Pittsburgh extreme metal enigma Hazing Over have released their second single “Disavowed” from their upcoming EP Tunnel Vision. Speaking on the track, guitarist and songwriter Owen Traynor says, “‘Disavowed’ is our first song with clean singing and concludes the juxtaposition of internal and external panic explored throughout the record.”
For Tunnel Vision, the group teamed up with producer Taylor Young [Twitching Tongues, God’s Hate] and recorded the six-track collection at The Pit Recording Studio in Van Nuys, CA. During this time, the band leveled up from every angle. They sharpened their sound with throat-slitting hooks, hardcore grooves, and even moments of clean singing on the standout “Disavowed.” Elsewhere, “Tunnel Vision” illuminates the band’s knack for a mind-numbing metallic barrage, while “Tightrope Walker” never relents with 65 seconds of pure bloodletting.
As if harnessing the energy of the apocalypse in short-controlled bursts, Hazing Over temper unapologetic metallic bludgeoning with a hardcore groove, pit-splitting power, and unexpected catchiness. The Pittsburgh, PA quintet—Jake Yencik [vocals], Owen Traynor [guitars, synths], Cody Walsh [guitar], Shantanu Vyas [bass], and Ryan Yester [drums]—teeter between a gloriously repugnant distorted buzz and searing rhythms.
After initially making waves under the name of Shin Guard, the band reconfigured and officially roared to life as Hazing Over on the 2021 Pestilence EP. It clocked over a half-million streams on Spotify—unprecedented for a collective this extreme. Stereogum fittingly hailed it as “some wild shit.“ Meanwhile, they incinerated stages with the likes of nothing,nowhere. Building a rabid audience independently and earning widespread acclaim from the likes of FLOOD, Brooklyn Vegan, and more, they hone this approach into a more dynamic and dangerous beast on their 2023 EP, Tunnel Vision [1126 Records].