Black Smoke Trigger Announces Long-Awaited Debut Album; Drops New Single “Sun Cries Red”

Debut Album ‘HORIZONS’

Out August 2nd Pre-Order HERE


Black Smoke Trigger, the rising rock sensation from New Zealand, is set to release their highly anticipated debut album titled “Horizons” on August 2nd. Alongside this exciting announcement comes the release of their latest single, “Sun Cries Red,” accompanied by a captivating performance video.



Speaking on today’s announcement and their latest track, Charlie Wallace, guitarist of Black Smoke Trigger shares

“‘Sun Cries Red’ came to life while we were in pre-production for the album ‘Horizons.’ After the initial writing session, we stayed up all night recording the demo. Dan finished his bass part and went to bed, and the rest of us continued on in an alcohol-fuelled recording session. After going over and over the song, adding different layers in our Air Bnb in Nashville, Dan burst out of his room absolutely pissed off that we had been going so long and so loud, which was kind of hilarious. We needed to finish the demo, so of course, we just continued on. A couple of days later, when I was recording the guitar solo in the studio, he said ‘Where did that solo come from!?’ which was possibly one of the funniest moments from recording the album. After explaining it was written when he was all pissed off that he couldn’t sleep, he said ‘well I didn’t realize you were writing epic stuff like that,’ it was good fun.

The song lyrically is about looking back at something that is important but neglected, seeing something in a shadow of its former glory.

Continuing the recording process, producer Nick Raskulinecz suggested we experiment by adding a string section to the song, Josh ended up writing all those parts and it took the song to another level.”

“We are beyond excited to finally release the album ‘Horizons’, it has been such a crazy journey to get to this point and we poured everything we have into it.”

Black Smoke Trigger continues to ride the high of their dynamic rock, anchored by the distinctive guitar work of Wallace and the commanding vocals of Baldrick combined with their pummelling rhythm section courtesy of bassist Dan Fulton, and drummer Josh Te Maro. Fast becoming known for not only churning out certified 10/10, arena ready rock bangers, Black Smoke Trigger are also quickly garnering a reputation for creating incendiary and often death defying music videos.

“Sun Cries Red” follows the success of their previous singles “K.M.T.L”, “Proof of Life” “Perfect Torture” and “The Way Down”, the video for which saw the band perform atop the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere whilst Wallace jumped off the edge, shredding a guitar solo whilst plummeting 630ft and has clocked up over 1.3 million views on YouTube. The release sees Black Smoke Trigger continue to deliver on their promise of high-energy rock music that’s both entertaining and deeply relatable.

Prior to this new string of singles, the band put out track “Caught In The Undertow”, the video for which was also a feat of extreme conditions. Filmed at Muriwai beach in Auckland, New Zealand and at a helicopter crash testing facility in a 3.6M deep pool, the whole band performed much of the song underwater creating a stunning visual that has clocked up 3.2 million Youtube views and highlighting the band’s dedication to creating unforgettable visual accompaniments for their hard-hitting rock anthems.

With the announcement of their hotly anticipated debut album, the horizon shines bright for these Kiwi rock trailblazers. Stay tuned for more to come.

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