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Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Band Metal Avant-garde


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"Czar EP review"

8 OUT OF 10: Brain and Brawn: …Czar still aspires to be brainy, arty Isis/Pelican-ish metal, but Novak’s past as chief Acumen Nation (and DJ? Acucrack) tunesmith means he can’t kick melodies and hooks cold turkey. Truth is, he and his bandmates don’t have the attention spansfor the vast experimentation of bands like Jesu, an obvious influence, but Czar turns that into a positive by meeting in themiddle. “In Defense of Pluto,” “Goregon Trail” and “Slave to Evacuation” compile the best aspects of all the aforementioned bands but stuffed into four minutes instead of strewn across 10.
It’s thinking man’s metal for those that strive to be onlyslightly smarter than the average headbanger.
- Outburn Magazine

"Czar EP review"

This is sure to be one of the most exciting EP releases of the year, and hints at even more powerful future offerings. With touches of Mastodonic riffing, melodic movements that would make Fear Factory proud, exploratory guitar work akin to that of Daylight Dies, and expertly tight drumming capped with very flattering production, Czar’s EP is as engulfing as an imploding star.This EP is an essential listen for fans of understated technical progressive metal and carries considerable force even without many vocals. The sonic elements in the background are also noteworthy for discerning listeners. I’ll be damned if my favorite album of 2009 isn’t even a full album, but this EP. This is 24 minutes of spacey, luxurious, and melodically sensible metal you won’t want to miss.

"Critics Choice"

This local art-metal trio is a side project of Chicago industrial institution Acumen Nation—vocalist-guitarist Jason Novak and drummer Dan Brill are both in that band too, and guitarist Brian Elza, formerly of epic indie-rock outfit Chiral, joined them for a spell in 2003. Czar have only been gigging since late last winter, and in May they released a self-titled EP on their own Cracknation label. Its five tracks include a rich diversity of guitar sounds and textures, riveted in place by inventive percussion; To my ears Czar have a great deal of promise but no fully developed identity yet; they seem to have realized that highly structured, panoramic landscape metal is fun as hell to play, but because they're still unloading their entire arsenal of songwriting tricks on every tune, none of them ends up with any particular character.
- Chicago Reader

"Top 10 to watch in 2010"

Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2010: #1: CZAR... a mutant fusion of brooding, heads-down post-rock, freewheeling, angular noise, and some surprising melodic passages. Vocals are kept to a minimum as its menacing rock morphs from a disjointed and spastic cacophony to a tightly coiled groove with the drop of a jagged chord. You can hear traces of Pelican in the murky, blast-furnace metal of “Depthless Paradise Of Terror” and the epic, billowing ebb and flow of “Above. Below”… mixing economical but sludgy riffs a la COC with blackmetal and Mastodon’s ambition.
- Illinois Entertainer



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released summer of 2009



A new Chicago-based metal trio, Czar was born from the ashes of Chicago industrial-stalwarts Acumen Nation, but has developed an entirely new and unique sound. Live, the guitar/drum/vocal dynamic is enhanced by ethereal noise washes and muted video projections. Recent accolades from Chicago Reader, Outburn, and Sputnik music have accompanied ever-heavier shows at Chicago outposts such as Empty Bottle, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, Elbo Room and Abbey Pub. Czar has opened in Chicago for national acts such as Skindred, Gates of Slumber and Silent Civilian.

Czar has just finished mixing their debut full-length, recorded with Matt Talbot (Hum, Centaur) and currently looking for a label to release the behemoth after gigging for 2 years and receiving positive accolades for their debut EP.

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