For many budding artists, putting together one cohesive debut album is already a pretty daunting task. From having to create a story from songs to making sure they all flow together, a full-length album entails a lot of work. Genre-defying act Cheat Codes, however, chose to make their mark in the music world with not just one, not just two, but three albums that tell one story.
Composed of an impressive 39 songs, the Hellraisers trilogy is a big flex of Cheat Codes’ influences and skills with each member contributing their own unique flavor to each album.
“It was something we wanted to do for a long, long time,” explained Trevor Dahl, “Ever since we started, we kinda had the idea of doing a three-part album, and when the pandemic hit, we kinda had the time to do it, it just felt natural and there’s three of us, so why not three parts,”
With a sound that’s nothing short of well, genre-defying, the trio share that they find inspiration in everything and anything, and the Hellraisers trilogy is a culmination of that. Following the release of Hellraisers Part 3, the band describes each album as “three unique albums that represented us individually but still stayed true to who the Cheat Codes really are.” While Hellraisers Part 1 was inspired by Trevor’s pop background and Part 2 introduced Kevin Ford’s hip-hop flare, Part 3 promises to deliver the dance pop side of the band brought to listeners by member Matthew Russell. With numerous collaborations involving the likes of Gashi, Icona Pop and Loote, the band certainly have a flair for picking the perfect artists that will elevate their music to the next level.
“Like we said, we had all this time, and we were making all this music, and we felt that we kinda broke up into three different genres and show people what we are able to do musically, so it’s kinda cool to kinda show people our voices and our influences that way,” said Trevor.
As the dance side of the Cheat Codes, Hellraisers Part 3 brings the house down with infectious tracks such as “Memory” and “Back Again” that really bring the whole project together.
“It was a lot of work,” confessed Trevor, “I don’t think we realized how much work it was gonna be when we first started the idea, and there are 39 songs and 37 different artists, which is a big undertaking, not just for the music, but also the visuals, the artwork, it was definitely a lot but we are pretty satisfied with it,”
Hellraisers Part 3 is now available on all major streaming platforms nationwide.