Photo by: Veronika Reinert
Official press release:
Southern California hardcore/metal outfit Take Offense has completed their latest recording in the form of a new five-song EP, Tensions On High, setting the record for release through Flatspot Records on March 30th. The EP’s lead track, “Trust”, has been premiered at No Echo as the label issues pre-orders and more.
Following several records through Reaper Records and more, veteran Chula Vista skull-crushers Take Offense return with another dose of concrete solid, blazing metallic hardcore. Established in 2004, Take Offense could easily slide into the “established band” pattern of putting out a passable, if uninspired album every few years. Instead, spending the past five years touring, refining and dialing in the tracks on Tensions On High yields only the most prime, crucial outbursts the band has to offer.
Drawing from the ’80s hardcore pantheon, particularly the visionaries who pioneered hardcore and metal’s earliest alchemical experiments, citing Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, and DRI, Take Offense pushes their sound to dizzying heights on Tensions On High, forging a sound that’s as familiar as it is fresh. Tensions On High was recorded at Jet To Mars Studios by Nick Jett (Terror), mixed and mastered at Casa Sonido by Nick Jett, and finished with cover art by Gera Vega with layout and design by Jose Gonzales.
Check out Take Offense’s “Trust” issues via No Echo below:
Tensions On High track listing:
2. “Tensions On High”
5. “Just Because You Believe”
Take Offense has booked several new upcoming shows and tour dates following the release of the Tensions On High. First up, the band will join Madball, Death Threat, Turnstile, Shark Attack, and many more at United Blood XII in Richmond, Virginia the weekend after the EP is released, April 6th and 7th. Upon their return to California, they’ll tear through the state supporting Sheer Terror on four shows, playing April 12th through 15th in Pomona, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Diego. May will see Take Offense supporting Life Of Agony in San Diego on the 22nd. Watch for additional new tour dates to be announced.
4/06-4/07 – Richmond, VA | The Canal Club (United Blood XII)
4/12 – Pomona, CA | Characters (feat. Sheer Terror & Easy Money)
4/13 – Sacramento, CA | Den Of Sin (feat. Sheer Terror & Easy Money)
4/14 – San Francisco, CA | Thee Parkside (feat. Sheer Terror & Easy Money)
4/15 – San Diego, CA | Space Bar (feat. Sheer Terror & Easy Money)
5/22 – San Diego, CA | Brick By Brick (feat. Life Of Agony)
Take Offense is:
A.H. – vocals
Greg Cerwonka – lead guitar
Ruben Benavides – rhythm guitar
Randy Noyes – bass
Joe Rodriguez – drums