WHEEL – new album and tour announced

WHEEL – new album and tour announced

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Wheel announce third studio album “Charismatic Leaders”; launch first single ‘Empire’ & European tour dates
Anglo-Finnish progressive metallers Wheel are pleased to announce the release of their much-anticipated third studio album ‘Charismatic Leaders’ on the 3rd May 2024. The album was meticulously crafted to meet Wheel’s ever-heightening benchmarks and recording with engineers/co-producers Daniel Bergstrand and Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) stretched from August to December 2023. The end result, mixed by Forrester Savell, has consolidated all the gains of what came before: singer/guitarist James Lascelles, lead guitarist Jussi Turunen and drummer Santeri Saksala’s third album represents their heaviest and most conscious music to date.
To mark the announcement, the band have launched the first single taken from the album, and you can watch the video for ‘Empire’ here

Vocalist & guitarist James Lascelles comments of the track: “This is probably the most metal song I have ever written – it is intense as all hell when it kicks in and it keeps finding new ways to punch you in the face all the way to the end! Santeri did an incredible job with the drum track on this one and playing it live is really going to take some work in the rehearsal room.

Lyrically, it is about media empires and the effect they have on wider society – all of us are influenced to some degree, even if we would rather not admit it. Issues that require nuance are presented as binaries and opposing views are made into caricatures – a target for us to rage at that far too often, doesn’t even exist. This is not a new phenomenon by any means but it is one that seems to have been catalysed by the modern landscape of media, the internet and populist politics. As you might be able to tell from the mood of the song, this pisses me off immensely and it was cathartic to vent about it.”
“Charismatic Leaders” clocks in at just under 50 minutes, and will be available as a Limited CD Digipak (also featuring the Rumination EP tracks as bonus), and a Gatefold 180g LP, both featuring artwork from Lucas Mayer (Long Distance Calling, Blackout Problems). Pre-order your copy now here: https://wheelband.lnk.to/CharismaticLeaders 

The full tracklisting is as follows:

1. Empire 04:20
2. Porcelain 07:12
3. Submission 10:46
4. Saboteur 09:01
5. Disciple 04:12
6. Caught in the Afterglow 01:12
7. The Freeze 10:35

The band will be celebrating the release of their new album with their first ever shows in Australia (supporting label-mates Caligula’s Horse) as well as their first ever North American headline shows. Later in the year the band will return to Europe for further headline dates, which have just been announced and can be found below:

31st  October     – Olympia, Tampere, Finland
 1st   November – Sawohouse UG, Kuopio, Finland
 2nd  November – On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
 7th   November – Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Finland
 8th   November – Finlandia-Klubi, Lahti, Finland
 9th   November – 45 Special, Oulu, Finland
15th  November – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
16th  November – Melkweg Up, Amsterdam, Netherlands
17th  November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
19th  November – Rebellion, Manchester, UK
20th  November – Cathouse, Glasgow, UK
21st  November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
22nd November – 1865, Southampton, UK
23rd  November – Underworld, London, UK
24th  November – Thekla, Bristol, UK
26th  November – Kavka, Antwerp, Belgium
27th  November – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
28th  November – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
30th  November – Backstage, Paris, France
 2nd  December – Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland
 3rd   December – Legend, Milan, Italy
  4th  December – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
 5th   December – Analog Music Hall, Budapest, Hungary
 6th   December – Chelsea, Vienna, Austria
 8th   December – Hyrdrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland
10th  December – Lido, Berlin, Germany
11th  December – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
12th  December – John Dee, Oslo, Norway
13th  December – Nalen Klubb, Stockholm, Sweden

Since forming in 2015, Wheel have swiftly grown from underdogs of Helsinki, Finland, to an international tour de force. The angular riffs, unforgettable melodies and adventurous scope of the trio’s 2019 debut, Moving Backwards, was instantly adored by fans of megastars from Tool to Coheed & Cambria. Then, 2021 follow-up Resident Human received rave reviews from publications across the planet, praising its sonic evolution and bravely dystopian themes.
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