L-R = Jeff Calder - Guitar, Adam Semler - Guitars & Vocals, Eric Cooper Lefebvre - Drums, Kyle Hnatyshin - Bass, Brandon Mayhew - Vocals
Photo Credit: Gilles Landreville
Ontario’s HATRED REIGNS unleash to the metal world their debut EP "Realm: I – Affliction" out now as of May 25th.
This 3 song EP takes songs from their future full-length concept album that recants the travels of a damned soul to purgatory where their fate will be determined as they face numerous challenges along the way.
Guitarist Jeff Calder explains the writing and inspiration for the album:
“Lyrics were written by Brandon Mayhew (guitarist) and me. The concept was inspired by Dante’s Inferno and movie 'What Dreams May Come' (the book is not as similar to the film) while giving our own twist and personal interests on the theme.”
So far through private listening parties, the EP has been well received by fans across metal sub-genres and the band is very excited to show off the final product, especially live and on CD, which is why the band will be celebrating its physical release on May 27th supporting the Indiemerch Devastation On The Nation Tour in Ottawa with Aborted, Psycroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison and Vale of Pnath (info here).
"Realm" I - Affliction" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dark Moon Productions and drums were engineered by Geoff McNeely & Joe “Moon” Lyko at Raven Street Studios.
"Realm" I - Affliction" is available for full stream and download on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and all other major retailers.
Single "In Anguish" - https://youtu.be/q85L7MJC_vI
May 27 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks - info
w/ Aborted, Pyscroptic, Ingested, Disentomb, Arkaik, Venom Prison, Vale of Pnath, Gland
June 23 - Pembroke, ON - Nelson Street Pub - info
June 29 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks - info
Album / Live Band Line Up:
Brandon Mayhew – Vocals
Jeff Calder – Guitars
Adam Semler – Guitars & Vocals
Kyle Hnatyshin – Bass
Eric Cooper Lefebvre – Drums
Hailing from the Ottawa/Gatineau Capital Region of Ontario, the five members of Hatred Reigns compose original brutal music and have been taking the local scene by storm. Fusing both old school death metal and new school tech elements, each song they create is unique and full of beastly hammered drums, brutal aggressive guitars, sonic booming bass, and demonic vocals appealing to a diverse audience.
Looking to develop a new project with big ambitious goals to create a concept album Hatred Reigns was founded in 2015 by Jeff Calder, (guitarist, and conceptual artist). They performed their inaugural performance in 2017 to a sold out crowd and thus very high standards were established and word spread to promoters in other cities of their performance.
1. In Anguish (4:29)
2. Pain Leads To Nothingness (3:57)
3. Planes Divide (4:13)
EP Length: 12:40