Texas Hippie Coalition are back in action. The southern metal four-piece have emerged from the studio with their latest album Dark Side of Black, which is now on schedule for an April 22 street date via Carved Records.

The band entered Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, Texas and Valve Studios in Dallas with producer Sterling Winfield, crafting their songs until they were just right. "Dark Side of Black is our heaviest album to date for sure," explains vocalist Big Dad Ritch. "We've learned a lot having made four full-length albums prior. We're trying to use that knowledge we learned to make an album that can maintain what Ride On and Peacemaker bring to the table, yet we wanted it to lend itself more to the power that is the Red Dirt Metal of "Rollin" and "Pride of Texas." So it feels like Pride meets Peacemaker. Top shelf THC meets bottom shelf liquor..."

Drummer Timmy Braun, who had a serious infection just prior to recording, reveals that it affected his approach to the new album. He explains, "About Dark Side of Black, I have never had such a difficult time completing an album in my life. I say that because my first session I had just got out of the hospital. It was difficult for me to walk let alone play a drum kit. After being in bed for literally two weeks I felt a bit out of shape. Then for the second session my hand was swollen to almost twice its size because of an injury! I couldn't make a fist let alone play a drum kit. However, I'm hoping the vibe I was able to create will have a special flavor that I wouldn't have been able to offer had my life been in order, per se. In other words, tough times make for better art!"

Meanwhile, guitarist Cord Pool added, "Between tweaking our writing style and being influenced by personal things, Dark Side of Black leads the listener a step closer to the darker and heavier side of what we have to offer." You can check out the track listing for the new album below and pre-order the disc at this location.

In other news, Texas Hippie Coalition will soon return to the road in support of the album. Dates begin in mid-April and run through the end of May. Sons of Texas will provide support for a majority of the shows. Check out the full itinerary below and get your tickets here.

Texas Hippie Coalition, Dark Side of Black Track Listing:

1. "Angel Fall"
2. "Come Get It"
3. "Dark Side"
4. "Gods Are Angry"
5. "Hit It"
6. "Into the Wall"
7. "Knee Deep"
8. "Rise"
9. "Shakin'"
10. "Villain"

Texas Hippie Coalition 2016 Tour Dates

4/22 -- Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Black Sheep
4/23 -- Denver, Colo. -- Herman's Hideaway - Official Album Release Party
4/29 -- Shreveport, La. -- Riverside Warehouse
4/30 -- Atlanta, Ga. -- The Masquerade - Hell
5/1 -- Jacksonville, Fla. -- Metropolitan Park - Welcome to Rockville
5/3 -- Knoxville, Tenn. -- The Concourse at The International
5/4 -- Richmond, Va. -- The Broadberry
5/5 -- Lancaster, Pa. -- Chameleon Club
5/6 -- Winchester, Va. -- Blue Fox Billiards
5/7 -- Concord, N.C. -- Rock City Campgrounds @ Charlotte Motor Speedway - Carolina Rebellion
5/8 -- Virginia Beach, Va. -- Shaka's
5/10 -- Cambridge, Mass. -- Middle East Upstairs (NO Sons of Texas)
5/11 -- Poughkeepsie, N.Y. -- The Chance
5/12 -- Manchester, N.H. -- Jewel Nightclub
5/13 -- Rochester, N.Y. -- Montage Music Hall
5/14 -- Flint, Mich. -- The Machine Shop
5/15 -- Louisville, Ky. -- Trixie's Tiger Room
5/18 -- Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Hard Rock Cafe
5/19 -- Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Piere's Entertainment Center
5/20 -- Battle Creek, Mich. -- The Music Factory
5/21 -- Columbus, Ohio -- MAPFRE Stadium - Rock On The Range
5/22 -- Libertyville, Ill. -- Austin's Fuel Room
5/24 -- St. Louis, Mo. -- The Firebird
5/25 -- Omaha, Neb. -- Chrome Lounge
5/26 -- Des Moines, Iowa -- Wooly's
5/27 -- Lawrence, Kan. -- Granada Theater
5/28 -- Pryor, Okla. -- Catch The Fever Festival Grounds - Rocklahoma
5/29 -- San Antonio, Texas -- One AT&T Center Parkway - River City Rockfest

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