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    1Hellbent and Hammered lyrics
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    1Hail Horror [2006]
    2groundBREAKINGceremony [1999]
    3Death Is Infinite [2001]
    4Himsa [1999]
    5Summon In Thunder [2007]
    6Courting Tragedy And Disaster [2003]


    JOHNNY PETTIBONE — Screams and Whispers
    DEREK HARN — Bass Sounds
    CHAD DAVIS — Drums

    In Sanskrit, "ahimsa" means "abstaining from causing hurt or harm." Appropriately, the Seattle-based Himsa dropped the "a," thereby reversing the definition. Just as the true meaning of the word "himsa" varies from culture to culture, its relevance and significance to each band member varies - however, a single theme unites the meaning of the word for the quintet: pain.

    Assembling the finer qualities of bands like Slayer, Iron Maiden, and In Flames, while adding a shot of hardcore undertones, punk rock culture and gothic rock aesthetics, Himsa's music is as violent and dark as their name suggests. The complexity and aggression of their latest offering, Courting Tragedy And Disaster, could not be more perfectly suited for the world in 2003 - musically and conceptually - echoing the specific fears and insecurities that plague so many of us these days.

    The band's second album, Courting Tragedy And Disaster, is unleashed upon the public alongside considerable media attention, including rave reviews from MTV, Metal Maniacs and Kerrang. Iann Robinson, on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, declared, "few bands in the year 2003 have released a record as aggressive, well written, or just damn good as Himsa...[fusing] together the best sounds of Testament-style thrash, Cro-Mags-style hardcore, and Deadguy vocals into a sound that sums up one of the best albums of this year, hands down."

    With the experiences of having played in such diverse-sounding and influential bands prior to joining Himsa (Trial, Undertow, Nineironspitfire), the quintet have united their collective creativity and technical prowess to carve out their own chunk of flesh from the heavy music genre - a new sound that's already being embraced by the trinity of heavy music scenes (metal, hardcore and punk) and beyond.

    Despite the myriad of setbacks and accidents that have befallen the band, Himsa remain a staple on the touring circuit. Years of diverse touring packages all across the world (North America, Europe, and parts of Asia that had never hosted a North American metal band) have made Himsa as comfortable playing alongside AFI as they are with bands like Atreyu, Bleeding Through, 18 Visions, Haste, and The Red Chord. In fact, the band have so embraced the touring lifestyle that they've dedicated eight months of their lives to touring in support of this album.

    Through the years, Himsa have evolved into an original metal-hybrid maintaining the hardcore roots in which the band was spawned. Courting Tragedy And Disaster features eleven tracks poised to introduce the aggressive music world to an explosion of harmonic thrashcore unlike any heard before.

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