The Hyena Kill - A Disconnect
The Hyena Kill's new album A Disconnect is a bleak, intense masterpiece that attempts to find reconciliation of personal trauma and pain, creating a distinctive area where spaciousness can be heavy and contact is always uncomfortable.
Steven Dobbs (vocals / guitar) explains: “The bulk of material was written during a very low point in my life, and as a result this album fell into place with a sense of claustrophobia and finality, of being trapped in a hospital bed, linked up to life support, unable to regain your own agency and escape the situation you find yourself in. Of being bound by the traumas of the past that you’re unable to cast away, and ultimately feeling suffocated by them. Wanting to escape and be absolutely anywhere - or anyone - else. These are lyrics that deal with and focus on uncomfortable subjects that were dominating my life at the time of writing. The words and movements in this record are mostly without resolution. There are no happy endings or moments of clarity.”
The result is an album that presents a dichotomy of softness/harshness with an earnestness that never relents over the course of ten tracks, but becomes transformative with repeated listens. Brimming with emotion and at times ethereal wonder, Dobbs’ vocals are extraordinarily impassioned and present whilst Lorna Blundell’s drums offer relentless dexterity with a wild, dirty earthiness. With each track comes the chance of an emotive journey to the extremes of existence, there’s a real push-pull between each musical element as Sam Jones’ razor riffs explode like fireworks, flooding the room with light whilst Charlie Seisay’s driving bass underpins each vast soundscape. Elements of Deftones, Nirvana and Chelsea Wolfe combine on a dynamic LP that that terrifies, haunts and inspires all at once, a key element of why THE HYENA KILL continue to sound exciting and alive.
With the release of A Disconnect the band are positioned to take a journey into unfamiliar territory and are as emotional as they’ve ever sounded. Opening up their inner world of proximity and intimacy THE HYENA KILL’s personal scars are fully on display, ready to drag listeners down into their turmoil and testament to the fact that they kept on going, even when it started to hurt. This is an album to truly sink into and once you attune to its escapism and caustic brutality, everything about it is wondrous.
2. Passive Diconnect
5. Close Enough
8. Glass Scene
The Hyena Kill:
Steven Dobb - guitar / vox
Sam Jones - guitar / synth
Lorna Blundell - drums
Charlie Seisay - bass
Cello on Thin by Maggie Lister
Recorded and mixed by Andy Hawkins at The Nave studios, Leeds
Mastered by Dave Draper
Artwork by Ben Tallon
All songs written and performed by The Hyena Kill
2 x The Hyena Kill LPs
Pick 2 of The Hyena Kill's A Disconnect, Spun and Atomised LPs. A Disconnect is neon pink with blue splatter vinyl. Spun is black vinyl. Atomised is transparent purple vinyl.
A Disconnect on compact disc in 4-panel digipak, cello-wrapped, featuring artwork by Ben Tallon. Comes with digital download of the album.
A Disconnect on cassette tape, featuring art by Ben Tallon. Comes with digital download code for the album.
T-Shirt & CD Bundle
A Disconnect on compact disc plus exclusive t-shirt featuring design by Ben Tallon. Comes with digital download code for the album. T-shirt is a limited edition of 50.
T-Shirt & Digital Download Code
Exclusive A Disconnect t-shirt designed by Ben Tallon. Limited edition of 50. Comes with digital download code for the album.
3 x The Hyena Kill LPs
The Hyena Kill's A Disconnect, Spun and Atomised LPs. A Disconnect is neon pink with blue splatter vinyl. Spun is black vinyl. Atomised is transparent purple vinyl.
Neon Pink & Blue Splatter Vinyl LP
A Disconnect on vinyl. Neon pink with blue splatter vinyl LP in 3mm spined sleeve, cello-wrapped, featuring artwork by Ben Tallon. Comes with digital download code for the album.