Since forming in 2018, it has been a busy few years for Irish quartet The Risen Dread. Having supported death metal legends Malevolent Creation as well heading out on their own European run, the band have made sure not to waste their time or lose any momentum built up before the pandemic by using the downtime to finish work on their debut album, Night Hag.

With the album due for release on January 28th, 2022, the band have released a taster in the form of new single “Sound Of The Unknown” which we are premiering right here:

Speaking of the theme around the album and the single, the band explained: “Following the mental illness theme of the album. “Sound Of The Unknown” covers the symptoms of dementia. The song talks about how things get worse with time and describe the challenges for the patients and everyone around.”

Produced by the band, recorded by Josh Robinson at the JSR Studio in Belfast in June 2021, and mixed and Mastered by Kai Stahlenberg at the Kohlekeller Studio in Germany in August 2021. Night Hag is a concept album with mental illness as its central theme, with all the tracks focusing on a particular illness or a historical figure that had multiple disorders.

The titular Night Hag is mentioned throughout the album with the final track, featuring Brazilian composer Renato Zanuto, of the eleven-song opus acting as a means of pulling the themes together. The band’s first single, “White Night”, featured Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser and received its premieres on Kerrang! Radio and Midlands Metalheads.

Artwork for ‘Sound Of The Unknown’ by The Risen Dread

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.