Standing unshaken and waving the flag of a new generation of modern metal, alternative and punk, Hungary’s hottest heavy outfit, THE HELLFREAKS, drop their fourth single and title track “PBSS”. Covered in ominous dusk, vocalist Zsuzsa “Shakey Sue“ Radnóti dances in a pit with her memories while her aggressive screams and raspy clean vocals smash every doubt against the walls! Highly-energetic drums evolve as the new track blends nostalgic post-hardcore and punk elements with modern electronic metal and rock. “PBSS” is followed by a relentless and thrilling official music video, showing no weaknesses and moving straight forward to the goal.
THE HELLFREAKS finally drop the veil on their eagerly anticipated new studio record, Pitch Black Sunset, out today via Napalm Records! Founded in 2009, Hungary’s most exciting upstarts emerged with a marvelous discography and their massive psychobilly-punk hit, “Boogie Man”, which has gathered over six million views on YouTube and lines right up with their new release.
THE HELLFREAKS state on “PBSS”:
“Today we also reveal the video for the abbreviated title track: “PBSS”, which covers the most meaningful opposites: LIFE AND DEATH. The song is about thanatophobia, the fear of the death of a loved one and the common sense of impending doom. It is a longing for escape from the hardships of life, a plea to the heavens above for inner strength, but at the same a battle cry not to let this fear reign supreme. “PBSS” is about the natural circle of life and mortality, something no one can avoid and all of us have to go through it in the end.”
THE HELLFREAKS on their album release Pitch Black Sunset:
“There is no way to express our excitement about the release of our brand new album and Napalm Records debut: PITCH BLACK SUNSET! Not only are we proud to start this new chapter in THE HELLFREAKS history, but it’s also our most introspective long-player to date. It’s a personal walkthrough about the best and worst parts in all of us – the past and the future, peace and chaos, hope and despair and everything in between. This time we pushed the pedal to the metal without mercy, and this record feels like a car ride straight off a cliff into a bottomless canyon. Only this time we survive …”
Get your copy of Pitch Black Sunset HERE
Kicking off with Radnóti’s trademark sing-along-screams, “Old Tomorrows” raises the pulse with fast-paced punk mixed with groovy metal beats. THE HELLFREAKS stay true to themselves yet never become stagnant or pretentious – as tracks like “Weeping Willow” are driven by more modern metal interpretations and electronic interludes. With its fragile clean vocals and the eerie sounds of the guitar’s strings, the atmosphere of the song changes throughout before taking an unexpected turn into a hard-hitting core-hymn. Like the story of Jekyll and Hyde, the upstarts unveil their angry side on “Hit Me Where It Hurts”, led by electronic rock as distorted, rhythmic guitar lines set the pace with catchy metalcore beats. Followed by the restless track “Chaos”, boisterous thrash lines meet pop-punk-infused metal before closing with a Tom Morello-worthy solo. “Body Bag” offers a total contrast – surfacing like a message in a bottle with its in-your-face, straight forward 2000s skate punk vibe that fans of the genre have always wished for. THE HELLFREAKS showcase the individual musical expertise of its members when chunky riffs merge with strong beats and highly aggressive shouts, while bittersweet vocal lines call out for a feelgood song.
Pitch Black Sunset Tracklisting:
- Old Tomorrows
- Hit Me Where It Hurts
- Weeping Willow
- Body Bag
- Rootless Soul Riot
With almost a decade of existence, THE HELLFREAKS embrace the influence of modern metal, alternative, post-hardcore and punk to form their unmatched sound. Performing in almost every European country and gaining more awareness via their American tour in 2015, the well-experienced band from Budapest proves with their fifth album, Pitch Black Sunset, that they are more than ready to kickstart their next chapter!
THE HELLFREAKS live in 2023:
Pitch Black Sunset Tour 2023
19.05.23 CZ – Prague / Klub 007 Strahov
20.05.23 GER – Visbek / Visbek Rockt Open Air 2023
21.05.23 GER – Hanover / Béi Chéz Heinz
22.05.23 GER – Hamburg / Logo Hamburg
23.05.23 GER – Berlin / Wild At Heart
24.05.23 GER – Cologne / MTC Cologne
06.07.23 GER – Zwickau / Stoerfaktor Festival
21.10.23 CZ – Ostrava / Alternova Festival
27.10.23 HU – Budapest / Duerer Kert
THE HELLFREAKS are:
Zsuzsa “Shakey Sue“ Radnóti – Vocals
József “Jozzy“ Takács – Guitar
Gabi Domján – Bass
Béla Budai – Drums