Finnish act HEATHEN HEARTS combines the signature Finnish metal sound with hardcore music in the EP “No Light Left To Chase” which will be released independently on May 17.
The band dubs the overall sound that it has achieved as ‘Northern Hardcore’. Metal and hardcore fans alike will enjoy the abundance and balance of the EP’s groove driven riffs and melodic choruses while still maintaining the band’s signature Finnish sound. HEATHEN HEARTS is giving fans a taste of ‘Northern Hardcore’ in the form of “Ignite”, the second song taken from “No Light Left To Chase”. Released as a single on the 13th of April, “Ignite” is packed with fast-paced hardcore/groove metal riffing and aggressive vocals which turn into chants, a staple in hardcore music.
Guitarist Jere had this to say about “Ignite”; ‘Ignite was the last song that was composed for the EP, just before our demo sessions with the whole band. The first version of the song we have already played live, but from that version there’s nothing left except the chorus. I wrote the riffs just before our demo sessions with the whole band, a couple of weeks before we started actually recording the EP. Pretty straight two-minute fist in the face, and with all the gang shouts and church choir at the end, the song came out very good and represents the more traditional hardcore side of our sound. Special thanks also to the choir of the damned; Toni, Tero & Matti.”
HEATHEN HEARTS is a metal/hardcore band from Kotka, Finland founded in the summer of 2021. The band consists of experienced musicians with widely different backgrounds who found common ground in what they call ’Northern Hardcore’. The music is a mix of metal and hardcore with melodic guitars. The lyrics describe the world we live in from a darker perspective. And the atmosphere could be described best as an outburst of fury, aggression and frustration. Music follows no strict genre limitations and the focus of the band has been on making quality songs with efficient arrangements. The band’s self-titled debut EP was released in May 2022 accompanied by two music videos ”Ichor” and ”World of Ash”. Both music videos have been published on one of the genre’s most followed YouTube channels – Hardcore Worldwide among other channels.
“No Light Left To Chase” was produced by HEATHEN HEARTS. The EP was recorded by Lauri Sillanpää, except for the drums recorded by Juha-Pekka Pusa. Mixing by Joonas Vuojolahti at Cold Truth Music Studio, and mastering by Juho Räihä at Soundspiral Audio. The artwork was designed by Lauri Sillanpää. Press shots were taken by Toni Ristilä. The gang vocals on the EP were recorded by Toni Örn, Matti Anttila, Tero Virva, Jere Orre, and Juhana Haavisto