Wheel releases a lyric video for »She Left In Silence« off their third full-length album, »Preserved In Time«
Dortmund, Germany based epic doom metal band Wheel releases a lyric video for the second track »She Left In Silence« off their upcoming full-length album, »Preserved In Time«, to be released April 9th, 2021 via Cruz Del Sur Music. Video by Gabby Vessoni.
01. At Night They Came Upon Us
02. When the Shadow Takes You Over
03. After All
04. She Left In Silence
05. Aeon Of Darkness
06. Hero Of The Weak
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On their first studio album in eight years, »Preserved In Time«, Germany’s Wheel delivers seven songs of brooding, emotional doom that promises to be an early 2021 favorite.
True, epic doom of the highest order in the vein of Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus and Trouble!
»Preserved In Time« was recorded by Homberger in the band’s rehearsal room save for two vocal sessions at a friend’s house. Tracking Wheel this way was of crucial importance for the guitarist: He wanted real drums and real guitars; no “plug-ins” or “cheating”, meaning, he wanted to capture the spirit of the band’s performances without relying on technology. Due to the global pandemic, the album was tracked in various sessions starting in autumn 2019 to summer 2020 with it finally ending up in the hands of Dennis Koehne for mixing and mastering. Koehne had worked with Wheel on their cover of Roky Erickson’s »Night Of The Vampire«, which was found on their 2010 debut self-titled album.
Wheel – who are rounded out by vocalist Arkadius Kurek, bassist Marcus Grabowski and drummer Carsten Jercke – was founded in 2009. The band issued a demo that year, then Wheel released their self-titled debut a year later via Eyes Like Snow. »Icarus« would follow in 2013, then the »Live At The Hammer Of Doom 2013« live album arrived in 2014.
According to Homberger, the delay between studio albums can be attributed to the band losing their rehearsal space and real-life events such as parenthood. However, this long gestation period gave the members of Wheel the opportunity to fine-tune what is arguably the finest and most epic set of songs to date.
“It’s more metal and more focused,” notes Homberger. “On »Icarus«, we had a lot of different influences mixed in the sound, like 70s prog and stuff like that. Also, the songs on the new album focus more on good structure and catchy choruses. The sound is a lot heavier and better than last time since I gained a lot of experience in recording and Dennis was the perfect match to work on the mixing and mastering. It was the first time we did proper vocal editing – so it sounds a lot more professional this time.”
Heading into 2021, Wheel – like the rest of the general population – is waiting to find out whether a vaccine will slow the global pandemic. If it does, it’s very likely Wheel will bringing their doom wares to audiences across Europe.
“We likely wouldn’t tour due to our day jobs and families, so weekend shows and festivals are the goal,” closes Homberger. “One of my personal goals is to play the Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. It’s one of the most relaxed festivals I know and it’s in such a beautiful city.”
Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well