At the tail end of what has been a phenomenal year, hardcore outfit HOUNDS are proud to announce their debut album, VILE.

Set to release on December 17, the album has 10 tracks of pure aggression, fuelled by angular riffs, heavy breakdowns, and raw, throat lacerating vocals. Releasing via Kingside Records, VILE features the single Yellow Belly which is available now across all major streaming platforms. In another incredible moment for the band, the album’s closer Break What’s Broken has a guest appearance from Ill Niño front man, Marcos Leal.

Speaking about the album, vocalist Ash Hoy says; “VILE is an album that encompasses songs which delve into the darker extremities of humanity and emphasises the inner self destruction that we possess, but also gives a message of hope and empowerment that we can all overcome our demons.” Talking about the inspiration for the title, he adds, “We feel the title not only defines the subject matter of the album, but also displays the aggression and power of our music.”

More information about the album’s release, including pre-save and pre-order will come soon.

Hounds – The Band

Vocals: Ash Hoy
Guitars: Dave Aitken, Jack Taylor
Bass: Ben Paget
Drums: Josh Lawrence


Hailing from the Isle Of Wight, H.O.U.N.D.S go straight for the jugular with their blend of hardcore metal.

Signing to Kingside Records three weeks before the band’s first single, Beast, dropped in November 2020 goes to show this band are on to something good. A coalescence of angular metal riffs and scathing hardcore aggression, the single quickly placed them as one of the angriest acts to emerge for many years. It also landed them regular radio play on Total Rock Radio.

Not prepared to let the pandemic grind the momentum to a halt, H.O.U.N.D.S diverted their efforts into curating a cult social media following. With a 10 thousand strong fan-base across all platforms, creating connections deeper than the usual band/fan interaction became paramount. From here on, every decision the band made would become fan orientated. A surprise release of second single Snakes, the video teasers for third single Yellow Belly, and even merch designs have been rewarded with a fiercely loyal following. It’s this shift in machination which has allowed the band to propel themselves to the next level. Across the band’s original trilogy and the recent addition of Stick Tight, a cover of a band influencing Terror, H.O.U.N.D.S has amassed over 80 thousand streams over the course of their year.

This has quickly translated into the live arena with shows described as an “exhibition of savagery” (Freak Magazine). The band’s first live show since their inception was part of the UK Metal Merger’s All Killer No Filler Fest, which saw them share the bill with Wolf Jaw, Kill II This, and Divine Chaos. A highly sought after band among the grass roots circuit, H.O.U.N.D.S soon found themselves booking a headlining tour across the August Bank Holiday. A run of shows which proved so successful that a fourth date was added the night before they played.

Full steam ahead, the release of their debut album, VILE, on December 17 lines the band up for a quickly filling diary for live shows across 2022. This includes a slot on the main stage of FajtFest in the Czech Republic in July, sharing a stage with the likes of Terror, Ill Niño, and Raging Speedhorn