HIRAKI: Aarhus, Denmark-Based Progressive/Extreme Noise Rock Trio To Release New LP Through Nefarious Industries In Early 2021

photo by Peter Drastrup

Nefarious Industries welcomes Aarhus, Denmark-based HIRAKI to the label family, as the band prepares to unleash their explosive new LP in the first quarter of 2021.

As a part of Denmark’s flourishing underground scene for dark and heavy music, the HIRAKI trio deploys an aggressive style of progressive synthpunk from the edge of the abyss. The band presents this sonic assault to accompany the inevitable fact that our world is sick, and we all take part in maintaining the fucked up systematic structures. Encouraged by boundless acts like Daughters, Street Sects, and The Body, the band relies on gnawing synthesizers, ripping guitars, and crushing drums to deliver the foundation from which the vocals burst forth, with concepts about corrupted data and moral decay.

Having honed their talents into an impenetrable sonic maelstrom on stage and on record, HIRAKI has secured themselves in the Danish scene and showcase even more unhinged and explosive on their second album, Stumbling Through The Walls. And make no mistake – the band has a lot on their mind this time. Tilt the structure!

For now, see prior HIRAKI video madness at their YouTube channel RIGHT HERE.

HIRAKI emerged in 2016 following the hiatus of progressive rock act Liserstille, where Jon Gotlev and Tue Schmidt Rasmussen, recruited longtime friend and collaborator Tim Frederiksen to form a noisy band very unlike anything else in the Danish scene at that time. In May 2017, the band’s debut album, Modern Genes, was self-released digitally, on cassette, and as vacuum-packed art prints. Later, the band released the album as a split LP with Copenhagen post-hardcore act We Are Among Storms.

Having shared the stage with several of the most interesting acts from the Danish scene for hard music such as Hexis, LLNN, We Are Among Storms, Telos, Heathe, now labelmates Oxx, and others, following the release of Modern Genes, HIRAKI was selected for Danish webzine Blastbeast.dk’s annual showcase, The New Shit, which included live concerts, press coverage, and a broadcasted radio feature. In February 2019, the band was selected as support for US act The Armed, resulting in their first live shows in Germany.

Besides the music, HIRAKI focuses on a strong visual profile, including several DIY videos for the debut album. All artwork is made in-house, mainly by Jon Gotlev, who works as visual artist under the name No Heroes.

Watch for details on Stumbling Through The Walls to be issued in January preceding the album’s Spring 2021 release.

“What the fuck. It was an absolute tour de force in “what’s going on here. What the fuck.” – Metal A Day

“With the energy they throw into their music both on record and live, this is definitely a band to watch out for in the future.” – Rockfreaks.net

Jon Gotlev – vocals/synths/noise
Tue Schmidt Rasmussen – guitars
Tim Frederiksen – drums/backing vocals

photo by Malte Riis