Chicago upstarts Lionfight are ready to rock you with their brand new self-titled EP. The disc doesn't drop until Feb. 4, but we've got the exclusive stream here at Loudwire to give you a taste of what this band's all about (listen below).

With ample energy and a hard-hitting sound, Lionfight have been building up their fanbase. Led by frontman Nick Astacio and rounded out by guitarist Akash Hans, bassist Bryan Patrick Cole and drummer Peter Dornowski, Lionfight entered the studio with acclaimed producers Joey Sturgis and Marc McCluskey to lay down the five songs on their self-titled EP.

The EP kicks off with the hard-hitting 'Vortex,' with Hans, Cole and Dornowski building a pummeling wall of sound behind Astacio's in-your-face vocals. 'Fake Friends' is a future standout, with its time shifts, sludgy riffs and impressive bass and guitar work. 'Uncle Ben' shows a bit of the band's range offering both melodic and angst-ridden deliveries from Astacio, while 'Wrightwood' and 'Vine' wrap up the EP in hard-hitting, brutal fashion.

The band says of their new EP, "A lot of people go through dark times in their lives … some more than others. These struggles breeds loneliness and fear. This EP is a result of the darkness that we've dealt with, from deep rooted family issues to drug abuse and worse. We've gone through a lot individually and collectively, especially over the past year, while creating this EP. We feel this EP is the release of our struggles and our darkness. It was created to show anyone who listens that darkness can be fought and loneliness is just an illusion. #ThePrideIsReal"

If you like what you hear, Lionfight are releasing their EP on Feb. 4. Plus you can see them live during the month of February, both playing their own shows and sharing stages with Breathe Carolina on the 'We Are Savages' trek. Their upcoming dates can be seen below the EP stream. For more on Lionfight, check out their Facebook page.

Listen to Lionfight's Self-Titled EP


Lionfight 2014 Tour Dates:

2/5 -- Tucson, Ariz. -- The Rock (with Breathe Carolina)
2/6 -- Albuquerque, N.M. -- Sunshine Theater
2/7 -- Denver, Colo. -- Summit Music Hall
2/8 -- Salt Lake City, Utah -- Murray Theater
2/10 -- Seattle, Wash. -- El Corazon (with Breathe Carolina)
2/11 -- Portland, Ore. -- Hawthorne Theater (with Breathe Carolina)
2/12 -- Sacramento, Calif. -- Ace Of Spades (with Breathe Carolina)
2/13 -- Sacramento, Calif. -- Slim's (with Mod Sun)
2/14 -- Las Vegas, Nev. -- Hard Rock Live (with Breathe Carolina)
2/15 -- Pomona, Calif. -- Glass House (with Breathe Carolina)
3/13 -- Houston, Texas -- Walter's Downtown
3/15 -- Grand Prairie, Texas -- QuikTrip Park (with Bring Me the Horizon)