Posted on by Oran

Northern Irish metallers, Lock Horns have been busy working on the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Molon Labe’ opus, and are finally ready to reveal details of their fierce new studio LP, ‘Red Room, which is due for release on May 31st. 

Lock Horns – Photo Wayne Donaldson

As the expression goes, “Good things take time, but great things take longer”…

This is very much the case with Belfast Progressive-Tech four-piece, Lock Horns, who have emerged from the depths of an intensive creative period with an album that stretches the bands creative horizon to new levels of intensity and unbridled passion.

Recorded in late 2022, ‘Red Room‘ went through a process of evolution, from as far back as late 2019/early 2020, before the global pandemic forced the world into somewhat of a dystopian nightmare. By the time the world opened up again, Lock Horns found themselves in possession of material that was now three years old, and not a reflection of who they had become in a post Covid world.

The introduction of an 8-string guitar had drastically changed the bands creative potential, and a decision was made to wipe their creative slate clean, and embrace the rich vein to which they had stumbled upon.

It was at this point, when ‘Red Room‘ was born.

Speaking of the new album, guitarist Junior Afrifa says; “Boundaries were pushed on this album, sonically and physically from a playing perspective. I truly believe this a seven-track album that is most definitely, ‘all killer and no filler’, as well as being  full of unique songs that take an unexpected turn at every corner.”

He continues; “From seven-minute chaotic riffs, to three minutes of polyrhythmic nightmares, this album is the brainchild of all four of us, and we’re all immensely proud of what we’ve created.  Trust me when I say,  it’ll be well worth the wait.”

With a scheduled release date of May 31st (via The Distortion Project label and Code 7 Distribution), ‘Red Room‘ features seven earth-shattering cuts of premium Progressive Metal, loaded with exceptional musicianship and punishing brutality.

Lock Horns will release the first new single, ‘The Golden Mean’ on March 22nd. Check out the teaser below…

Red Room‘ track-listing:

  1. The Origin of Evil Impulses
  2. Rust
  3. Skin and Bones
  4. Lab Rat
  5. Impression of a Dream
  6. The Golden Mean
  7. Expressions of Madness

For more information on Lock Horns, please visit this link.

Lock Horns – Photo: Wayne Donaldson

Oran O’Beirne

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