Lionheart is an American hardcore band from Oakland, California. Formed in 2004 in Oakland, California Lionheart consists out of vocalist Rob Watson, guitarists Evan Krejci and Rob McCarthy, as well of bassist Chad Hall (Currently in "Wear The Crown" - a heavy metal / hardcore band formed in 2017) and drummer Jay Scott after several line-up changes.
The band released their debut record The Will to Survive on September 2, 2007 via Stillborn Records and I Scream Records which got re-released with bonus materials two years later. After signing a record deal with Mediaskare Records Lionheart released their second studio album Built on Struggle on January 8, 2011. A year and a half later, on May 8, 2012 the follow-up album Undisputed was released again on Mediaskare. An EP Welcome to the West Coast was released on January 14, 2014 via Fast Break Entertainment.
Between July and September 2011 Lionheart toured together with I Declare War. Between January 20–31, 2012 the band toured Europe during the Persistence Tour alongside Biohazard and Suicidal Tendencies. In July the same year a Northern American tour followed with Thick As Blood. Normally the band should have played Europe during that time but the concert tour got cancelled. The band drew criticism from some fans after they confirmed playing a show with Motionless in White on Hawaii. The band stated that it was only one concert and they aren't touring together, but they haven't disrespect to Motionless in White either. In the beginning of 2015 the band toured Europa as participant of the Taste of Anarchy Tour with Nasty and German Beatdown band Coldburn. The band played some mid-sized festivals in summer 2005 including Ieperfest in Belgium, Traffic Jam Open Air and Summerblast Festival, both located in Germany. The festival appearances were part of a second Europe tour in Europe in 2015 where the band shared stage with bands like Death by Stereo, H2O, Born from Pain, 7 Seconds and First Blood.
In the beginning of 2016 the band released their fourth studio album called Love Don't Live Here via German-based label Beatdown Hardwear Records. On May 26, 2016 the band announced their break-up. Five days after that announcement Lionheart announced the dates of their Farewell Tour in Europe, which included appearances on festivals like With Full Force, Vainstream Rockfest and the Free & Easy Festival all located in Germany. Even so, Lionheart played shows in Serbia and Greece for the first time. On August 12, 2016 it was announced that the Farewell Tour will be expanded so the band will play their last concert in Germany on November 5, 2016 in Chemnitz.
After about a year disbanding, on Facebook the band announced that they have reunited with the following post: "ATTN: When we announced our breakup, over a year ago, we meant it. Balancing jobs and personal lives w/ trying to tour full time was impossible, so we chose to take a step back. However, it wasn't long before we all missed it. This is what we've known for over a decade and this is who we are. We all miss playing shows and releasing music, so fuck it: We are back. We'll never be a full time band again, but close friends of ours have encouraged us to join them on a short run, so we will share that info later today. We never should have broken up in the first place, but we've been fucking up since day 1 so why change now? Life is short. See you soon. LHHC."
The music of Lionheart was described as Hardcore punk rooted Metalcore, and compared with Hatebreed on their debut record The Will to Survive. The musical style is comparable with Terror, Shattered Realm and Settle the Score. Lionheart uses musical elements of Beatdown hardcore and Two-Step in their sound. One more musical influence is Cro-Mags. All in all the music Lionheart delivers can be described as an mixture of Hardcore punk and metal.
The band is known for their aggressive sound which can be compared with First Blood and Blood Stands Still.
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