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North Carolina's Metalcore Outfit HEIRLOOM Releases New Album “Romanticize”!

The Raleigh-based metalcore band HEIRLOOM has announced that its brand-new full-length “Romanticize” is finally out via Judge & Jury Records! HEIRLOOM delivers massive riffs, atypical breakdowns, and dark vocal lines. If you mix Killswitch Engage's “The End of Heartache” with Chester Bennington's vocal lines, you may have an idea of what to expect. All powered by the 5 stars production by the Grammy winner Howard Benson and Three Days Grace’s Neil Sanderson!

Watch some of the videos from the album below!

Grab your CD of “Romanticize” on the band’s website:

Alternatively, you can stream/download the album on

While listening to the album, you will surely recognize the song “Broaderscope” as one of the highlights, thanks to its dark and melancholic vein. The band stated about this track:

Broader Scope" encompasses lyrical themes related to the death of family members and friends that you didn't get to spend as much time with as you thought you would. Whether it be grandparents, distant relatives, or even people your own age. The chorus is an honest and vulnerable declaration that speaks on thoughts that many of us have to silently carry around - the fear of death and not knowing when it's coming for us. It briefly touches on being told about family members that passed away before you were even alive to spend time with them, as well as other family members that you might have not seen in years and wanted to spend time with in the future, only to find that they passed away suddenly before the chance was had. The consistent themes brought up are the regrets of missing out on time spent with said loved ones, as well as the lingering fear of what our own individual "legacies" will be. It's a very touchy subject for many, but we feel very strongly about speaking on it.

“Romanticize” is the debut full-length studio album by HEIRLOOM. The album has been in the works for nearly 2 years. In late 2021, the band began working on ideas for an album with the producers Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson. In May of 2022, they recorded 5 songs at Benson's acclaimed West Valley Recording Studios engineered by Mike Plotnikoff and Brandt Sier, then later returned to the studio in March 2023 to finish another 5 songs for a 10 song full length album. Pre-production and demo structuring were worked on by Andrew Simmons, Travis Dark, Scotty Seigel, Jonathan Young, & Lindi Ortega.

“Romanticize” is about bipolar disorder (suffered by the vocalist Nolan Kenneth Smith), the darker aspects of PTSD and how difficult it can be to move on from past traumas that try to keep you mentally paralyzed from being content with your current life.

There’s definitely a lot of Smith’s life in the lyrics, like the need of escaping from your town to discover the world, a car crash he was involved in, or fighting the demons to remove resentment and anger from your life, but those are things that everyone can potentially relate to.

The album was produced by Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson. Mixing Engineer: Joe Rickard. Engineered by Mike Plotnikoff, Hatsukazu Inagaki. Assistant Engineer: Brandt Sier. Edited by Paul DeCarli. Mastering Engineer: Niels Nielsen.

“Romanticize” tracklist:

1. We Are Not The Same

2. [Hyper]Vigilant

3. Romanticize (feat. Taylor Barber and Left To Suffer)

4. Wanderlust

5. Passenger Seat (feat. Lauren Babic)

6. [Hive]Mindreader

7. Broaderscope

8. In A Blink

9. Run From Me

10. Suffer All The Same


Nolan Smith - Vocals

Kevin DeJong - Guitars

Austin Smith - Bass

Nikki Leferson - Drums



About Judge and Jury Records:

Judge and Jury Records is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, CA that was founded in 2019 by Multi-Platinum Record Producer Howard Benson and Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace. Throughout his career, co-founder Howard Benson has sold over 60 million albums, accruing 25 billion+ streams producing for artists such as My Chemical Romance, P.O.D., Skillet, Three Days Grace, Seether, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, and many more. Fellow Judge and Jury Records co-founder Neil Sanderson has seen similar success himself from being songwriter and co-founder of Three Days Grace. With over 10 million albums sold and 22 #1 songs at rock radio, he has most recently cemented himself as the #1 Loudwire artist of 2022. Howard and Neil started working together creatively when Howard produced “One-X” with Three Days Grace - his first of several albums with the band. With the combination of Howard's production and Neil's songwriting, they now have the most #1 songs at mainstream rock radio in history.



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