One of the most anticipated and talked about reunions of 2008 was without a doubt the reformation of Syracuse NY-based quintet EARTH CRISIS. The pioneers of the hardcore, straight edge movement have now officially made the decision to carry on with the band fulltime and are proud to announce a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The band’s most devastating offering to date, “To The Death”, is going to serve as a much needed wake up call to the masses!
The new album was self produced with the acclaimed Tue Madsen (Sick Of It All, Dark Tranquillity, The Haunted) handling mixing and mastering duties. The band has also partnered with PETA and plan to stay active within the animal liberation scene. EARTH CRISIS’ chugging riffs and barked declarations served as the mouthpiece of America's militant vegan, straight-edge movement throughout the '90s, detailing the ideas of animal and human liberation, drug-free living, and personal empowerment through hardcore song. This movement spawned activists who took the law into their own hands, burning down fur farms and freeing animals directly. Their vicious debut EP, “Firestorm”, was a landmark release for the hardcore scene that combined staccato, solo-free metal with barking, political, and militant vocals. The lyrics centered around the dangers of drug abuse and bringing "violence against violence" to drug dealers and those who would abuse animals: “a firestorm to purify”!
EARTH CRISIS’ message of human, animal and environmental liberation has caused shockwaves that resonated beyond the music industry. They have received national media coverage on CNN (Earth Matters), TBS, FOX (America's Most Wanted), CBS (48 Hours), MTV (Music News) and ABC (World News Tonight). Charismatic vocalist Karl Buechner has spoken in front of members of Congress about teens and substance abuse. EARTH CRISIS epitomizes commitment, fortitude, and resilience and is an established and embraced trademark in the international metal, hardcore and punk communities.
EARTH CRISIS has continued along this path of breaking new ground, constantly working and reaching more people spreading their message to the masses. Their relentless touring has put them in front of countless national and international audiences - from the U.S. to Canada, to Europe, Japan and South America. In October 1999, they played Bogota, Columbia's Rock al Parque Festival for over 120,000 people. They have toured with bands ranging from Sepultura, Misfits, and Downset, to Snapcase, Madball and Skarhead.
On “To The Death” you can bear witness that the band has never been stronger from both songwriting and musicianship perspectives.Buechner’s astounding range and vocal depth is supported by guitarists Scott Crouse and Erick Edwards’ sometimes pulverizing and jagged, sometimes soothing sonic barrages while bassist Ian Edwards and drummer Dennis Merrick powerfully round out the musical savagery. Physically the band is in its best condition ever and is determined to take over every stage, audience, and venue that they invade.
In 2009, EARTH CRISIS prepares to unleash a firestorm of epic proportions proving that their message is more viable than ever. With extensive touring planned and a stunning new record, EARTH CRISIS are set to remind you what hardcore is all about!
Karl Buechner – Vocals
Scott Crouse – Guitar
Erick Edwards – Guitar
Ian Edwards – Bass
Dennis Merrick – Drums