German-based melodic death metal formation Hiraes – featuring former members of Dawn Of Disease and Critical Mess – will furiously kick off the new year with the release of their sophomore studio album, entitled “Dormant”, due out on January 26th, 2024, via Napalm Records!
Wasting no time, Hiraes have just unveiled the first single from “Dormant” – thunderous album opener “Through the Storm”. The track offers a glimpse into the variety of elements on the album, including powerful and varied drumming, poignant and melancholic melodies, infectious choruses, and breathtaking soundscapes – all complimented by Britta’s versatile vocals.
The band comments about the track and video:
“In a way, the video is a continuation of our first single, ‘Under Fire’, from the last album. It’s dedicated to a storm and its indomitable energy. Experience this debut single and join us as we navigate ‘Through the Storm’ together”!
The band adds:
“We are far beyond proud to present our second album ‘Dormant’ to you! The album will grab you with its intensity from the first second on and won’t let you go. We invested a lot of energy, dedication and passion to create this monumental and melancholic piece of melodic death metal. Having played countless shows over the last two years, ‘Dormant’ captures the energy of Hiraes’ live performances and places the songs right between heart and gut. Once again, none other than the talented staff of Fascination Street Studios under the direction of Jens Bogren are responsible for the refinement of our sound. We are so much looking forward to unleashing ‘Dormant’ upon all those metalheads out there”!
Watch the new Hiraes clip for “Through the Storm”, now premiering
Compared to their lauded 2021 debut, “Solitary”, it’s immediately evident that Hiraes did not only grow within their sound due to countless live appearances, but have invested more time and energy into developing their sophisticated songwriting and production, leaning further into their own unique sound profile. Due to the use of varying keys and sonic elements, “Dormant” is undoubtedly fresh without sacrificing the nuances that caused their first album to connect so successfully with fans.
With their very first offering, Hiraes already created an exciting new melodic death emergence, built upon a brutalized vocal attack, intense melodies and aggressive guitars. On “Dormant”, Hiraes flexes their own trademarks in an intensified way, ranging from versatile drumming, catchy riffs and hymn-like melodies to enthralling soundscapes and the impressive vocal onslaught of singer Britta Görtz. “Dormant” is a stirring, intense and dynamic death metal affair that is both heavily brutal and dark, yet full of melodic melancholy. This album is highly recommended for fans of Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth and At The Gates!
“Dormant” will be available in the following formats:
• 1 CD Digisleeve (6page)
• 1 LP Gatefold solid royal blue
• Digital Album
Pre-order & pre-save “Dormant” here.
1. Through the Storm
2. We Owe No One
4. Chance to Fail
5. About Lies
6. Come Alive
7. Ocean Child
9. Red Soil
Britta Görtz – Vocals
Lukas Kerk – Guitars
Oliver Kirchner – Guitars
Christian Wösten – Bass
Mathias Blässe – Drums