All-star project Feelingless just recently annnounced the release of the band’s upcoming studio album, entitled “Metal Against Animal Cruelty“, which will be coming out on December 2nd via Noble Demon.¬†Brought to life by¬†Hugo Markaida, member of Spanish melodic death metal band¬†Rise to Fall,¬†Feelingless¬†is a project to support animal rights and to¬†give a voice to the voiceless. Featuring top notch guest appearances by the likes of¬†Bj√∂rn Strid¬†(Soilwork),¬†Jon Howard¬†(Threat Signal),¬†Christian √Ąlvestam¬†(Solution .45, Miseration) and¬†Ettore Rigotti & Claudio¬†(Disarmonia Mundi) – just to name a few – “Metal Against Animal Cruelty” offers eleven tracks and the proceeds raised from this release will be donated to an international animal welfare organization and to¬†local animal shelters in Spain.

ollowing the release of the first single and album opener “Feelingless” (feat. Bj√∂rn “Speed” Strid), the second single “Nostalgia” has been released today, featuring stellar guest appearances from Jake E (Cyhra) & Rachel Aspe of Cage Fight.

Hugo Markaida¬†about the song:¬†This track is sung by Jake E of Cyhra and ex-Amaranthe and Rachel ex ETHS and currently in Cage Fight.¬†It’s a track I composed in the middle of confinement, which is partly the fault of Ola Englund (Youtuber and guitarist in The Haunted) who every week would post a drum kit for musicians to put to music and riff on his bases. It pushed me to make different music than what I usually create. The lyrics of this track talk about covid and confinement.¬†It’s a track with a brutal mix as Rachel screams and Jake provides the melodic vocals, accompanied by some brutal guitar solos from Pedro with a keyboard solo from Diego.¬†Lawrence’s drumming takes this track to another level from what I had written.

Feelingless¬†itself was born in the middle of the pandemic, although the idea had been in the germ for a long time, as Hugo Markaida explains: “My taste for this kind of projects began when I discovered, a few years before picking up the guitar, ‘The metal opera Pt. 1’ by Avantasia in a local music store.

Hugo Markaida continuous: An album that brought together many of my favorite heavy and power metal singers that, wrapped in a medieval fantasy concept, was for a teenager like me an object of devotion. If we jump in time to the moment when I was composing the material that would make up the fifth album of my band Rise To Fall, just moments before the pandemic, many of the ideas and compositions that I liked the most did not specifically fit to the band and, as in every album, I had to put them aside. Still thinking about that Avantasia album that impacted me when I was a teenager, to bring out a project of that magnitude myself with my favorite singers must have had a sense of importance for the person I am today. Something special that would draw attention to one of the causes I am most committed to. And, incidentally, to support it with the profits resulting from the project. 

Both my partner and I are¬†animal lovers, and we live surrounded by rescued animals. That is why it seemed important to me that, at a time when the whole of humanity was suffering from a global crisis and its consequences, we could not forget the most vulnerable. Thus, I began to outline the concept of the album around the exploitation and mistreatment of animals.¬†I was willing to work with the best and most favorite of my artists, so I started composing the songs thinking beforehand about who was going to interpret them.¬†I told the participating artists all about the project and its¬†charitable nature, with no profit for the artists involved in favor of associations that help¬†animals in need. It was touching to see how my idols sympathized with the cause and joined the project selflessly.”

Feelingless - Nostalgia (feat. Jake E (CyHrA) & Rachel Aspe)

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The result is “Metal Against Animal Cruelty“, a diverse metal album with twenty¬†magnificent singers and musicians¬†supporting the good cause on eleven tracks! The album was produced, recorded and mastered at Chromaticity Studios by¬†Pedro J Monge. Music and lyrics by “Hugo Markaida” (Except Anxiety Lyrics and music by I√Īigo Lopez and music in “Fear & Guilt” by I√Īigo & Hugo and Lyrics by Hugo).

Metal Against Animal Cruelty” will be coming out on December 2nd

CD and T-shirts from the all-star project “Feelingless“:

CD Digipak

T-Shirt (‚ÄúFear‚ÄĚ)

T-Shirt (‚ÄúBird‚ÄĚ)

More information about the all-star project: Feelingless

More information about the label: Noble Demon