Johannesburg, South Africa: the debut album Trading Past for Pathways by metalcore / progressive band and 2014 finalist in the international Wacken Metal Battle, Red Helen, has arrived.
“This album represents the last four years of our lives. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, from having our gear stolen to performing at Wacken Open Air in Germany. Trading Past for Pathways is the culmination of our experiences and world views made musical, and we’d like to dedicate our efforts to all the people who’ve supported us for the past five years based solely on our live shows and a few singles. It feels like we’ve created something bigger than ourselves and are so happy to finally share it with our amazing fans!” ~ Greg Van Kerkhof (bass guitar, Red Helen)
The first release from the promised album arrived as early as July 2015 with a lyric video for ‘Suicide Notes And Bloodshot Eyes’, and a long gap before things moved suddenly to a head with the release of a music video just earlier this month featuring the song ‘Ode To The Corrupt’. The two songs already gave us a hint as to the diversity of issues which would arise within the lyrical content and prompted a few questions from us:
“The songs on the album vary from the political themes in this song to the global humanitarian crisis, the degradation of the planet, depression, suicide, schizophrenia and slavery through consumerist values.
If there is an overarching theme to the album. I would say that Trading Past For Pathways is a commentary on the experiences of the individual human in relation to our generation’s cultural paradigm. It’s a plea for people to wake up, think for themselves, and take note of the impact our species has on the planet and each other.” ~ Greg Van Kerkhof (bass guitar, Red Helen)
Trading Past for Pathways was produced by Watts Productions with mastering by Audio Militia. It is available immediately via the Red Helen bandcamp page and other major platforms, plus the band are wasting no time in touring the album launch through four South African cities in the weeks ahead.
Red Helen tour dates:
25 February @ The Winston Pub (facebook event page)
Supported by The Overmind, Life Below and Mouse
03 March @ Rumours Rock City (facebook event page)
Supported by You, Me and the Harmony, Riddlebreak and Climate Control
04 March @ Aandklas (facebook event page)
Supported by Facing The Gallows
08 April @ Mercury Live (facebook event page)
Supported by Reverse the Sands, Set For The Sky and Ohgod
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