I AM: Texas Death Thrashers To Kick Off US Tour With The Acacia Strain This Week; Eternal Steel Full-Length To See Release In September Via MNRK Heavy

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Texas death thrash outfit I AM will join The Acacia Strain on their Tune Low Die Slow US Summer tour. The three-week trek begins June 24th in Hamden, Connecticut and runs through July 17th in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. Additional support will be provided by Malevolence and 156/Silence. See all confirmed dates below.

I AM w/ The Acacia Strain, 156/Silence:
6/24/2022 Space Ballroom – Hamden, CT
6/25/2022 Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
6/26/2022 Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
w/ The Acacia Strain, Malevolence, 156/Silence:
6/28/2022 One Centre Square – Easton, PA
6/29/2022 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA
6/30/2022 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH
7/01/2022 Hoosier Dome – Indianapolis, IN
7/02/2022 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
7/03/2022 Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
7/05/2022 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK
7/06/2022 Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
7/07/2022 xBK – Des Moines, IA
7/08/2022 The Forge – Joliet, IL
7/09/2022 X-Ray Arcade – Milwaukee, WI
7/10/2022 The Stache – Grand Rapids, MI
7/12/2022 Ottawa Tavern – Toledo, OH
7/13/2022 Rec Room – Buffalo, NY
7/14/2022 The L – Horseheads, NY
7/15/2022 Alchemy – Providence, RI
7/16/2022 Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
7/17/2022 Wally’s – Hampton Beach, NH

I AM will release their anticipated Eternal Steel full-length September 9th via MNRK Heavy. Brandishing a unique blend of furious thrash and death metal like a weapon of mass destruction, I AM is purely no-nonsense in their patented “Texas Death” assault. Armed with riffs, speed, and overwhelming power, “I AM writes songs that make you want to move” (Decibel Magazine).

Across three full-length slabs of bludgeoning intensity and snarling rage, I AM puts a Southern stamp and revitalized swagger into deathcore, a subgenre rarely as raw, energized, and diverse as this band. In the spirit of fellow Southern icons Pantera and newer Texan heroes Power Trip, the band channels discontent and anger into empowering anthems, as likely to inspire a grueling workout as to incite the pit. Reminiscent of the combination of death metal heaviness and thrash metal speed found in the early catalog of Sepultura, I AM mines the heaviness of Morbid Angel and the dexterity of the Big 4 to create something groundbreaking of their own. Vocalist Andrew Hileman — who started the band in 2011 — guitarists Tom Reyes and Chris Burgess, bassist Erik Rodriguez, and drummer Brandon Busa deliver their Texas Death in clubs, theaters, and festivals, with bands like The Acacia Strain and Kublai Khan.

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Randy Leboeuf (Kublai Khan, Sentinels, The Acacia Strain), Eternal Steel, the quintet’s debut for MNRK Heavy, combines the onslaught of the band’s well-received Hard 2 Kill (2018) full-length with the primal bite of Life Through Torment (2017) into a singular statement of intent.

View I AM’s recently released video for Eternal Steel’s first single, “The Iron Gate,” at THIS LOCATION.

Eternal Steel will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders at THIS LOCATION.
Andrew Hileman – vocals
Tom Reyes – guitar
Chris Burgess – guitar
Erik Rodriguez – bass
Brandon Busa – drums