Released on: 2011-05-13
Hear the sound of distant thunder……the time has come again
Friday 13th is universally feared for unleashing the darkest imaginable forces in human history. When the entity about to burst forth has waited hidden, seething and festering for a quarter of a century before unloading its gross assault on the senses, the outcome is potentially spectacular. Such is the case with UK metal legends HELL, who in May 2011 released ‘Human Remains’ through NUCLEAR BLAST.
Cited as a huge indirect influence, and as one of the true founding fathers of occult metal, the band formed in 1982 from the carcasses of UK metal bands RACE AGAINST TIME and PARALEX (Their ‘White Lightning’ EP was listed by METALLICA as a favourite, which was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich, Geoff Barton “NWOBHM ’79 Revisited” sampler album).
Despite over five years of constant touring, the band was cruelly overlooked by the ’80’s music press, who just didn’t get it. HELL were too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened to understand them. The final crushing blow came when their long-awaited 1986 album deal with Mausoleum collapsed as the label went bankrupt, followed by the tragic suicide of the singer/guitarist, Dave Halliday, in 1987. The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.
A teenage Andy Sneap was a permanent fixture on the front row of almost every show HELL played and was also taught to play guitar by Halliday. He then went on to form SABBAT and become a renowned metal producer. Upon meeting again, the remaining members of HELL - Kev Bower (guitar/keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) talked with Andy about re-recording the old material to release in conjunction with the old demos. With Sneap replacing Halliday on guitar and David Bower on vocals, the band has recorded 10 HELL classics from the 80’s.
One hugely respected European journal has already described ‘Human Remains’ as one of the best things they have heard in the last 15 years and THE band to watch out for in 2011.
Like a venomous creature preserved in amber, HELL’s legacy becomes reborn – pure and untainted, cast forth screaming.
‘ HELL are one of my all time fave bands from the NWOBHM and I am really stoked to get the chance to work with an act I’d consider so groundbreaking! Back in the day I received the demos through tape trading and now years later with the music re-recorded by Andy Sneap , the band sounds even fresher than ever before! I am very proud that we at Nuclear Blast now have the chance to work with HELL and give you the chance to listen to some timeless music. It is about time that HELL got the international recognition that they deserve and that so many people who are unaware of this monster band can finally hear all these classics!’; says jaap Wagemaker, A&R of Nuclear Blast.
“O wretched souls in mortal cast – know this, and know it well, The hour has come when it shall be – On Earth as it is in HELL.”
“A New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. If you want the blueprint of finest true metal….this is it”
“This will be one of the landmark metal albums of the second decade of the 21st century. It is true metal and stunning.”
MALCOME DOME / METAL HAMMER / TOTAL ROCK UK
“Theatric vocals to die for, timeless heavy metal riffs to kill for, and a production to swear by. A guarantee that HUMAN REMAINS will end up on a ridiculous number of “Best of 2011” lists”
THOMAS VÄÄNÄNEN / SWEDEN ROCK
“A Metal masterpiece! I expected a good album from what i had heard before - but not such a metal masterpiece! It sits perfectly between its instantly identifiable nwobhm roots and more modern, but always classic heavy metal. Goosebumps all over!”
GÖTZ KÜHNEMUND / ROCK HARD GERMANY
“"Human Remains" is probably one of the best British Metal albums, since "The Number Of The Beast". This is the album which you will surely hear... in hell.”
BART GABRIEL / HARD ROCKER (PL)
|Track list||Total runtime|
|1||- Overture: Themes from “Death Squad”||1:14|
|2||- On Earth As It Is In Hell||5:09|
|3||- Plague And Fire||5:09|
|4||- The Oppressors||5:53|
|5||- Blasphemy And The Master||8:11|
|6||- Let Battle Commence||4:23|
|7||- The Devil’s Deadly Weapon||10:14|
|8||- The Quest||4:21|
|10||- Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us||5:05|
|11||- No Martyr’s Cage||9:00|