Fresno, California-based FAROOQ presents their third album, ‘Heat’, confirmed for release August 24th through Glacier Recordings. The album will see release following the band’s upcoming West Coast tour which consumed the first half of August, and the label has posted a visualizer video for the lead track “Owning It” as a precursor to the album’s intent.
FAROOQ’s musical style forms from a way of writing that chops up and blends together multiple music genre influences by incorporating sounds from the hardcore, metal, punk, rock, hip hop, and rap communities to create an artistic vision that goes against the prototypical hardcore and metal band grain. Lyrically each song is carefully crafted and presents a sincere take on social, cultural, and world issues. When these elements are thrown in together, FAROOQ melds together to form their own unique brand of hardcore and metal.
FAROOQ’s inception came at the end of 2010 when two of the founding members, guitarist Phillip Camacho and vocalist Daniel Dominguez combined their musical minds and talents in the hopes of creating something fresh for the California hardcore and metal scene. After a lengthy and exhausting search to find permanent drummer, the guys brought in Eric Martinez and put together a six-song self-titled EP. The band began playing shows shortly by the end of 2011 and has been very active over their seven-year run. FAROOQ has since released a second EP titled ‘Gas, Break, Drip’ in 2012, their debut album ‘The Truth’ in 2013, and their second album ‘The Faction’ in 2017. FAROOQ’s current lineup also includes guitarist Brandon Rubio and bassist Adam Lopez.
Drawing heavily from bands such as The Red Chord, Between The Buried And Me, Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Despised Icon, Pantera, Every Time I Die, Chon, and Polyphia, FAROOQ has had the honour of sharing the stage with the likes of Every Time I Die, Sworn Enemy, Knocked Loose, Lionheart, The Acacia Strain, Oceano, Rings Of Saturn, Winds Of Plague, Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Rotting Out, Sworn Vengeance, Hoods, Drowning, Shai Hulud, and many others.
Even though the group has grown from a vast category of bands and musical influences, FAROOQ maintains to this day a truly organic and home-grown sound all on its own. They continue to grow and expand on their musical capabilities throughout their discography while sticking to their musical core and beliefs. ‘Heat’ proves to be another successful chapter in the FAROOQ story line.
FAROOQ will advance the release of ‘Heat’ on a West Coast tour with support from Aberrance. The Heat 2018 Tour begins in the band’s hometown of Fresno on August 2nd and runs through the 12th. Additional tour dates are to be expected.
FAROOQ – Heat 2018 Tour w/ Aberrance:
8/02/2018 Full Circle Brewing Co – Fresno, CA
8/03/2018 The Spirit – Oroville, CA
8/04/2018 3rd Street Pub – Bend, OR
8/05/2018 The Pin – Spokane, WA
8/06/2018 Old School Records – Kalispell, MT
8/07/2018 The Garage – Pocatello, ID
8/08/2018 Moe’s BBQ – Denver, CO
8/09/2018 The Underground – Salt Lake City, UT
8/10/2018 Double Down Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
8/11/2018 The Britisher – Lancaster, CA
8/12/2018 Café Nela – Los Angeles, CA
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