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Dooms Children has released the wistful new track “Heavy Year” and launched pre-orders for their upcoming, self-titled debut album, out October 20 on Dine Alone Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. Dooms Children is the new psych-rock solo project from venerated post-hardcore artist Wade MacNeil (Alexisonfire, Gallows). 

Dooms Children finds MacNeil on a different artistic path both in style and content with an honest and sincere offering that shines light on recent life experiences and revelations. “This is the most personal music I have ever released,” says MacNeil. “Dooms Children is about falling out of love, about addiction and lying awake at night wondering if you’ve made all the wrong choices.”

“Heavy Year” is a thoughtful and reflective song addressing grief and regret following a harrowing period. The melodic track features MacNeil’s lyrical guitar playing and passionate vocals, both of which convey the weight of his message. MacNeil says of the track, “This song is about not running away from suffering. It’s about feeling it, living it, and moving past it.”  

Dooms Children is arguably the purest distillation of MacNeil’s artistry and identity to date, and frames a rather tumultuous and ultimately transcendent few years of his life. With Dooms Children, MacNeil puts forth a revealing and courageous set of songs that chronicle his life at its most vulnerable point before taking control and reemerging wiser with a new outlook and perspective.


Out October 20 via Dine Alone / Cooking Vinyl Australia


01. Trip With Me
02. Flower Moon
03. Psyche Hospital Blues
04. Skeleton Beach
05. Morningstar
06. Lotus Eater
07. Heavy Year
08. Chinatown Glow
09. Spring Equinox
10. Friend Of The Devil
11. Stardust Lullaby


Since co-founding pioneering post-hardcore outfit Alexisonfire in the early 2000s, MacNeil has released four hugely successful studio albums, all Music Canada Platinum-certified: Alexisonfire (2002), Watch Out (2004), Crisis (2006), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals (2009). Crisis debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Soundscan (Canada), and Old Crows / Young Cardinals debuted at #2, and charted at #9 on the US Billboard Independent Album chart. Watch Out helped garner a New Group of the Year JUNO (2004). The band has topped charts and graced notable music magazine covers internationally.

The Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter, and composer has also lent his talents to numerous influential and impactful projects. He founded gritty punk outfit Black Lungs, fronts U.K. hardcore heroes Gallows, put fingerprints on recordings by the likes of Anti-Flag, Cancer Bats, and Bedouin Soundclash, and scored a handful of successful feature films and video games. In 2017, Wade composed music for Jay Baruchel’s comedy Goon: Last of the Enforcers, and also scored Baruchel’s 2020 horror film Random Acts Of Violence.

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