Orange County, CA hardcore punk veterans Death By Stereo have announced they have signed with Viking Funeral Records, the label founded by Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge, Ken Seaton of Hardline Entertainment, and Suburban Noize Records. Death By Stereo’s sixth full-length studio album, “Black Sheep of the American Dream”, is set for a spring 2012 release.
“I am personally proud to be a part of Viking Funeral because Fletcher, Ken Seaton and the whole Suburban Noize family have the same DIY, never back down mentality that we have. Viking Funeral is a perfect home for us, as we’ve seen how labels work and the majority of them are more interested in making a quick buck instead of developing an artist that puts out great records,” commented Efrem Shulz from Death By Stereo. “Working with Viking Funeral brings us back to our early days in the hardcore and punk-rock scenes that birthed us, because they care about the music rather than what’s trendy. This record is a return to our roots and with the addition of our original bass player Paul Miner as producer we have re-established our signature sound and we managed to forge a new sonic path for Death by Stereo. Every individual in the band is excited to continue to shed light on the issues affecting our world and we plan to storm the globe with this record!”
Balancing chaos and consciousness is no easy task, and few bands will ever do it as well as Death By Stereo. Born in the same Orange County, CA scene that propelled bands like Throwdown, Eighteen Visions and Avenged Sevenfold into the national limelight, Death By Stereo have unleashed some classic hardcore punk-rock records over their 14 year career including 2001’s “Day of the Death” and 2003’s “Into the Valley of the Death”. The band’s relentless tour schedule has saw them tour alongside legendary groups like AFI, Sick Of It All, Rise Against, Thursday and the Vans Warped Tour, while earning a die-hard fan base across the globe.
On their new album “Black Sheep of the American Dream”, Death By Stereo have elevated their brand of conscious, politically charged hardcore punk-rock to the next level. Storming out of the gate harder, faster and louder than they ever have, the band has returned to their hardcore punk roots, and peppered their sound with crushing metal breakdowns and blazing guitar solos to create their most socially relevant and impassioned album to date. Attacking the system with a sonic barrage that only Death By Stereo can deliver, “Black Sheep of the American Dream” is a call to arms for the disenfranchised to stand up and fight back against a corrupt administration.
Death By Stereo will be direct support for Agnostic Front’s Hardcore Worldwide European tour with Naysayer throughout February.