Deathwish, from northern Wisconsin, are set for their new album, The Fourth Horseman, to drop tomorrow (7th) via Beer City Records (pre-order here). Known for their fierce, thrashy, hardcore punk sound, the band blends metal, hardcore, and punk rock throughout their latest offering.

Recorded by Marc Birr at Carp Town Studios and mastered by Joel Grind, the album features themes of death, rebirth, and resilience. The band consisting of Bitty (bass/vocals), Guinea Pig Champion (guitar/vocals), K. Lexau Alter (lead guitar), and S.W. Macleod (drums), have teamed up with Metal Insider to unveil a track-by-track guide, further exploring the dark themes throughout the album.

“In Cold Blood”

Dives into the chilling story of Charles Manson and his followers, exploring the dark and twisted mind behind the infamous crimes.

“King of the Road”

Reflects my love for touring. Our band hit the road four times last year, embracing the freedom and adventure that comes with performing live shows as often as possible.

“Rain Fire”

Recounts a wild experience from my youth when someone spiked our pot with PCP. The trip was intense, and I vividly remember hallucinating that the sky was raining fire and I had turned into a pitcher of orange juice.

“Aces and Eights”

Refers to a key strategy in blackjack: always split your aces and eights. It’s a simple yet crucial tip for the game.

“Aftermath of a Severed World”

Is a harrowing tale of survival. I once gave a ride to some people whose car had broken down. They turned on us, trying to murder me with a cord around my neck and threatening my friend with a gun. In a desperate escape, I drove 70 mph into a parked truck to save our lives.

“Hell in My Head”

Is an introspective look at battling depression. It’s a raw and honest portrayal of the mental struggles many face.

“Mainline Rock n Roll”

Celebrates my deep love for music and live shows. I’ve sacrificed a lot for this passion, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. The exhilaration of performing and the connection with the audience make it all worthwhile.

“Bring Down the Hammer”

Is about standing up to a relentless bully. After enduring enough, I fought back and he surprisingly turned nice afterward. It’s a testament to the fact that sometimes you have to assert yourself to gain respect.

“Edge of the Knife”

Describes the constant challenge of being underestimated due to my size. While I prefer to walk away from conflicts, there are times when I have no choice but to stand my ground. This song is a reminder to treat others with kindness but be ready to defend yourself if necessary.

“The 4th Horseman”

Tells the miraculous story of my dad’s experience. After suffering severe side effects from the Covid shot, he was declared brain dead and placed in hospice. Miraculously, on the fourth day, he woke up and recognized us. Despite some brain damage, he leads a fairly normal life now. This song serves as a reminder that life is temporary and should be enjoyed to the fullest. Quitting is never an option, and rock ‘n’ roll is a powerful force that keeps us going.