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The Hyena Kill

THE HYENA KILL are a large and emotive 4-piece rock band formed in Manchester in 2012. Their most recent release, A Disconnect, was released to worldwide critical acclaim on March 5th 2021 via APF Records and supported by Hold Tight PR. Kerrang Magazine awarded the album 4K’s calling it “reflective rather than raging, A Disconnect actually frequently does to the listener quite the opposite of its title.” Metal Hammer Magazine described it as “razor-sharp riffs meet enigmatic atmospherics” whilst Heavy Blog Is Heavy described it as “a potential standout of modern alternative heavy music.” Devolution Magazine stated it was “a mighty fine record from a band that sounds ready to play the very biggest of stages”, whilst Astral Noize described it as “irresistible and timeless.” Clash Magazine went on to describe their live experience as “a maelstrom of fuzz pedals, chaotic drums, and wailing vocals that punch through to the other side”, whilst Louder than War said “The Hyena Kill have the power, they have the sound, they have the sell-out local crowds and they have the songs. The only way is up for this powerhouse unit who have this rock thing totally down.”

Drawn together by a shared love of Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Helmet and Tool, Steven Dobb (vocals / guitar) and Lorna Blundell (drums) announced THE HYENA KILL’s arrival in 2012 with the release of the explosive Gush EP, four tracks of searing, coruscating distort-pop which exploded like a nail bomb in the subterranean noise scene.

With 2014’s ‘Scrape My Bones EP’ and two further singles, ‘Suck It Up’ and 2015’s thrilling double-header ‘Still Sick/ Blisters’, the duo refined, honed and focused their fierce alternative rock sound into something harsher, leaner and altogether nastier. The result was their debut album Atomised (2016), an unflinching, brutal dissection of what it means to be skint, frustrated, alienated and adrift in modern Britain. This was followed up by the searing, gnarly yet majestic ‘Spun EP’ (2018).

Fast forward to 2019 and the duo were looking to expand their sound and explore more of the atmospheric elements visited on Spun. They recruited two new members - Sam Jones (Guitars, Synth) and Charlie Seisay (Bass). These new additions helped take the already expansive sound to another level, allowing the band more room to breathe and paving the way for the critically acclaimed majesty of the HYENA KILL’s second LP, 2021’s ‘A Disconnect’. 

2020 and the succeeding years changed everything and the HYENA KILL emerged battered and bruised but anew, penning their deepest material to date. Undergoing a major personnel change with bassist Charlie Seisay also assuming lead guitar duties in place of the outgoing Sam Jones, the modified line-up brings a psychedelic, shoegazey tendency into the feral mix. Blended with a concentration of extreme personal hardship and existential woe, the resultant catharsis is the HYENA KILL’s forthcoming third LP, ‘The Process’ to be released on APF records in early 2025. ‘The Process’ is a noisy and beautiful testimony to triumph over adversity and a quantum leap for a band who’ve played every dive bar in blighty thrice over but who’ll never, ever forget their roots.