Wilmington (NC) – U.S Heavy Metal quartet CHILDREN OF THE REPTILE will relase new album Heavy is the Head on April 7. The album’s first single, the aptly titled “Burner,” is available now on Bandcamp. The song is a sequel to the track “Gravemaster” from the band’s 2018 album The End.

Click to stream at cotr.bandcamp.com/track/burner-2.

“Burner” is also available on Spotify and YouTube.

Though they are proudly part of what’s now called the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal, CHILDREN OF THE REPTILE aren’t simply aping styles from the 70s and 80s. Taking a page out of the book of Manilla Road and calling themselves “American Epic Heavy Metal,” these four travellers have been crushing the Southeast United States for over a decade now.

If you want the riffs of Metallica, the twin leads of Thin Lizzy or Iron Maiden, the attitude of Judas Priest, the progressive leanings of Mastodon, and the vibes of Manilla Road, then you must check out the best kept secret from the swamps of the Cape Fear: CHILDREN OF THE REPTILE.

Pre-order: cotr.bandcamp.com/album/heavy-is-the-head

Track Listing:

  1. Delvers in Darkness*
  2. Warriors of Light
  3. Burner
  4. Silent Circle
  5. Fear The Old Blood
  6. Seven Days of Fire
  7. Last Words (Ruin’s Ride)
  8. Adventurers
  9. Oath to Order

*Written, produced, and performed by Hermit. It was recorded in Lost Woods Studio, Parts Unknown.


Additional Gang Vocals and Keyboard Programming: Stephen Cline

Produced by Stephen Cline
TMF Studios, Raleigh, NC
Mastered by Jamie King
Basement Studios, Winston Salem, NC

Visual Layout and Art: Ozzie Darden
Logo Design: Cayla Rickard
All Lyrics by Ozzie Darden

Band Photo: Molly Darden


Ozzie Darden: Lead vocals, guitar
Chris Millard: Guitar, backing vocals
David “Pils” Hufham: Bass, backing vocals
Chase Kelly: Drums, backing vocals

Children Of The Reptile on Spotify


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