California crossover hardcore/thrash practitioners DEAD HEAT today unveil their new video for “Eyes Of The Real.” Now playing at Decibel Magazine, the track comes off the band’s Endless Torment EP, set for release on July 28th via a joint partnership with Tankcrimes and Triple B Records.
Forged in 2016 in Oxnard, California, DEAD HEAT is known for their high-energy live performances and aggressive sound that draws influence from various subgenres of thrash, punk, hardcore, and metal. DEAD HEAT‘s music is characterized by fast, thrashy riffs, driving rhythms, harmonious leads and intense vocals that often veer into screamed or shouted terrain. Thematically, the band delves deep into social and political issues, as well as personal struggles.
Writes Decibel of the band’s latest single, “‘Eyes Of The Real’ is the third song on the new EP and is pretty much built for pit action: side-to-side riffs alongside driving bass, dive bombs, fist-pumping vocal sections and some great side-to-side riffing.”
Watch DEAD HEAT’s “Eyes Of The Real” at Decibel Magazine HERE.
Comprised of five ripping tracks, Endless Torment was recorded at Captain Quarters Studio in Ventura, California by Armand John Anthony (Cirith Ungol, Bewitcher, Night Demon) and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Municipal Waste, Kreator) with cover art by Hayden Hall AKA Sick Slice (Devil Master, Gatecreeper).
Endless Torment will be released on LP on several color variants — including Tankcrimes exclusive Bone/Olive Crush w/ Red And Blue Splatter and Swamp Green w/ Heavy Neon Yellow Splatter plus exclusive variants from Triple B Records, Decibel Magazine, and RevHQ — and digitally.
DEAD HEAT has a gaggle of shows lined up in the coming weeks including an appearance at day one of the first annual Metal Injection Festival. Stand by for more live announcements in the coming weeks.
DEAD HEAT Live:
7/07/2023 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX w/ Mindforce, Heaven’s Gate
7/08/2023 Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX w/ Mindforce, Heaven’s Gate
7/09/2023 The Mohawk – Austin, TX w/ Mindforce, Heaven’s Gate
7/21-22/2023 The Rumble Fest @ The Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL
7/29-30/2023 Sound And Fury Festival @ Exposition Park – Los Angeles, CA
9/16/2023 Metal Injection Festival @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
In addition to crafting pulverizing music, the DEAD HEAT collective is notorious for their DIY approach to punk/metal culture and their involvement in the broader hardcore scene. The band members are regularly involved in booking shows and events in their local scene, as well as supporting various social and political causes.
Over the course of their six-year existence, DEAD HEAT has released several EPs, a split with New York heavyweights Mindforce and two full-length albums, including their prior LP, the critically lauded World At War, released in 2021 on Triple B Records. Revolver named the record, “one of the best crossover hardcore albums in recent memory,” Stereogum championed an “absolute ass-beater,” of a record while Punk News elaborated, “You could say World At War absolutely rips. Or that it shreds, or fucks, or slaps. Whatever your chosen vernacular, you’d be correct. This is one to keep on the mantle with the rest of the keepsakes; provided of course that the mantle is still intact.”
The band has also toured extensively, including the BBB Europe Takeover tour, a US tour with Municipal Waste and Crowbar and a week-long tour in Japan.
“…a full-on ’80s-style skate-metal ripper, with an evil cinematic opening and towering machine-gun riffs. I love the guttural ‘bluuuuh’ on the intro, and I love the way the breakdown really pushes the track into violent-overdrive valhalla. This is some real headbanger music.” — Stereogum on “Endless Torment”
“The Nardcore torchbearers have only gotten heavier and nastier in the last two years, and on this joint, the barreling double-bass kicks and sawtooth guitar tones make their crossover thrashiness hit harder than it ever has.” — Revolver
Vince – bass
Justin – guitar
Yogie – drums
Chris – vocals