Rampaging Oakland, CA metal quartet SAVIOURS have announced July U.S. tour dates. The band will kick off the scheduled two week trek on July 9 in Seattle, WA. Joining SAVIOURS on the road will be Ohio thrashers Skeletonwitch and New Hampshireâ€™s Trap Them.
SAVIOURS are currently holed up in San Franciscoâ€™s Lucky Cat Recording Studios with Producer Phil Manley (of Trans Am / The Fucking Champs) and are hard at work on the follow up to its critically acclaimed sophomore LP Into Abaddon. Set for an October 13, 2009 release date, the as-yet-untitled album is said to feature â€œinsanely dynamicâ€ songs boasting passages containing â€œthree part guitar harmoniesâ€. The record will feature the forcible SAVIOURS lineup of guitarist / vocalist Austin Barber, bassist Cyrus Comiskey drummer Scott Batiste and guitarist Sonny Reinhardt (ex-Watch Them Die), who joined the band in 2008.
When asked for comment, Batiste asserted, â€œWe just got back from ravaging Europe, playing the whole new album every night. With Sonny joining us, the tempos and guitar work have definitely been cranked up a few notches, though the heaviness is still intact. The new jams are road toughened and more killer than we could have imagined.â€
Fresh off a blistering performance at the 2009 Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland — where the band shared the stage with such like-minded acts as Neurosis, OM and Saint Vitus â€“ SAVIOURS now hit the studio to capture what will undoubtedly be its most venomous recording to date. In advance of the albumâ€™s release, SAVIOURS will issue three new 7â€ records, all of which will drop on June 23. The vinyl-only EPs will be strictly limited to 500 copies each with artwork branded by Tim Lehi of San Franciscoâ€™s BlackHeart Tattoo. Details on the three EPs are as follows:
– SAVIOURS Acid Hand 7â€ EP (features the new tracks â€œAcid Handâ€ b/w â€œSlave to the Hexâ€). See the cover art here.
– SAVIOURS Burninâ€™ Cross 7â€ EP (features the new track â€œBurninâ€™ Cross b/w â€œFire in the Skyâ€ [SAXON cover]). See the cover art here.
– SAVIOURS F.G.T. 7â€ EP (features the new track â€œF.G.T.â€ b/w â€œRunning Wildâ€ [JUDAS PRIEST cover]). See the cover art here.
â€œThe demos we did with Scott Ecklein in Oakland this April came out so good that we thought should do something with them,â€ Batiste continued. â€œSo we tracked a few covers for b-sides and decided to do a limited vinyl 7″ thing so people can check out some of the new songs before fall.â€
The new SAVIOURS song â€œAcid Handâ€ has been posted online courtesy of ALARM Magazine. Check out the scorching track now at this location.
Fast becoming known as one of the best contemporary metal bands on the planet today, SAVIOURS deliver sensational heavy music with a latent punk energy that merges scorched-earth aggression and multidirectional riff odysseys with a mean d-beat pummel and MotÃ¶rhead-like locomotive roar. The band has met to shining praise since its formation in 2002 and has electrified stages the world over, touring alongside peers such as High on Fire, The Sword and Mastodon. A full listing of upcoming SAVIOURS live dates follows this message.
SAVIOURS are available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band, simply contact Carl Schultz at ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated SAVIOURS news and tour information will be made available via the SAVIOURS online domains: www.killforsaviours.blogspot.com / www.myspace.com/saviours666, the Kemado Records website: www.kemado.com and the ACTION! PR website: www.action-pr.com.
“cult heaviness” â€“ SPIN
“We may never see another MotÃ¶rhead in the mainstream, but the Oakland, Calif.-based SAVIOURS are doing their part to bring traditional hard rock / metal to the masses” – METRO NEW YORK
â€œYou know youâ€™re playing a good set when your music not only commands the attention of the likes of J Mascis and Matt Pike, but youâ€™re sounding so tight that it compels the two guitar greats to air shred like a couple of Maiden fans circa 1980.â€ â€“ DECIBEL
“A duel-guitar riff-fest inspired by NWOBHM and ’70s proto-doom.” – REVOLVER
â€œThe pummeling begins early and the punishment is doled out often as the quartet creeps across Black Sabbath doom, takes a page from Metallica’s 1983 thrash metal rulebook, â€œKill ‘Em All,â€ and unleashes Black Flag rawness.â€ â€“ CMJ
â€œSAVIOURS are one of the latest greats to emerge out of a local legacy, which includes heavyweights like High on Fire, Neurosis and Acid King. The tough-as-nails four-piece draws from the classic sounds of the new wave of British heavy metal (NWOBHM), Bay Area thrash, doom and punk rock, branding it with their own intense rebellion and hedonism.â€ â€“ ALARM
â€œOakland, California, riff-rock quadrangle SAVIOURS write songs that channel an arcane mytho-mysticism of their own design, pounding home each unintelligible lyric with a hi-watt cannonade of drum domination and sheer amplified force. The result is a near-fatal overdose for riff addicts, sidebangers and motÃ¶rheads alike.” ALTERNATIVE PRESS
“SAVIOURS like to pull the same trick as Mastodon often does: rather than playing actual songs with structures and choruses and stuff, they settle into geometric patterns and then, without warning, switch up their time-signatures and lurch off into some other groove. Those guitars are big and chunky and repetitive, and when they lock into a groove, they devastate.” – VILLAGE VOICE
“For the sake of music journalism, we’ll call the group traditional underground metal with MotÃ¶rhead-gruff vocals and good-ol’-fashioned riffs of might and menace. The guitar work in this band is just amazing…driving, doom-filled guitars that make you feel as though you’re being chased by Satan in a pickup” – SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY
“stoned out, gritty rock riffing barrages. Fuck yeah.” â€“ THRASHER
SAVIOURS tour dates:
(all dates include Skeletonwitch and Trap Them)
July 9 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
July 10 Portland, OR Satyricon
July 11 Berkeley, CA 924 Gilman St.
July 12 San Francisco, CA Thee Parkside
July 13 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Brewing Company
July 14 Fresno, CA Starline
July 15 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
July 16 Los Angeles, CA Knitting Factory
July 17 San Diego, CA Che Cafe
July 18 Phoenix, AZ The Phix (w/ Landmine Marathon)
July 20 Austin, TX Emo’s (Indoors) (w/ Pack of Wolves)
July 21 Denton, TX Rubber Gloves
July 22 Little Rock, AR Vino’s
July 23 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
July 24 St. Louis, MO The Firebird