Danish blackened shoegaze quartet A HORRIBLE DEATH TO A HORRIBLE MAN returns with its debut album ‘Days Gone By’ on May 19th 2023 through the band’s own imprint VS77 Records. This past March, the band shared the album’s first single ‘Other’, and today sees the release of the second single, the 7-minute melancholic epic ‘First Light’.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Peter Strange states: “The song is about looking for and finding meaning in life, when difficult changes have occurred. It’s about accepting where you are in life and finding yourself again, hard as it might be. Sadness and depression is replaced by hope and confidence in oneself, the first light after a period of darkness.”
With the new single, A HORRIBLE DEATH TO A HORRIBLE MAN also announces a show in Odense, Denmark supporting A Burial at Sea on May 3rd. More dates will be announced soon.
After forming in 2014, the Copenhagen based A HORRIBLE DEATH TO A HORRIBLE MAN wrote its first material in a noise rock setting and recorded the debut EP ‘Escape Escape’ with producer Manoj Ramdas (Sort Sol, Raveonettes). The EP was released in 2015, and thereafter, the band played a string of local shows, making a name for themselves in the Copenhagen post metal scene.
The next years saw A HORRIBLE DEATH TO A HORRIBLE MAN gradually and unconsciously shifting musical direction alongside adult life and its challenges. This resulted in severely darker sounds and lyrical themes, and the band saw themselves creating music that could be described as shoegaze post metal with a distinct alternative rock influence. Over six days in 2022, A HORRIBLE DEATH TO A HORRIBLE MAN recorded six songs for its debut album ‘Days Gone By’ with producer Patrick Fragtrup (Dying Hydra, Late Night Venture a.o.). The result is a solemn, mature record encompassing the elements which the band had aimed at since their inception – grandiosity, noise, dissonance and beauty.
‘Days Gone By’ deals thematically with love and loss and reflects personal experiences, which most humans experience in their lifetime. The songs describe the challenges, frustrations, feeling of powerlessness and downright sorrow that emerges, when love and humans dear to you are challenged or lost in the whirlwind of life. These circumstances are described from the now and thus provide a retrospective reflection over those days now gone, moving on with those memories as an integral part of one’s being. This subject matter is literally reflected in the album artwork, which lyricist/guitarist/singer Peter Strange has generated with the lyrics interpreted by AI, and as such it completes the melancholic, contemplative trinity of music, lyrics and visuals on ‘Days Gone By’.
A HORRIBLE DEATH TO A HORRIBLE MAN is: Peter Strange – Guitar & Vocals, Jesper Hesselbech – Guitar, Nick Ebert – Bass, Christian Lee – Drums