SANTA CRUZ – Into the War

The Finnish hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ will release their highly anticipated fourth album, Katharsis, on Oct. 18 via M-Theory Audio, two days before the group hits the road with Atreyu on a month-long North American tour. A complete list of the band’s upcoming concerts appears below.

Today, the group – who have recently shared European stages with the likes of Bon Jovi, Steel Panther and Whitesnake, and whose current single Tell Me Why continues to gain traction on America’s active rock radio charts – unveils the third advance taste of their new album, the uplifting and anthemic Into The War. A lyric video for the song, designed by Rafael Ortega of Ecliptic Visions, can be seen at this location.

Into The War is also available for streaming across all digital platforms and is one of three “instant grat” tracks that are being offered with digital pre-orders of Katharsis.

The album – the cover art for which was designed by Tim LeNoir (Guns N’ Roses, Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons) – can also be pre-ordered on CD and neon-colored vinyl at this location:

Produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, Papa Roach), Katharsis marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the story of SANTA CRUZ, who made impressive waves on both sides of the Atlantic in the five-year period following the release of their acclaimed 2013 debut. In Europe, the group scored two Top 5 albums in their home country, supported the likes of AC/DC and delivered memorable performances at major events such as the UK’s Download Festival. In America, meanwhile, the band appeared on the AXS TV program “Breaking Band,” played notable gigs such as Rock On The Range and the inaugural Motörboat cruise and toured alongside I Prevail, Through Fire, Amaranthe and Sebastian Bach.

Halfway through an American tour with Fozzy last spring, however, founding member Archie Cruz and his then-bandmates parted ways. Soon after, Archie temporarily relocated to Las Vegas to write and record Katharsis with Churko at the city’s Hideout Recording Studio (In This Moment, Disturbed, Halestorm). “The whole year was very spiritual for me”, Archie recently told KaaosTV. “I had to reevaluate myself, my goals, what I wanted to do… When the whole fallout happened, I saw this as a great opportunity for me to finally put myself out there creatively, the way I wanted to do it for the longest time. It was a blessing in disguise, really.”

While Katharsis is not a concept album per se, several of the album’s 11 tracks (Changing of Seasons, True Believer, Salvation) address Archie’s journey to rebuild SANTA CRUZ. Other songs tackle relationships, for better (Testify) or worse (It Was You). Perhaps the album’s most eye-opening moments, meanwhile, are its two riveting power ballads, the plaintive I Want You To Mean It and the soaring Smoke Signals. And lest anyone think that the group has lost its affinity for the music of the 1980s, the album’s closing track is a faithful but adrenalized cover of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic No. 1 hit Time After Time. As a whole, Katharsis is an exciting, diverse and – dare we say? – mature album that should appeal to fans of classic Sunset Strip hard rock and modern hard rock alike.

Prior to hitting the road with Atreyu, SANTA CRUZ – who earlier this month played their first-ever concerts in Mexico and Brazil – will appear at two of the fall’s biggest rock festivals, Louder Than Life (Louisville, Kentucky) and Aftershock (Sacramento, California), where they will perform alongside the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Slipknot and Tool. European tour dates will be announced in the near future

9/27 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
10/5 Hollywood, CA – Viper Room
10/11 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock 2019
10/20 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/21 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
10/22 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
10/23 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
10/25   Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
10/26 Chattanooga, TN – The Signal
10/27 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
10/28 Pittsburgh, PA – Small’s
10/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
10/30 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/1 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
11/2 Providence, RI – The Stran

11/3 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
11/4 Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s
11/7 Niagara, NY – Rapids Theatre
11/8 Toledo, OH – Civic Music Hall
11/9 Belvidere, IL – Apollo Theater
11/10 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
11/11 St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
11/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios Live
11/14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11/15 Chico, CA – Senator Theater
11/16 Reno, NV – Cargo
11/18 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
11/19 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater
11/20 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater

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