Hellvetron is a name you may be familiar with, though chances are you never really heard anything by them before. Formed back in 2004, the two-man project issued a demo recording titled Ceremonial Crucifixion through Satanic Skinhead Propganda, but was strictly limited to one hundred cassette pro-pressings. This was way back in 2005, and since then the popularity of the act had considerably grown in the Black Metal underground, enough to attract the attention of Hell’s Headbangers, who are issuing the band’s debut full-length, Death Scroll of Seven Hells and It’s Infernal Majesties. But, this Texas-based US Black Metal act is not to be taken at face value, as this recording holds a completely different experience than what you might expect.
Germany’s Gun Barrel isn’t too well acknowledged outside of their homeland, but over the years they have proven to be a force to be reckoned with. Since their debut in 2001, three years after the group formed, they have been releasing a solid mixture of Heavy Metal and Power Metal, and what reviews you happen across will back this fact up. For their 2012 release, Brace for Impact, they have parted ways with Limb Music, and find themselves working with well known Metal label giant Massacre Records. But, does this unacknowledged group stick to their gun with this latest offering, or is there more of a change at play here than just a record contract?
After the passing of Abacinate vocalist Jason Sica, the band decided to go on hiatus. In that time, a new group formed from the ashes. Todd Stern and Justin Spaeth come together with Drew Murphy and Rob Guidotti to form a new Hard Rock meets Hardcore throwback group named Hammer Fight. Composed of several new offerings, Hammer Fight present their 2011 Demo to the world. But, is this demo something the world needs, or do the former band members take this into a more Death ‘n Roll direction (which is what you might assume looking at their Stereokiller biography and taking previous band history into account)?
Skeletonwitch return to their fans with their fourth full-length album, Forever Abomination. This much anticipated outing finds the band still signed to Prosthetic Records, their home since 2007’s successful Beyond the Permafrost. After a series of singles and an entry to the Decibel Magazine Flexi Series, the hard work in the studio has finally made it’s ways to the hands of their fans everywhere. But, was this all time well spent, or does Forever Abomination find the group dropping the ball?
After being floored by Al-Namrood‘s album Estorat Taghoot, I was given the opportunity to shoot some interview questions over to the band thanks to Shaytan Records. Below are the responses from them.