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Earth Crisis Biography

Last updated: 03/22/2003 02:35:15 AM

This US hardcore band helped to revitalise the genre in the early 90s with their strident political message and an aggressive blend of hardcore and metal, an approach which continues to win new converts. The band was formed by Karl Buechner (vocals) after he graduated from high school in Syracuse, New York in 1989. By 1992 a stable line-up had been established with the addition of Scott Crouse (guitar), Kris Weichman (guitar), Ian Edwards (bass) and Dennis Merrick (drums). Their 1992 debut for the Conviction label, "All Out War", was well received and after strong live showings they signed to Victory Records. "Firestorm", a reissue of "All Out War' and their 1995 debut Destroy The Machines brought the band to the notice of the mass media, resulting in features on CNN, CBS and in The New York Times. Their ideologically charged lyrics, concerning environmental activism, animal liberation and straight edge principles, coupled with their electrifying live shows and fervent sound continued to be a potent mix, helping Destroy The Machines to become one of Victory's biggest selling releases. Gomorrah's Season Ends furthered their reputation, and with their profile growing they performed at the inaugural Ozzfest. They also performed a sell-out show in April at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Los Angeles with label-mates Strife and Snapcase, captured on The California Takeover ... Live. Their final release for Victory, 1998"s The Oath That Keeps Me Free, was a collection of rare and live tracks, including a crushing cover version of Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love". Shortly afterwards, Weichman was replaced by Ian Edward's brother Eric. In an attempt to convey their message to as many people as possible the band moved to Roadrunner in 1998. Despite a high volume of sales for that year's Breed The Killers and successful tours with Sepultura, Fear Factory and GWAR, Roadrunner dropped the band and they returned to Victory. In 1999, they played in front of 200,000 people in Colombia. The following year's Slither was considered a breakthrough album, with Buechner emerging as a more potent vocalist than previously expected while the album's more diverse and eclectic style, though still intense and powerful, gave them a more potent weapon with which to spread their message. The charismatic Buechner has also spoken for the US congress on youth issues.