Do you know the feeling of not being sure if you've seen that movie before? If BEAR were a movie, they wouldn't be like that. BEAR are that band you won't ever forget seeing live. A threat. They come to you, they confront you, they give you the feeling that you are not safe in the audience. And what a rare gift that is, in our safe world of comfort stable mediocrity, where security has become the ultimate value. By that, BEAR revoke the spirit of great hardcore bands of the 90's... bands like Catharsis or Gehenna, bands whose raw energy, uncompromising delivery and relentlessly violent performance was as energizing and invigorating as it was puzzling for the oftentimes baffled audience, who had their teeth caved in by guitars thrown in their direction, and a bearded front man caving through them like a derailed freight train, coming to a flaming halt at the end of the room, behind the mixing desk.
Belgian progressive metal/hardcore unit BEAR will release their Propaganda full-length this May via Pelagic Records. BEAR invokes the spirit of great hardcore bands of the ‘90s; bands like Catharsis or Gehenna, bands whose raw energy, uncompromising delivery, and relentlessly violent performance was as energizing and invigorating as it was puzzling for the oftentimes baffled audience, who had their teeth caved in by guitars thrown in their direction, and a frontman charging through them like a derailed freight train, coming to a flaming halt at the end of the room, behind the mixing desk.
BEAR hails from Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city and home to a thriving local metal and hardcore scene since the ‘90s, which is when members of BEAR first met. This year marks their 10th anniversary as a band. With three albums released since on Let It Burn and Basick Records, performances at festivals such as Graspop, Roadburn, Rock Herk, Euroblast, UK Tech Fest, Complextiy Fest, and headlining tours throughout Europe and India, the band has made themselves a name in the heavy music underground scene as one of the most punishing live acts out there.
The first few seconds of opener “Dissolve Dissipate” leave no doubt that latest album, Propaganda, is angry — an album against propaganda; against the manipulative character of communication and product-placement that we face each time we turn on the TV, walk through the aisles of a supermarket, or tune in to Spotify without a paid subscription. And while blatant ideological propaganda is being camouflaged behind product propaganda within an endless floating spectrum of ever-growing, artificially created needs and demands, ideology is as a matter of fact constantly being reinstated and affirmed.
BEAR alludes to all of this with metaphors and artwork referencing historic propaganda and the political practices used by the terrible dictators of the 20th century presented in a pop-art style that is equal parts ironic and iconic. BEAR criticizes propaganda by making Propaganda of their ownm with their very own aural bombs, symbols, and manifestos. Fear the BEAR.
BEAR will unleash Propaganda May 8th on CD, LP, and digital formats. Find preordering options below.
North America – http://bit.ly/bearpropagandaNA Europe – http://bit.ly/bearpropagandaEU Australia – http://bit.ly/bearpropagandaAUS Digital – http://bit.ly/bearpropagandaDGTL “At various points, Propaganda dips its toes into the mathcore experimentalism of early Dillinger Escape Plan and Car Bomb, the fiery noise rock of Unsane and Today Is The Day, and — as on Propaganda’s first single, ‘Apollo’s Heist’ — the sublimely elastic groove of Meshuggah and Intronaut. All of these elements are wrapped up in adroitly-written songs that combine sheer aggression with infectious hooks in the best possible way.” -- MetalSucks "“The song bounces back and forth between prog metal and mile-a-minute hardcore, which are not two things that cross paths too often, but BEAR pull it off.” -- BrooklynVegan on "Gutter Love"