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WHEEL – New album and first single called “Empire” online!

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WHEEL – New album and first single called “Empire” online!

Post-grunge sensation WHEEL announces third studio album “Charismatic Leaders”; first single ‘Empire’ & European tour dates announced!

British-Finnish progressive metallers WHEEL are pleased to announce the release of their highly anticipated third studio album “Charismatic Leaders” on May 3rd, 2024. The album was meticulously crafted to meet Wheel’s ever-increasing standards. Recordings with sound engineers and co-producers Daniel Bergstrand and Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) lasted from August to December 2023. The end result, mixed by Forrester Savell, consolidated all the strengths of its predecessor: the third album from singer/guitarist James Lascelles , lead guitarist Jussi Turunen and drummer Santeri Saksala is their heaviest and most consistent album to date.

To mark the announcement, the band have released the first single from the album. You can watch the video for “Empire” here:

James Lascelles comments:
“Empire 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.”

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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 celebrates the release of their new album with their first shows in Australia (supporting label mates Caligula’s Horse) as well as their first headline shows in North America. 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 Club, 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
November 28th – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany
30th November – Backstage, Paris, France
2nd December – Complex, 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 Club, Stockholm, Sweden

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Since forming in 2015, Wheel have quickly grown from underdogs from Helsinki, Finland, to an international tour de force. The edgy riffs, unforgettable melodies and adventurous range of 2019’s debut Moving Backwards were instantly loved by fans of megastars from Tool to Coheed & Cambria. 2021’s follow-up Resident Human received rave reviews from publications around the world, praising its tonal evolution and bold dystopian themes.


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