Photo By Seijiro Nishimi
Tokyo, Japan-based metallic hardcore outfit KRUELTYwill begin their North American tour with Sanguisugabogg and more next week in support of their savage new LP, Untopia, released earlier this year on Profound Lore Records.
Formed in 2017, KRUELTY has become one of the most notable artists to find that sweet spot where heavy beatdown hardcore and ‘90s American/Scandinavian death/doom metal meet. This devastating amalgamation becomes the blueprint of brutality and slam the band unleashes. With KRUELTY, you will hear the ultimate convergence of some of the most punishing death metal riffs and savage breakdowns influenced by Japanese and ‘90s East Coast hardcore bands.
With their second LP, Untopia, KRUELTY offers an album even more massive in scope and ultimately heavier than their prior output. The seven-song record was produced by Taylor Young at The Pit Studios (Nails, Xibalba, Section H8), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Terminal Nation, Mindforce), and features artwork by Norwegian artist Sindre Foss Skancke.
KRUELTY has been touring the planet mercilessly all year in support of their acclaimed Untopia LP, having completed tours of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Now, the North American Incisions Tour 2023 is about to begin. Running from July 11th through August 13th, the tour will see KRUELTY, Vomit Forth, and Gates To Hell supplying support for Sanguisugabogg, with additional support from Deterioration and Deadbody on select dates throughout the trek. The tour also hits the massive Sound And Fury Festival in Los Angeles, the stacked bill containing three dozen bands including Trapped Under Ice, Twitching Tongues, Dead Heat, Big Boy, Fugitive, God’s Hate, Gel, and many more.
Following the tour, KRUELTY has also booked shows in Philadelphia with Outer Heaven on August 14th and Baltimore with Firestarter August 15th. See the updated routing below and watch for updates as the band continues their world domination in support of Untopia.
KRUELTY North American Incisions Tour w/ Sanguisugabogg, Vomit Forth, Gates To Hell, Deterioration *, Deadbody ^:
7/11/2023 Preserving Underground – Pittsburgh, PA *
7/12/2023 The Foundry – Cleveland, OH *
7/13/2023 Legends Bar & Venue – Cincinnati, OH *
7/14/2023 Portal – Louisville, KY *
7/15/2023 The End – Nashville, TN *
7/16/2023 Red Flag – St. Louis. MO *
7/18/2023 Wildwood – Iowa City, IA
7/19/2023 The Aquarium – Fargo, ND
7/20/2023 Park Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
7/21/2023 Black Cat Tavern – Saskatoon, SK
7/22/2023 Starlite Temple – Edmonton, AB
7/23/2023 Dickens – Calgary, AB
7/25/2023 The District Bar – Spokane, WA
7/26/2023 Shrine Basement – Boise, ID
7/27/2023 The Holland Project – Reno, NV
7/28/2023 Full Circle Brewery – Fresno, CA
7/29/2023 Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA
7/30/2023 Sound And Fury Festival @ Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA
7/31/2023 Eagle Aerie Hall – Las Vegas, NV
8/02/2023 House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
8/03/2023 Chelsea’s Live – Baton Rouge, LA
8/04/2023 The Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
8/05/2023 The Conduit – Orlando, FL
8/06/2023 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
8/08/2023 New Brookland Tavern – Columbia, SC
8/09/2023 Motorco Music Hall – Durham, NC
8/10/2023 House Of Independents – Asbury Park, NJ ^
8/11/2023 Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY ^
8/12/2023 Webster Underground – Hartford, CT ^
8/13/2023 Empire Underground – Albany, NY ^
8/14/2023 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Outer Heaven, Goetia
8/15/2023 Metro – Baltimore, MD w/ Firestarter, Gradual Slip, Morbideity, Immersed In Pain
“Japan has a long, proud history of making some of the most gut-rippingly intense punk, metal, and hardcore in existence, and the Tokyo band KRUELTY have carved out a place within that tradition. KRUELTY make the heaviest version of hardcore imaginable, pulling influence from beatdown and death metal to make something truly disgusting.” – Stereogum
“…more than the mix of genres, it’s the relentless fury that catches you first. Brain-numbing slam-by-numbers or mere circle pit-fodder breakdown sausage factory, it certainly ain’t.” – Decibel Magazine
“Death metal and hardcore are romantically entwined these days, but KRUELTY do things a little differently with their take on that common crossover… It’s basically full-on metal, with just a teensy bit of hardcore bite.” – Revolver Magazine
“KRUELTY treats their stylistic combination like a contest to see how much punishment they can derive from each genre they take from. Like the legends of metallic hardcore, they thoughtfully take elements from both ends of the spectrum that best help them serve up a healthy dose of adrenaline. To that effect, these guys continue to set a standard for the Japanese underground with Untopia.” – Metal Injection