The Horse And Sparrow Theory, the latest full-length from Stockholm-based hardcore crust punk veterans VICTIMS, is out TODAY and streaming via Relapse Records.
Recorded by producer Karl Daniel Lidén (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Craft), The Horse And Sparrow Theory clocks in at twenty-eight minutes of relentless insurrection. VICTIMS’ uncompromising take on d-beat and hardcore is a definitive statement of intent, as the band is set to deconstruct the current socio-political climate, mass class division, industrialization, and the self-absorbed pursuit of greed and corruption.
Stream VICTIMS’ The Horse And Sparrow Theory below.
VICTIMS will celebrate the release of The Horse And Sparrow Theory with two record release shows this weekend in Poland and Germany respectively before embarking on a European headlining tour this fall from October 25th through November 2nd. See all confirmed dates below.
6/28/2019 Ultrachaos Picnic – Zelebsko, PL
6/29/2019 CRK – Wroclaw, PL
10/25/2019 Die Yoko – Hamburg, DE
10/26/2019 Zukunft Am Ostkreuz – Berlin, DE
10/27/2019 Chemiefabrik – Dresden, DE
10/28/2019 007 Strahov – Prague, CZ
10/29/2019 Durer Kert – Budapest, HU
10/30/2019 Arena – Vienna, AT
10/31/2019 Feierwerk – Sunny Red – Munich, DE
11/01/2019 AJZ Bahndamm – Wermelskirchen, DE
11/02/2019 Klokgebouw – Sound Of Revolution Festival – Eindhoven, NL
VICTIMS was forged in 1997 in Nyköping, Sweden. The original line-up consisted of Johan Eriksson on vocals, Andy Henriksson on drums, Andy Söderström on bass and Marcus Strandberg on guitar. The lineup recorded a seven-track demo, reissued as an EP titled Harder Than It Was Meant To Be, a split EP with Acursed in 1999, and their debut album Neverendinglasting in 2001 on German label Yellow Dog Records.
Shortly after the release of Neverendinglasting, guitarist Strandberg left the band and was replaced by Acursed guitarist Jon Lindqvist. In 2003, they released a split LP with American crust punks From Ashes Rise and in 2004, their second full-length, …In Blood, dropped via Havoc Records before ebarking on their first-ever US tour.
VICTIMS’ third album, Divide And Conquer, released in 2006 on Havoc Records, is described by the band as rougher and trashier. By then, Söderström had fled the band. Eriksson took over bass duties and in 2008, the band released their fourth offering, Killer. VICTIMS toured extensively throughout the world in support of the record, sharing stages with the likes of Municipal Waste, Rotten Sound, and Trap Them, and appearing at notable festivals across Europe. This era marked the addition of second guitarist Gareth Smith, formerly of Raging Speedhorn and longtime acquaintance of Eriksson. VICTIMS released their subsequent albums A Dissident in 2011 with Deathwish and Sirens in 2016 with Tankcrimes.
Johan Eriksson – vocals, bass
Andy Henriksson – drums
Jon Lindqvist – guitar, vocals
Gareth Smith – guitar
“Sweden’s VICTIMS play a particularly ripping strand of d-beat, tipping the hat to Motörhead and Discharge and riding alongside like-minded heroes like Tragedy and From Ashes Rise in their version of the style, which is marked by a hard-as-hell sound infused with underlying melody…” — Revolver
“…a journey into the bowels of crust punk, d-beat and hardcore, recalling their contemporaries like His Hero Is Gone and Tragedy.” — Decibel
“The Horse And Sparrow Theory displays a staunch commitment to rabble-rousing, and the album’s combination of aggression and intelligence highlight passion and rage undiminished by time.” — Last Rites
“A band criminally underappreciated outside of their native land, VICTIMS still have the juice to load a record with hook-filled ragers and pop-locking, string chewing beats, seven LPs in.” — Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“…a record whose unforgiving rhythms are only counterbalanced by the looming sense of dread that defines their work.” — Two Guys Metal Reviews
“…a perfectly crafted proclamation of facts that we so adeptly cover our ears to ignore, and it carries the strength to hopefully pierce through our mental barricades.” — Metal Utopia
“…empowering and cathartic. Crust punk riffs and angry gang vocals aren’t going to deliver us from our demise, but they make a damn fine soundtrack for fighting back… At just under 30 minutes, the album is a potent B-12 shot and a satisfying dose of righteous fury. It won’t change the world, but it’s enough to inspire some listeners to fuck shit up.” — Treble