam, NL
8/06/2017 Disintegrate Your Ignorance Fest – Giavera del Montello, IT
8/07/2017 Badehaus – Berlin, DE
8/08/2017 Beta Dirty Days of Summer – Copenhagen, DK
Formed in 2013 across two continents and three countries, TAU CROSS is a multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring Amebix bassist/frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague. TAU CROSS is the natural evolution of Miller’s work in Amebix. The band’s self-titled debut was recorded in 2014 and released via Relapse Records in May 2015 to widespread critical reception including an inclusion on Rolling Stone’s Top Metal Albums Of The Year List. TAU CROSS may have set a high standard for its first record, but if the band has proven anything so far, it’s that it’s incredibly skilled at meeting – and exceeding – expectations. TAU CROSS made their live debut performance in 2016 in North America, followed by a special mainstage performance at the legendary Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. Now in 2017, TAU CROSS returns with their highly-anticipated sophomore full-length, Pillar Of Fire.
Rob “The Baron” Miller – bass, vocals
Andy Lefton – guitar
Jon Misery – guitar
Michel “Away” Langevin – drums
Tom Radlo – bass
James Adams – keyboards
“…a more adventurous affair, veering from the expected four-to-the-floor chugging to the title track’s acoustic reverie, but the band’s fiery spirit remains resolute. And then, of course, there’s Miller’s voice; the bastard offspring of Lemmy and Jaz Coleman, its fierce authority makes everything here sound like a clangourous, inspirational mountainside sermon…” – Team Rock