Today sees the worldwide release of TAU CROSS’ highly anticipated sophomore album Pillar of Fire on CD/2xLP/Digital via Relapse Records. The album is available for purchase at Relapse.com HERE and digital downloads can be ordered via Bandcamp AT THIS LOCATION. Listen to the album in full featuring photography by Cavan Blight HERE.
Additionally, TAU CROSS will tour throughout Europe beginning next week. The tour commences July 29th in Finland and ends August 8th in Denmark. A full list of confirmed tour dates is listed below.
Pillar of Fire further expands the group’s unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke’s metallic post-punk and Motörhead’s anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism. Pillar of Fire is a musical unearthing of TAU CROSS’ philosophical preoccupations: mythological motifs, ultra-terrestrial hypotheses, surreal, social political landscapes and the endless search for meaning in a controlled Universe.
“…a more adventurous affair, veering from the expected four-to-the-floor chugging to the title track’s acoustic reverie, but the band’s fiery spirit remains resolute. And then, of course, there’s Miller’s voice; the bastard offspring of Lemmy and Jaz Coleman, its fierce authority makes everything here sound like a clangourous, inspirational mountainside sermon…” – Team Rock
“Like Amebix, the song sorta occupies the grey area between punk and metal, with melodic riffage, heavy chugs, snarling shouts, gravelly screams, and just a little bit of psychedelia. The grainy, black-and-white video suits the song well. “ – BrooklynVegan on “Killing The King” single
“TAU CROSS is an act that combines the veteran experience and the youngster vitality. What comes across is that all five members enjoy greatly what they do… through every twist and turn of Pillar Of Fire TAU CROSS comes across with undiluted attitude and conviction, and that honesty to themselves and their sound is what really stays.” –Pop Matters
“Like Amebix, TAU CROSS rages, but with tempered intensity and a controlled, focused fire. May that fire continue to burn bright, and the travels always continue.” – Angry Metal Guy
“Pillar Of Fire crunches forward time and time again with tracks that can’t help but make you smile, but also that encourage you to think. Building on the old masters to craft something grand, it’s hard not to fall in love with what TAU CROSS have done here.” –Two Guys Metal Reviews
TAU CROSS Tour Dates:
Jul 29 Lempaala, FI Puntala Rock Festival
Jul 30 Turku, FI Street Bar 95
Aug 01 Stockholm, SE Kraken
Aug 02 Oslo, NO Revolver
Aug 03 Gothenburg, SE Truckstop Alaska
Aug 04 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang
Aug 05 Rotterdam, NL Baroeg
Aug 06 Giavera del Montello IT Disintegrate Your Ignorance Festival
Aug 07 Berlin, DE Badehaus
Aug 08 Copenhagen, DK Beta Dirty Days of Summer
TAU CROSS are a veteran punk / metal collective revolving around Amebix bassist / frontman Rob Miller, Voivod drummer Michel ‘Away’ Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War//Plague. TAU CROSS presents a unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism, a melting pot of Killing Joke, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Joy Division with an infusion of 16th century English mysticism.
Formed in 2013 across two continents and three countries, TAU CROSS is the natural evolution of Miller’s work in Amebix. The band’s self-titled debut was recorded in 2014 and released via Relapse Records in May 2015 to widespread critical reception including an inclusion on Rolling Stone’s Top 3 Metal Albums of the Year list. TAU CROSS may have set a high standard for its first record, but if the band has proven anything so far, it’s that it’s incredibly skilled at meeting – and exceeding – expectations. TAU CROSS made their live debut performance in 2016 in North America, followed by a special mainstage performance at the legendary Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands.
Now in 2017, TAU CROSS return with their highly anticipated sophomore full-length entitled Pillar of Fire. Recorded in three different countries and co-produced by “The Baron”, Pillar of Fire further expands the group’s unique musical approach ranging from dark folk witchery to industrial punk metal brutalism; a moody melting pot of Killing Joke’s metallic post-punk and Motörhead’s anthemic, hard rock with flourishes of traditional instrumentation and an infusion of 16th century English mysticism. Pillar of Fire is a musical unearthing of TAU CROSS’s philosophical preoccupations: mythological motifs, ultra-terrestrial hypotheses, surreal, social political landscapes and the endless search for meaning in a controlled Universe.
TAU CROSS are:
Rob ‘The Baron’ Miller – Bass, Vocals
Andy Lefton – Guitar
Jon Misery – Guitar
Michel ‘Away’ Langevin – Drums
Tom Radlo – Bass
James Adams – Keyboards