Stockholm-based hardcore crust punk veterans VICTIMS will release their anticipated new album, The Horse And Sparrow Theory, on June 28th via Relapse Records.
In advance of its release, Revolver Magazine unveils the band’s latest single, “The Sea And Poison,” noting, “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… ‘The Sea And Poison,’ arrives with a stylized Chariot Of Black Moth–directed video that splices in clips of the Swedes performing with shots of a polluted ocean – getting exactly to the heart of the ecological call-to-action song.”
View VICTIMS’ “The Sea And Poison” video, courtesy of Revolver, at THIS LOCATION.
If you missed it, view the band’s previously-released video for the record’s title track below.
Recorded by producer Karl Daniel Lidén (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Craft), The Horse And Sparrow Theory clocks in with 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.
Additionally, VICTIMS has announced a European headlining tour this fall from October 25th through November 2nd. The band will also celebrate the release of The Horse And Sparrow Theory with a record release weekend June 28th-30th in Poland and Germany. All confirmed tour dates are available 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 lineup 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