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.
Stream DEAD HEAT’s Endless Torment EP, exclusively at Metal Injection, HERE.
Watch DEAD HEAT’s “Eyes Of The Real” video 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 July 28th 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 Live:
7/27/2023 The Camel – Richmond, VA w/ Raw Brigade
9/16/2023 Metal Injection Festival @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
9/22-23/2023 Hold Your Ground Fest @ Hansa Haus – Mississauga, ON
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 Punknews 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
“‘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.” — Decibel Magazine on “Eyes Of The Real”
“Taking inspiration from the thrash metal legends of the past while perfecting a sound modern thrash/hardcore bands have yet to hone in, DEAD HEAT set the bar way too high. Likely making this one of the best thrash records of the summer for sure.” – Noizze
“Endless Torment collects five new cuts of devastating crossover. Where a lot of metallic hardcore bands tend to steer into a more straight up metal territory which normally sees them lose the spark and magic of what made them special, Dead Heat tweak the sound and keep their DIY integrity firmly in place.” – The Razor’s Edge
“DEAD HEAT deserves praise for a passionate, primal approach to crossover thrash.” – Dead Rhetoric
Vince – bass
Justin – guitar
Yogie – drums
Chris – vocals