Danish hardcore/noise rock trio HIRAKI is preparing for their second LP, Stumbling Through The Walls, to see April release through Nefarious Industries. With the album less than a month from dissemination, BrooklynVegan is hosting an exclusive premiere of its opening track, “Common Fear,” which features guest vocals from Cara Drolshagen of The Armed.
Stumbling Through The Walls was recorded and produced by HIRAKI at their Cube Of Eternal Doom Studio, constructed in an old farm on the outskirts of Aarhus. The record was mixed by Klaus Q Hedegaard Nielsen (Oxx, Fossils, Beta Satan), mastered by Emil Thomsen at ET Mastering, and completed with artwork by Jon Gotlev/No Heroes, and features guest vocal contributions from Cara Drolshagen (The Armed), Rikke Fink, and Anders Jørgen Mogensen (Gullo Gullo, KLoAK).
HIRAKI‘s vocalist/synth player and visual director Jon Gotlev proclaims, “‘Common Fear’ is a call out to all the unyielding and the bellicose, who gnaw on the fear of the heavy-hearted and distort the hope and wellbeing of the world. And to all future gens, not to let bygones be bygones but to challenge the foundation and TILT THE STRUCTURE.” Guitarist Tue Schmidt states, “The roaring synth opening is a warning signal not to be disdained and serves as the ideal entrance to the new album. Furthermore, we are super stoked to have Cara conclude the track with another relentless vocal performance. Her voice and presence are the perfect match to our endeavors of progression.”
BrooklynVegan writes with the song, “Danish trio HIRAKI make dark, intense music that pulls from noise, punk, post-hardcore, industrial, and more… HIRAKI don’t exactly sound like The Armed, but if you like that band, you’ll probably like this one too.”
Stream HIRAKI’s “Common Fear” featuring Cara Drolshagen RIGHT HERE.
Stumbling Through The Walls will see release on LP and digital platforms through Nefarious Industries on April 9th, with a collective of independent EU labels co-releasing the vinyl. Find preorders and links to all partners HERE.
Watch for additional audio premieres, official videos, and more to be issued surrounding the release of Stumbling Through The Walls.
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!