HYEENA: Freedom From The Default Debut Album From Massachusetts Post-Metalcore Band Formed By With Former Members Of Ligeia And More Out Today On Innerstrength Records

photo by Chandra McDonald

Freedom From The Default, the debut album from Massachusetts-based post-metalcore band HYEENA, is out today on Innerstrength Records.

HYEENA was formed in 2019 by former Ligeia vocalist Keith Holuk, and drummer Austin Bryant, who were later joined by bassist Mike Verlizzo. Bryant has since left the band, now replaced by Julian Fernandez. Striving to go in a different direction than previous endeavors, the band aimed to create a post-metalcore sound with wild vocals, melodic singing, and energetic lyrics. They drew from their influences such as the Deftones, Gojira, and Of Mice And Men when they set about writing material, adding the occasional metalcore breakdown for good measure.

HYEENA went on to catch the ear of Frankie Palmeri, vocalist for Emmure. Together they released their debut EP, Glory, on his then newly formed Redzone Records in 2020. Unfortunately, it was just in time for Covid and the band’s plans to tour and support the EP were put on hold. Instead, the band spent the next two years honing their sound and writing new material. Having revamped their style since the release of Glory, HYEENA is now prepared to burst forth with their debut LP, Freedom From The Default.

The eleven-song Freedom From The Default was produced, mixed, and mastered by Keith Holuk, with the drums recorded by Austin Bryant.

With the album finally hitting the streets, Keith Holuk offers, “New album is out today. I’m so pumped for everyone to hear it! Thank you, Innerstrength Records!”

HYEENA’s Freedom From The Default is out today on Innerstrength Records, available at Bandcamp RIGHT HERE as well as through all other digital services.

Watch the band’s videos for “Bring On The Storm” HERE, “Cold Reality” HERE, and “The Scenario” HERE.

HYEENA is booking sporadic shows surrounding the release of the album with more shows and plans to be announced shortly.

6/17/2023 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
6/23/2023 The Tank – Agawam, MA
8/12/2023 Starlite – Southbridge, MA