When we were asked to host this video, a little bell rang in the back of my mind telling me I’d heard of House of Hatchets before. They opened for Psychostick the last time the mental metallers played at Glasgow’s Audio, and they did impress me. The track of the evening was one called “Burn”… and lo and behold, it’s the one they’ve picked to release as a video!
OK, here’s the blurb so you can find out more about them (and you should), and the video’s just down there as well.
Alt-metal crew House of Hatchets have been pricking ears and making waves with their immensely electrifying sound that brings to mind everyone from Killswitch Engage, Slipknot and Deftones to Funeral for a Friend. The irrepressible riff merchants have just unveiled a new video, “Burn”. The single arrives via all streaming sites on Friday 22nd February. The Scottish hard-hitters will unleash their hotly-anticipated debut album, Reach, this spring.
Hailing from Edinburgh and comprised of Chris Allison (vocals), Pete Cook (bass), Frazer Parker (drums), and Jamie Parker and Lewis Wheeler (guitars), House of Hatchets revealed their engrossing debut EP, The Grind, in the Summer of 2017. Mixed and mastered by Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Bullet for my Valentine, Monuments), the record secured positive attention in both the US and the UK. Scottish DJ and journalist Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio) also championed the band in the Scottish Sun, citing that they deliver “Explosive noise with monster riffs, but bursting with pop sensibility”.
In support of The Grind, the emerging quintet extensively toured throughout Scotland, sharing stages with the likes of Silverstein, Holding Absence, Lotus Eater, and Employed to Serve, to name a few. Throughout 2018 the industrious outfit worked once again with Romesh Dodangoda, as they tirelessly crafted their debut album. The record, entitled Reach, will land later in the spring and will be backed by a slew of UK and European dates.
One of the key highlights of the album is the band’s current single, “Burn”. The track acutely demonstrates their growing maturity and depth. With an ultrahooky refrain and stout riffery framed with intricate passages, the single is destined for widespread consumption. Vocalist, Chris Allison, discusses the motivation and lyrical meaning of the track: “It’s about obsession, lust, and wanting, to the detriment of yourself. A nihilistic love song of self-immolation. It was a tough thought line to follow because there is no peace in the lyrics, no redemption. We’ve all felt pangs of jealousy, possessiveness, and desperation. This song is these things turned up until you can see and hear nothing else.”