Exclusive Cinemetal Premiere: Striker’s “Phoenix Lights”


Four dudes with leather jackets, enough hair to make a life-sized Chewbacca doll, and smoke machine walk into the woods and headbang you into oblivion.

That’s not the set-up for a joke: it’s a description of “Phoenix Lights,” the sweet new Lindsay Robinson-directed video from Canada’s Striker. Much like Exmortus and Holy Grail, Striker unabashedly play no-bullshit metal that has one foot planted firmly in the genre’s past while still managing not to sound retro. “Phoenix Lights” is the kind of song that will induce longhairs to headbang and shorthairs to wish they were longhairs so they could headbang; it demands the shotgunning of beer and the pumping of fists. You’re gonna love it.

MetalSucks is stoked to debut the video for “Phoenix Lights,” which you can check out below. The song appears on Striker’s latest release, Stand in the Fire, which is out now. Get it here. Buy sweet Striker merch here. The band also has a whole lotta U.S. and European tour dates coming up! Get all of those at the bottom of this post.

Jan 20 – Highline, Seattle, WA
Jan 21 – The High Water Mark, Portland, OR
Jan 22 – Old Nick’s Pub, Eugene, OR
Jan 23 – Elbo Room, San Francisco, CA
Jan 24 – Complex, Glendale, CA
Jan 25 – Club Red, Mesa, AZ
Jan 27 – Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
Jan 28 – Rudyards, Houston, TX
Jan 29 – Siberia, New Orleans, LA
Jan 31 – Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL
Feb 01 – Haven Lounge, Winter Park, FL
Feb 07 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Feb 08 – Fubar, St. Louis, MO
Feb 09 – Reggie’s, Chicago, IL
Feb 10 – Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis, MN

Feb 20 Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany
Feb 21 Masters of Rock Cafe Zlin, Czech Republic
Feb 22 Szene Vienna, Austria
Feb 23 Backstage Munich, Germany
Feb 24 Vox Club Modena, Italy
Feb 25 Orion Rome, Italy
Feb 27 Dynamo Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 28 Kulturfabrik Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
Mar 01 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
Mar 03 Le Moulin Marseille, France
Mar 04 Bikini Barcelona, Spain
Mar 05 La Riviera Madrid, Spain
Mar 06 Custom Sevilla, Spain
Mar 07 Lisboa ao Vivo Lisbon, Portugal
Mar 09 Totem Pamplona, Spain
Mar 10 Barbey Theatre Bordeaux, France
Mar 11 Le Metronum Toulouse, France
Mar 12 Le Ninkaso Kao Lyon, France
Mar 14 La Rodia Besancon, France
Mar 15 L’Austre Canal Nancy, France
Mar 16 Antipode Rennes, France
Mar 17 Engine Rooms Southampton, United Kingdom
Mar 18 Marble Factory Bristol, United Kingdom
Mar 19 Tramshed Cardiff, United Kingdom
Mar 20 Rescue Rooms Nottingham, United Kingdom
Mar 22 Club Academy Manchester, United Kingdom
Mar 23 Corporation Room 1 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Mar 24 The Classic Grand Glasgow, United Kingdom
Mar 25 Limelight 2 Belfast, United Kingdom
Mar 26 The Academy Dublin, Ireland
Mar 28 Slade Rooms Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Mar 29 Le Splendid Lille, France
Mar 30 X Hereford, Germany
Mar 31 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg, Germany
Apr 01 Effenaar Eindhoven, Netherlands
Apr 02 Tivoli Pandora Utrecht, Netherlands
Apr 04 Essigfabrik Cologne, Germany
Apr 05 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, Germany
Apr 06 Hellraise rLeipzig, Germany
Apr 07 KB Malmö, Sweden
Apr 08 Frimis Salonger Örebro, Sweden
Apr 09 Pustervik Göteborg, Sweden

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