With the summer heat intensifying, powerful melodic Finnish metallers Dyecrest (ft. members Metal de Facto, Thy Row, Everfrost, Kiowan Dynamo) have their single “Colder” to cool ya off and enjoy the season fun. The single is from their forthcoming album “Once I Had A Heart” due out September 2023 via Rockshots Records.

“The song is a bit older and was written by the late Kimmo Blom, who was at that point our singer. We kinda decided that “Now we’ll make a song, let’s do it!”. And I think it was only a couple of hours later when we had the song together. With the lyrics and the irresistible melodies that the song has! “
When we were thinking about what would be the best choice to be the first single, we ended up with Colder, ‘cause it’s catchy (without being cheesy! ;)) and a powerful song with a strong story!”
says drummer Niko Takala.

Dyecrest’s new album “Once I Had A Heart” features nine melodic melancholic tracks to follow their 2019 EP “The Stage Is Set” and 2018 album “Are You Not Entertained?”. Seven of the nine songs are brand new songs and two are a bit older but weren’t properly recorded at any point. This new record has some new “twists” in the songs, but still, the trademarks that Dyecrest is known for with their pounding and powerful anthems and strong vocal melodies with big choirs, accompanied by flashing guitar solos.

“The album overall is a tighter package than any previous Dyecrest album, and it lifts the band to a whole new level, for sure! On the album, there are some songs which have been written already some years ago (for example “Read My Mind” and “Man Made God”) as well as brand new songs, such as the title track “Once I Had a Heart”, the crushing opener “Sacred Sleep”, the bouncing and heavy “Oathkeeper” and the majestic and powerful half-ballad “Fire From Your World”, which also ends the album with it’s the heartbreaking atmosphere.” adds Niko Takala.

Guitarist Matti Pasanen also adds:
This is the album, which in my opinion is reflecting the sound of Dyecrest in the best way so far. Heavy, yet atmospheric and also a bit progressive musical elements are combined with meaningful lyrics and intriguing melodies!
On this album we were able to build up layers, which aren’t “chewed ready for you”, but which you have to find out by listening to the songs over and over again. And those layers can be found both in compositions as well in lyrics. “Once I Had a Heart” is truly the album out of which I can honestly say that “Hey, check this out, THIS IS DYECREST!”

This time the Dyecrest-way of songwriting (meaning that we are writing the songs as they were meant purely and just for ourselves) has created the heaviest, catchiest, and also the most beautiful Dyecrest songs so far.”

The whole band continues:
“We want to dedicate this album in the loving memory of the band’s former singer, friend, and brother forever, Kimmo Blom. Kimmo sadly passed away in the fall of 2022. We feel privileged that there are three songs on the album which we have written with Kimmo, and that we had the chance of having him as one of the backing vocalists on the album. “One day we’ll meet and rock together again – there, Where the Light Was Born!”

“Once I Had A Heart” is due out on September 29, 2023.
Album pre-order –
https://bit.ly/DyecrestCD

Track Listing:
1 . Sacred Sleep – 5:23
2 . Man Made God – 4:00
3 . Once I Had a Heart – 5:29
4 . Oathkeeper – 4:33
5 . Face the Light – 5:07
6 . Read My Mind – 4:18
7 . Colder – 3:39
8 . The Final Act – 4:15
9 . Fire From Your World – 7:10
Album Length: 43:58