By Eamon O'Neill on 28 March 2016.
Alt rockers The Hyena Kill have set 16th May as the release date for latest album 'Atomised'. The Manshester duo's full-length debut, it was mastered at London's Abbey Road Studios. Described as eight tracks of feral, ferocious, full-tilt rock ‘n’ roll noise dealing with love and loss, rejection and vengeance, desperation and dreams, it's a release that the uncompromising pairing define as music to "scream your head off" to.
The album follows hot on the heels of single 'Crosses', the video for which can be viewed below.
Speaking about 'Atomised', guitarist Steven Dobb says; "there’s nothing more therapeutic than screaming your head off. When you’ve had a shit day, it’s incredibly cathartic to step into a rehearsal room and just make the loudest noise imaginable.” And it's this philosophy which has informed 'Atomised's make-up.
Going on to talk about the duo's formation, Dobb continued; “when we started out there weren’t really any bands in Manchester like us. Our original aim was pretty simple: we wanted to make really heavy, aggressive music, to rock out and play the filthiest riffs we could. We didn’t fit in to Manchester’s indie scene, or the local metal scene, so we just wanted to carve out our own space.”
Citing influences ranging from Queens of the Stone Age to Deftones to Helmet and Tool, Dobb together with drummer Lorna Blundell announced their arrival as The Hyena Kill in 2012, with the release of their explosive 'Gush' EP. Following with 2014's well-received 'Scrape My Bones' EP, the pair focussed their alternative rock sound into something harsher, leaner and altogether nastier, the results of which can be heard on 'Atomised'.
“The album isn’t a concept album,” says Dobb, continuing; “but it’s got a lot of darkness and pain in there, coming from frustrations and insecurities and anger with past situations and day-to-day life. The bands who influence us most are uncompromising and honest and unafraid to let their emotions show, and hopefully that same attitude shines through in what we do.”
Recorded and mixed by Tom Peters at the Grand Studio in Clitheroe, Lancashire, and mastered - thanks to a successful Pledge campaign, at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios by Christian Wright who has cut albums for the likes of Radiohead, Blur and Ed Sheeran, the disc is set for release on the band’s own Proud Cow imprint.
'Atomised' is out on May 16 via Proud Cow Records.