Influences & Essentials: HIRAES

January 26, 2024 will see German melodic death metal act HIRAES—featuring former members of Dawn of Disease and Critical Mess—furiously kick off the new year with the release of their sophomore studio album, Dormant, via Napalm Records.


Insomnium: “While We Sleep”

Insomnium really has a big influence on our music. We love the gloom and melancholy in their songs and this feeling is always a big source of inspiration when it comes to writing new songs. Although our music consists of many different elements, this band really has influence on what we are doing.

Long Distance Calling: “Apparitions”

You might not think it, but our guitarist Lukas in particular loves listening to Long Distance Calling, which is why this band has left its mark on our sound. Especially the intensity and atmosphere are elements that can also be found in Hiraes’ songs – even though in a different form.

October Tide: “I, The Polluter”

October Tide have a way of melting vocals and instruments together that is simply amazing. The lyrical picture-painting is both direct and open to many interpretations. Nothing seems forced, everything flows and the overall atmosphere of especially this song is a great inspiration.


“Under Fire”

“Under Fire” is the very first song that has ever been released by us. With the accompanying video listeners can find a big bunch of trademarks that are typical for us: a lot of emotional energy, relentless drumming, catchy guitar riffs and hook lines – and of course the enthralling vocals of Britta.

“Through the Storm”

What “Under Fire” is for our first record “Solitary,” “Through The Storm” is for our new album “Dormant.” It is both the opening track as well as the single. We wanted to throw the listener right in without further ado. The song has all of Hiraes’ ingredients, but everything seems to kinda be turned to 11. Will be a banger live, that’s for sure.

“We Owe No One”

Our second single from “Dormant” will probably/hopefully become a live show hymn. The catchy chorus and overall groove makes the song really accessible from the first listen. It’s kinda poppy for Hiraes, but still has a certain punch to it and a melody that really sticks – a classic German “earworm” as we say it.