With the new year just getting under way, Dendera will be doing their best to make sure 2015 gets started with a bang.
The Portsmouth-based metallers are playing next Friday at The Edge of The Wedge, before they lock themselves in the studio later this month to record the follow-up to their well received debut album, The Killing Floor.
Whilst promoting their debut, the band have found themselves supporting the likes of Saxon, Soulfly and Blaze Bayley, as well as joining Gloryhammer on a nationwide tour.
Singer Ashley Edison says: ‘We’ve had some pretty incredible shows, and done stuff with acts which we could never even have imagined being involved with.
‘We don’t often play in Portsmouth though, even though it’s our hometown, so we’re really looking forward to this one.’
The five-piece have got a few more shows lined up through to March, but will be focussing on the new album, which Ashley says will see them modify their classic metal sound.
‘We’ve got most of the songs for the new album pretty much written – we’re quite excited to get them recorded,’ he explains.
‘The last one went down really well, we had some great reviews, so we want to build on those.
‘It’s going to be Dendera 2.0. Once we’ve finished recording, mixing and mastering it, we hope we’re looking at a late summer, early autumn release.
‘It’s quite different to the first one. We always get told we sound quite like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, and we have no problem with people saying that about bands we admire so much, but this one is going to be a heavier album, more like Machine Head or Trivium, but with our own spin on it.
‘We’re aiming for a big wall of sound.’
Doors open 7pm, January 9, tickets cost £6 advance, £8 on the door.
Support comes from Zenthetix, Screaming Steel and Lawless Nation. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk