April 19, 2024

Anglo-Finnish progressive metallers Wheel recently announced the release of their much-anticipated third studio album ‘Charismatic Leaders’ on the 3rd May 2024 (InsideOutMusic). The album was meticulously crafted to meet Wheel’s ever-heightening benchmarks and recording with engineers/co-producers Daniel Bergstrand and Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) stretched from August to December 2023. The end result, mixed by Forrester Savell, has consolidated all the gains of what came before: singer/guitarist James Lascelles, lead guitarist Jussi Turunen and drummer Santeri Saksala’s third album represents their heaviest and most conscious music to date.

Since forming in 2015, Wheel have swiftly grown from underdogs of Helsinki, Finland, to an international tour de force. The angular riffs, unforgettable melodies and adventurous scope of the trio’s 2019 debut, Moving Backwards, was instantly adored by fans of megastars from Tool to Coheed & Cambria. The 2021 follow-up Resident Human received rave reviews from publications across the planet, praising its sonic evolution and bravely dystopian themes.

Today they launch the new album’s second track, the dynamic and expansive ‘Porcelain’, and you can listen now here: https://wheelband.lnk.to/CharismaticLeaders

Vocalist & guitarist James Lascelles comments of the track: “Porcelain ended up being about social norms and how the values of the past seem abhorrent by modern standards.  In turn, our current values will likely be seen as primitive, careless or even cruel in the future. I think we would all like to imagine that if we had been born long ago, we would have the same world view that we do now but this would likely not be the case – we are all shaped by our surroundings and social conformity, probably more than we would like to admit. It was a humbling topic to dig in to and the more I thought about it, the more empathy I was able to find for our ancestors.”

The album’s first single ‘Empire’ was released last month, and the video currently has over 220k views. Watch it now here: https://youtu.be/jYfb53AjQwc

‘Charismatic Leaders’ clocks in at just under 50 minutes, and will be available as a Limited CD Digipak (also featuring the Rumination EP tracks as bonus), and a Gatefold 180g LP, both featuring artwork from Lucas Mayer (Long Distance Calling, Blackout Problems). Pre-order your copy now here: https://wheelband.lnk.to/CharismaticLeaders

The full track-listing is as follows:

1.     Empire 04:20

2.     Porcelain 07:12

3.     Submission 10:46

4.     Saboteur 09:01

5.     Disciple 04:12

6.     Caught in the Afterglow 01:12

7.     The Freeze 10:35


The band will be celebrating the release of their new album with their first ever shows in Australia (supporting label-mates Caligula’s Horse) as well as their first ever North American headline shows. Later in the year the band will return to Europe for further headline dates, and you can find the full list below:

31st October – Olympia, Tampere, Finland

1st November – Sawohouse UG, Kuopio, Finland

2nd November – On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland

7th November – Lutakko, Jyväskylä, Finland

8th November – Finlandia-Klubi, Lahti, Finland

9th November – 45 Special, Oulu, Finland

15th November – Logo, Hamburg, Germany

16th November – Melkweg Up, Amsterdam, Netherlands

17th November – 013, Tilburg, Netherlands

19th November – Rebellion, Manchester, UK

20th November – Cathouse, Glasgow, UK

21st November – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK

22nd November – 1865, Southampton, UK

23rd November – Underworld, London, UK

24th November – Thekla, Bristol, UK

26th November – Kavka, Antwerp, Belgium

27th November – Luxor, Cologne, Germany

28th November – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany

30th November – Backstage, Paris, France

2nd December – Komplex, Zurich, Switzerland

3rd December – Legend, Milan, Italy

4th December – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany

5th December – Analog Music Hall, Budapest, Hungary

6th December – Chelsea, Vienna, Austria

8th December – Hyrdrozagadka, Warsaw, Poland

10th December – Lido, Berlin, Germany

11th December – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

12th December – John Dee, Oslo, Norway

13th December – Nalen Klubb, Stockholm, Sweden