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2013 "NOIAINOIA" Press:



Blabbermouth: 9 out of 10

Outburn: 9 out of 10

Burton C. Bell: (Fear Factory) Top 5 of 2013

Metalsucks 1: Top 15 of 2013

Metalsucks 2: Top 15 of 2013

Guitar World: Video Premiere



Dead Rhetoric: 9 out of 10 (ex

Rock n Reel: 4.5 out of 5 (UK)

Faster/Louder: Top 13 of 2013 (Australia)

Alarm 4 out of 5

Metal Assault: Top 50 of 2013

Rock in Chicago Interview and album preview

Chicago Reader: album + show recommend

Curran Reynolds: Press blog





"aortic flower" : revolver magazine

"fuming rotter" : terrorizer magazine

"lurvy" : decibel magazine


Chicago's Czar ambushed the underground in late 2011 with the release of its staggering debut full-length, Vertical Mass Grave. A surprise critical hit of the year, Vertical Mass Grave combined machine-like metal with ambient expanse and olympian hooks. Terrorizer Magazine saw the band "seamlessly fusing a Mastodon-sized slab of riffage and the slightly more clinical approach inherent with death metal", while also "firmly reaching to more experimental post-metal realms."

After the album's release, Czar - comprised of guitarist/vocalist Jason Novak, guitarist Brian Elza and drummer Dan Brill - proceeded to tour the nation in spring 2013 as main support for the legendary Killing Joke.

In summer 2013, the band returned to Earth Analog, where the debut was birthed, and recorded the follow-up, again with producer Matt Talbott (known also as the frontman for 90s hitmakers Hum). Mixed and mastered by the band, christened with a title that Cormac McCarthy should be jealous of, and released November 4 on Cracknation, No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive takes the bands puzzling attack to new heights.

A dense sonic feast - blissfully natural and unprocessed, relative to today's norm -  No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive sees layers of melody, dissonance, polyrhythms and groove unite into anthems that are equally aggressive and precise, cryptic and soulful. No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive is the definitive document of Czar's sound to date and it belongs in the company of those classic albums that pushed the envelope while still absolutely rocking - from Heartwork to Slip.

Czar will be ramping up its live assault throughout the fall and winter, including Chicago dates with none other than Morbid Angel and Godflesh.

Available at the Cracknation store, itunes and bandcamp


2014 11x17 poster
2014 album cover
2014 logo
2014 band photo 1
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Also Available: "VERTICAL MASS GRAVE" 2011 LP and Self-Titled 2009 EP