Minneapolis-based American Head Charge have been major players in the industrial rock and extreme metal world, scoring hits with top-selling albums like The War of Art (recorded in the allegedly haunted studio of famed producer Rick Rubin) and sharing stages with Slayer, Ministry, Slipknot and Rammstein. But it's been quite a while since we heard new material from the band, as they've only recently reunited after a long hiatus. Naturally we were stoked to learn the band was back in the studio again, but we're even more excited to premiere a new AHC song: the opening cut “Writhe” from their upcoming EP Shoot.
“The heavy music scene is even worse off than we left it six years ago,” says bassist and co-founder Chad Hanks. "This is our first major step back into the game, and the next step in serving up a full-length AHC record.” He described the EP's creation as “a long, arduous process that spanned five states and six studios,” including recording sessions with producer Don Debiase in Cleveland, and mixing by Dave Fortman in New Orleans.
In addition to “Writhe,” Shoot contains the tracks “Set Yourself On Fire,” “Sugars Of Someday,” “Sand” and a cover of Patti Smith's “Rock N Roll Ni**er.” The EP is set to drop on July 23rd, and will soon be followed by a full-length album... look for more news on that project very soon.
In the meantime, AHC is kicking off a major headlining tour on August 2nd, with support from comic metallers Psychostick (find out more about that band here) and heavy-rock unit Blue Felix. They're still adding more venues and dates to the itinerary, which will continue through September 6th, so be sure to hit up their official site for the most current list. Shoot is being self-released by the band, and you can preorder a copy at their web store now.
But first it's time to power up “Writhe,” because this week you can only hear it right here!