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Stumbling Through The Walls is the staggering new album by progressive noise rock act HIRAKI. As a part of Denmark’s flourishing underground scene for dark and heavy music, the HIRAKI trio deploys an aggressive style of progressive synthpunk from the edge of the abyss. The band presents this sonic assault to accompany the inevitable fact that our world is sick, and we all take part in maintaining the fucked up systematic structures.
Encouraged by boundless acts like Daughters, Street Sects, and The Body, the band relies on gnawing synthesizers, ripping guitars, and crushing drums to deliver the foundation from which the vocals burst forth, with concepts about corrupted data and moral decay. Having honed their talents into an impenetrable sonic maelstrom on stage and on record, HIRAKI has secured themselves in the Danish scene and showcase even more unhinged and explosive on their second album, Stumbling Through The Walls. And make no mistake—the band has a lot on their mind this time. Tilt the structure!
"The album’s contorting but just about relentlessly driving rhythms feel jarring, like fiery psychological unease. Overall, HIRAKI expertly interweave punk abrasion with disorienting synths, and the group’s venomous onslaught could be compared to groups like the avant-garde metal powerhouse The Body, who HIRAKI cite as an inspiration." - New Noise Magazine
"HIRAKI don't exactly sound like The Armed, but if you like that band, you'll probably like this one too. Both bands are punk in spirit but genre-defying in sound, and both make genuinely killer, fresh-sounding heavy music. (You also might like this if you're into current industrial punk stuff like Uniform and Street Sects.)" - BrooklynVegan
“Danish progressive synthpunk band HIRAKI pushes themselves to the absolute limit in their new single and music video ‘Wonderhunt.’ Seriously, the guy playing The Stumbler in this video deserves a nap and an award for going this consistently insane within 24 hours.” - Metal Injection
"The bar is already set pretty high for what HIRAKI attempt on Stumbling Through The Walls, especially if you look at a band like DAUGHTERS. With this record though, the trio don’t feel that far off. It’s definitely an evolution from its predecessor, and if the band can build on this further going forward then we can safely expect to hear their name come up a lot more in conversations alongside the boundary-pushing acts that so clearly inspire them." - Distorted Sound Magazine
"With HIRAKI, both sides of the synth-punk equation feel strong and vibrantly developed, and the elements seem quite organically interwoven. The urgent music feels raw and desperate, with hard-hitting melodies blanketing the release with emotive passion. The trio unite their powerful creations with their consistently pummeling performances — the record, as a whole, is grueling, as though vitriol is seeping out of it." - Captured Howls
"In the satellite station of Aarhaus, Denmark – 166 cosmomiles north-east of Copenhagen – a young band by the name of Hiraki corrupt data by producing an abyssal synth-punk noise that takes influence from the likes of Daughters, Street Sects, and The Body. […] Stumbling Through The Walls is certainly an acid trip down a crooked alley of blood stained neon. Disorientation is at HIRAKI’s core." - Angry Metal Guy
"Climb through the walls, tilt the structure; our putrid, morally bereft and bilious systems need to be taken out from the inside. This is the gist of what Danish synth-punk noise trio HIRAKI want to convey in Stumbling Through The Walls, their second album. It’s a bit more aggressively put than your usual punk message and given that the vehicle of delivery was honed, thrashed out and produced by the band themselves in their ‘Cube of Eternal Doom’ studio in Skødstrup, central Denmark, it begins to feel like the plot of a dark yet ominously realistic science-fiction novel." - Über Rock
"Denmark’s HIRAKI occupy a brutal but hard-to-define space that might best be summarized as “noise rock.” And it would be true. More or less. Yet their cacophony echoes a similarly punishing if aesthetically distinct din as those of Uniform or The Body than, say, The Jesus Lizard, particularly once they fire up the EBM beat machine on dancefloor beatdowns like “Peach Lung.” Any number of subcultures could probably, plausibly claim Hiraki as their own, from hardcore to industrial, and they’d still seem just that much more belligerent and hostile, their throat-searing screams and screeching feedback riffs sharpened instruments that aren’t elegant and lethal, but often quite painful. You feel every scrape, every scratch, every burn. But because I knew this one was gonna be a brute, I’ve also brought along some ice for that ache…" - Treble
"Stumbling Through The Walls is a noisy and aggressive record that doesn’t care about growing on you. It consumes, dominates, and demands that its message be heard loud and clear: the world is fucked up and we are complicit. […] The band neither imitates, nor emulates their most-cited influences: Daughters, Converge, The Body, Street Sects. There is no consensus on the genre, either. HIRAKI have been called synth punk, noise rock, industrial or progressive punk so many times that those labels barely retain any meaning. But, perhaps, it’s not that the Danish trio operates in some obscure subgenre, it’s just that they have created something different. Something that hints at all of those styles but resides in none." - Good Because Danish
"If you're into music that's abrasive, erratic, and noisy, yet emotional and intelligent, it would be downright criminal to overlook this release." - Rockfreaks.net