This Friday, January 26, 2024, Germany-based melodic death metal force HIRAES – featuring former members of DAWN OF DISEASE and CRITICAL MESS – will finally unleash their sophomore studio album, entitled ‘Dormant’, through Napalm Records. In support of their upcoming album, the band has announced a series of live dates kicking off on Friday, followed by a tour with psy-core metal act Dymytry in March. Find all upcoming shows listed below! To shorten your wait, today, the band is presenting a video clip for the furious album title track “Dormant”!

Compared to their lauded 2021 debut, ‘Solitary’, it’s immediately evident that HIRAES did not only grow within their sound due to countless live appearances, but have invested more time and energy into developing their sophisticated songwriting and production, leaning further into their own unique sound profile. Due to the use of varying keys and sonic elements, ‘Dormant’ is undoubtedly fresh without sacrificing the nuances that caused their first album to connect so successfully with fans.

With their very first offering, HIRAES already created an exciting new melodic death emergence, built upon a brutalized vocal attack, intense melodies and aggressive guitars. On ‘Dormant’, HIRAES flexes their own trademarks in an intensified way, ranging from versatile drumming, catchy riffs and hymn-like melodies to enthralling soundscapes and the impressive vocal onslaught of singer Britta Görtz. ‘Dormant’ is a stirring, intense and dynamic death metal affair that is both heavily brutal and dark, yet full of melodic melancholy. This album is highly recommended for fans of InsomniumDark TranquillityArch EnemyAmon Amarth and At The Gates!

The band recently said:

“The album will grab you with its intensity from the first second on and won’t let you go. We invested a lot of energy, dedication and passion to create this monumental and melancholic piece of melodic death metal. Having played countless shows over the last two years, ‘Dormant’ captures the energy of HIRAES’ live performances and places the songs right between heart and gut.

‘Dormant’ was mixed by Jens Bogren and Ricardo Borges, and was mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. HIRAES’ second studio album is a stirring, intense, and dynamic death metal affair that is both heavily brutal and dark, yet full of melodic melancholy. This album is highly recommended for fans of Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth, and At The Gates!

‘Dormant’ Track List:

1. Through The Storm

2. We Owe No One

3. Undercurrent

4. Chance To Fail

5. About Lies

6. Come Alive

7. Ocean Child

8. Nightflight

9. Red Soil

10. Dormant

Set to be released on January 26, 2024, 

‘Dormant’ will be available in the following formats:

=> 1 CD Digisleeve (6page)

=> 1 LP Gatefold solid royal blue

=> Digital Album


27.01.24 DE – Geislingen / MieV
28.01.24 DE – Osnabrück / Bastardclub
29.01.24 DE – Hannover / Cafe Glocksee
01.02.24 DE – Weinheim / Cafe Central
02.02.24 DE – Selb / Rock Club Nordbayern
03.02.24 DE – Berlin / Cassiopeia(DTB Party)
29.02.24 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben *
01.03.24 DE – Essen / Don’t Panic *
02.03.24 DE – Dresden / Beatpol *
08.03.24 CH – Pratteln / Konzertfabrik Z7 *
09.03.24 DE – München / Backstage *
15.03.24 DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser *
22.03.24 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage *
23.03.24 DE – Hamburg / Bahnhof Pauli *


Britta Görtz – Vocals
Lukas Kerk – Guitars
Oliver Kirchner – Guitars
Christian Wösten – Bass
Mathias Blässe – Drums