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SANTA CRUZ Unveils Lyric Video For ‘Into The War‘ New Album ‘Katharsis‘ Due Oct. 18


Helsinki hellraisers to support Atreyu on North American tour from Oct. 20 – Nov. 20

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:http://smarturl.it/katharsis.

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.


“Katharsis” track listing:

Changing of Seasons
Bang Bang (My Worst Enemy)
Into The War
I Want You To Mean It
True Believer
Tell Me Why
Smoke Signals
It Was You
Time After Time




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.

SANTA CRUZ is (left to right):

Archie Cruz: lead vocals, guitar

Toxy Cruz: drums

Ero Cruz: bass guitar, backing vocals

Pav Cruz: lead guitar, backing vocals


SANTA CRUZ on tour:

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 Strand

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