It’s remarkable to think that almost ten years on from the release of their 2013 debut, “Romantic Delusions of Hell”, venerable cult rockers Die Like Gentlemen remain one of Portland Underground’s best kept secrets.
The band has set up to release their new studio album “Hard Truths” on March 17th 2023.
Born into the city’s heavy music scene; distinguished, eloquent and steeped in the spirit of Priest and Sabbath, for too long the Pacific Northwest’s gain has very much been the wider world’s loss. However, early next year all that should change. The band will make a thunderous return and with it bring their progressive rock leanings, deft song writing, heavy metal riffs and well warranted self-confidence on Hard Truths, their fifth studio album and most ambitious and cohesive work yet.
“We just write what we write”, explains vocalist/guitarist, Adam Alexander. “We all share a lot of influences – classic rock, death metal, doom, grunge – I guess it’s where we feel most comfortable: darkness, anger, anxiety, depression and doom. We’re not the first band to find freedom in dwelling on darker aspects but we’re always following different inspirations to keep things interesting”.
The first official offering from Hard Truths is “Last Night on Earth”, a swirling tempest of heavy metal and classic rock, in keeping with the band’s Odysseus-like approach to exploration, rocking hard against prevailing winds of change. Carving out their own path, as they always have done, to bring it all home in the most spectacular of fashions. Check it out below.
Die Like Gentlemen’s “Hard Truths” is available for pre-order here.
1. Guts of a Beggar
2. Last Night on Earth 06:57
3. Whipping Boy
4. Infalling Bodies
5. In Ruins
6. Bury Me
7. Letting in the Rain
8. Harbinger of Joy
Recorded by Dominic Armstrong at Red Rockets Glare in Portland, Oregon
Mixed by Dominic Armstrong
Mastered by Brad Boatright of Audiosiege Mastering
“Hard Truths” cover painting (‘Ocean at Night with Burning Ship’) by 19th century Swedish painter Marcus Larson
Adam Alexander – Vocals, Guitar
Shawn Boles – Drums
Matt Wieber – Lead Guitar
Sean Rodgers – Bass