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HELL have entered the German album top 50 with debut album “Human Remains”

May 25th, 2011
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Nearly 30 years after originally forming in 1982 UK`s Heavy Metal legends HELL have entered the German album charts with their Debut album „Human Remains“ at #46!

HELL were founded in 1982 out of the remains of two classic NWOBHM bands, Race Against Time and Paralex. They signed with Mausoleum in 1985 but split in 86 after the label went bankrupt. After the suicide of original singer Dave Halliday in 1987 the remaining members gave up any hope of reforming.

More than two centuries later the band is back with huge success. Producer/Guitarist Andy Sneap, being a close friend of the band, brought the remaining band members back together again three years ago to resurect the old material and bring HELL back to life. The result was Human Remains, ten old HELL classics rerecorded. Released last week to unanimous appraisal across Europe , US and Japan, “HUMAN REMAINS” entered the german trend charts at 12 with the final weeks national chart position being 46.

HELL is now coming to Europe.

27.05.11 Metalfest – Pratteln, CH
28.05.11 Metalfest – Dessau, DE
29.05.11 Metalfest – Mining, AUS
04.06.11 Rockstad Festival – Falun, SE
12.06.11 Download Festival – Donington Park, UK
22.07.11 Tuska Festival – Suvilahti, FI

13.08.11 Bloodstock Festival Catton Hall, UK

Just a few days ago, HELL did their first club show at the MFN Club in Nothingham. Fans came from Scandinavia and – unbelievably – from Southern California to see the band live. Check the out clip:

http://www.cackblabbath.co.uk/2011/05/21/hell-live-at-the-mfn-club-nottingham/

more information on HELL

www.hell-metal.com

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NUCLEAR BLAST SPOTLIGHT : 10 QUESTIONS WITH HELL’S ANDY SNEAP!

May 17th, 2011
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In honor of the release of HELL’s long overdue debut album in North America today, Nuclear Blast USA caught up with HELL guitarist & acclaimed metal producer Andy Sneap to ask ten question about Human Remains – which was a whopping 29 years in the making.

 

How exactly does HELL have a tie-in with Metallica?

 

I’m presuming you are referring to them talking about covering a Paralex track when they were thinking of which songs to use on the Garage Days EP.  Lars [Ulrich] mentioned it a while back. Paralex [in whose ranks were two original members of HELL] released their much sought after White Lightning EP – on green vinyl, no less! – and were also featured on the compilation album [“NWOBHM: ’79 Revisited”] that Geoff Barton and Lars compiled a couple of years ago. So that’s all, really.

 

HELL existed for such a short amount of time after their inception in 1982.  What led to the band’s rapid break-up?

 

The band signed to Mausoleum Records back in 1984/85, who then went bankrupt. This happened over a one year period of the band being kept in limbo and by the time it had all fallen through, band members were in debt, disillusioned, and disinterested. Kev Bower quit to be replaced by one of Dave [Halliday]’s guitar students Shaun Kelly, but a year later they disbanded and unfortunately in early ’87, Dave Halliday took his own life.

 

How did the aftermath of Dave’s death play out, leading up to today?

 

After Dave died, everyone went separate ways.  Kev totally gave up on music as did Tim Bowler [drums]. Tony [Speakman, bassist] kept playing in local bands.  I met both Tim and Tony again about 10 years ago and of course, we’d always talk about old times and the band.  It was only when we managed to find Kev three years ago through his son being into metal and liking bands I’d produced that we had this crazy idea of recording the old material.  We didn’t really think what we were doing at the time, it was more like an old boys’ convention where we’d have a few beers and record a bit at a time when I was available.  But it really brought us all together again and has actually been a tremendous amount of fun.  I think the results speak for themselves.

 

David Bower, the new lead singer, is actually quite theatrical, both visually and with his voice.

 

We found him at under the same roof as Kev.  David’s actually a professional actor/lunatic who has appeared in a few of the UK soaps and also Othello in London with the comedian Lenny Henry.  By nature he’s a tenor, but we got him down to do the voice over in “Plague And Fyre.” It’s when I got him to sing some backing vocals I realized the missing piece to the puzzle was right under our noses.  His brother Kev is the guitar player and he’d also seen the band maybe 15 times back in the day, so he knew exactly what the band was all about.

 

Are all the tracks on Human Remains all the original songs from back in the day?

 

Yes, they are all from the ‘80s. A few tiny tweaks arrangement-wise to streamline them a little bit, but in general, they are very true to the originals.

 

It’s surprising to know you guys didn’t get carried away with your “old boys’ convention” and write new material for this one!

 

No, not on this one.  The next album will see 50% old and 50% new.  There’s a lot more to come and we have big plans for that already.  Like I said earlier, Kev gave up on music and now he’s rediscovered it; the ideas are really flowing. I also have a huge stock pile of riffs and ideas and Dave Bower is also a talented guitar player. Tony has a couple of ideas he keeps mentioning too, so I think we are well into album 3 by now.

 

You’ve been around long enough to see the evolution in music production really evolve.  How would HELL’s original demos stand up to the full album’s standards of today?

 

The demos were mono; the album’s in stereo… I’m not kidding, either.  We could get into the whole analog / digital debate.  What I tried to achieve on this album was an honest recording of these songs.  We took almost an old-school approach, no cutting and pasting, heads-down, see-you-at-the-end, but still obviously as tight as we could get it.  People have commented on the production being more organic than my usual productions, but really it’s down to the song writing and style of playing than anything I’m doing.  I’ve worked on and off on the album over the last three years. Basically, whenever I had a spare weekend, I’d call the guys up and say “Right – let’s get to it.”  If you combine all the time up, including the mix, it’s probably taken 10 weeks. There wasn’t really any difficult points; the hardest bit was saying “That’s it, it’s done,” because an album is never finished.

 

There are people who really dig the album who weren’t even born when HELL’s first demo was recorded in 1982!

 

The reaction to the album is quite humbling, actually.  We knew it was good but had no idea how people would take it. It’s always a bit of a nervous time when you release an album but always very satisfying when the opinions across the board are universally positive. It just confirms we have done the right thing, which after all the hard work, upset, and time gone by for these guys, is a truly wonderful feeling.

 

What do you think is the appeal of NWOBHM bands in today’s scene?

 

I think the scene’s getting a bit saturated with the new stuff.  Labels are partly to blame.  I think schedules have become too predictable, so people hark back to the old days where it was more about classic song writing rather than the latest hair cut and 7-string single note riff.  Back then, in the ‘80s, people really believed in metal; it really came from the heart.  I won’t put another HELL album out until we are 100% happy with it.  Bands are too rushed these days and I think it doesn’t help bands develop.

 

It’s nice to know you’re back playing guitar and will soon to hit the stage again with HELL, as it’s been a while since your other band, Sabbat, has recorded or played live.

 

Deep down, I always have been a guitarist.  It’s just that Plan B kinda worked out for me.  I must admit, I’m pretty bored with sitting on my ass in the studio all day, so now I’ve been given the chance to do this.  I’m 100% in; it’s fun.  It may cost me some money and a couple of albums I could have done, but you know what?  I don’t care.  Playing to me is priceless.

 

 

The track listing for Human Remains is:

 

01 – Overture: Themes From “Deathsquad”

02 – On Earth As It Is In Hell

03 – Plague And Fyre

04 – The Oppressors

05 – Blasphemy And The Master

06 – Let Battle Commence

07 – The Devil’s Deadly Weapon

08 – The Quest

09 – Macbeth

10 – Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us

11 – No Martyr’s Cage

 

Total running time is 66 minutes and 6 seconds.

 

Watch the video for “On Earth As It Is In Hell” here.

Order the Human Remains CD for only $10 at Nuclear Blast USA’s online web shop.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:

 

  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums

 

Visit HELL online at www.HELL-METAL.com, on Facebook, MySpace, & YouTube.com/HELL.

 

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ANDY SNEAP DISCUSSES HIS ROLE IN HELL

May 6th, 2011
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World renowned metal producer and HELL guitarist Andy Sneap from England recently stopped by the Nuclear Blast USA office and shared this thoughts on playing in HELL – one of the bands he grew up loving (“I’d rather not… I’d rather Dave Halliday was here to do this!”), the relationship & history between HELL and his own band SABBAT, the acoustic & magical qualities of an epic beard while handling mixing duties, and lastly, his thoughts on what used to be his favorite cereal (“I’m not going near it.)”

 

View the video in its entirety on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

 

HELL’s debut album Human Remains – which was over 25 years in the making – will be released in North America on May 17th.

 

One of the true founding fathers of occult metal and cited as a huge indirect influence to many bands, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands Race Against Time and Paralex – whose 3-song White Lightning EP was listed by Metallica as a favorite and was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich / Geoff Barton “NWOBHM: ’79 Revisited” sampler.

Watch the video – directed by Kristian Harvard of Visual Concepts U.K. – for “On Earth As It Is In Hell” here.

The singles “Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us” and “On Earth As It Is In Hell” are available for purchase on iTunes.

Pre-order the Human Remains CD for only $10 at Nuclear Blast USA’s online web shop.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:

 

  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums

 

Visit HELL online at www.HELL-METAL.com, on Facebook, MySpace, & YouTube.com/HELL.

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HELL – Kev Bower

March 27th, 2011

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 Kev Bower – Hell

Interview by Arto Lehtinen  

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) started a new chapter in the Heavy Metal genre over 30 years ago. Several bands were founded which have achieved fame and glory or everlasting cult status. Some of them just vanished without much of a fuss. Hell, hailing from Nottingham, achieved cult status by putting out demos, EPs, and above all creating an occult based visual approach. The band disappeared from the map and years passed by until 2010 when Hell returned due to Andy Sneap’s neverending support and pushing towards the band. The debut album called HUMAN REMAINS is a masterpiece of occult heavy metal with an old school metal grip. The band’s guitarist Kev Bower enlightens more on how Hell reunited and goes back in time to the old days.


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HELL: FIRST SINGLES NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE

March 25th, 2011

“Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us” and “On Earth As It Is In Hell,” the first singles off the debut studio release by British occult NWOBHM band HELL are now available for purchase at this location.  The album Human Remains will be released in North America on May 17th.

Producer and HELL guitarist Andy Sneap is a life-long friend of the band who was taught guitar by the original HELL singer/guitarist Dave G. Halliday.  Sneap shares a bit of background on the song selected for the single:

“’Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us’ was actually HELL’s only ‘official’ release back in 1983 on the band’s own Deadly Weapon Records label.  Written by original singer/guitarist Dave Halliday, the original single was complemented by the instrumental B side ‘Deathsquad.’

“All the songs on the new HELL album were written between 1981 & 1986, with just a few small adjustments to the arrangements.  We recorded the album over the last three years,  in down time between other albums I’ve been working on and it was only by chance we ended up with Kev’s brother David [Bower] singing.  As he’s a professional actor / voice over artist, Kev asked him to do a voice over on one song; he then sang some backing vocals and immediately I knew we’d found the right guy. He’d seen the band close to 20 times back in the day so appreciated the theatrics needed to fill the shoes left by Dave Halliday.  We didn’t really set out to do an album.  At first it was just a group of old friends getting together and putting three songs down to see what they sounded like because we could with me now having a studio.  We kinda didn’t stop.  Personally, I can’t really pick a favorite song as I’m so close to the whole record…”

One of the true founding fathers of occult metal and cited as a huge indirect influence to many bands, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands Race Against Time and Paralex – whose 3-song White Lightning EP was listed by Metallica as a favorite and was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich / Geoff Barton “NWOBHM: ’79 Revisited” sampler.

View the video for “On Earth As It Is In Hell” here *and below).  It was directed by Kristian Harvard of Visual Concepts U.K.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:

 

  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums

 

Visit HELL online at www.HELL-METAL.com, on FacebookMySpace, & YouTube.com/HELL.

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NUCLEAR BLAST SIGNS NWOBHM BAND HELL

February 2nd, 2011
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Hear the sound of distant thunder… the time has come again.

Friday the 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 NWOBHM legends HELL, who on May 13th in Europe will release the first studio album of their career, Human Remains, through Nuclear Blast Records.  The album’s North American release date will be announced soon.

One of the true founding fathers of occult metal and cited as a huge indirect influence to many bands, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands Reace Against Time and Paralex, whose White Lightning EP was listed by Metallica as a favorite and was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich / Geoff Barton  ‘NWOBHM ’79 Revisited’ sampler album.

Despite over five years of constant touring, HELL were cruelly overlooked by the ’80s music press, who just didn’t get it.  The band was just too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened music listener 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 singer/guitarist, Dave Halliday, in 1987.  The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.

Meanwhile, a teenaged Andy Sneap was a permanent fixture in 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 became a world-renowned metal producer. Upon meeting again, the remaining members of HELL – Kev Bower (guitar & keyboards), 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 completed by David Bower on vocals, the band has recorded 10 HELL classics from the ‘80s.

A highly respected European magazine has declared HELL as thee band to watch out for in 2011 and has already described Human Remains as one of the best things they have heard in the last 15 years.

Like a venomous creature preserved in amber, HELL’s legacy becomes reborn – pure and untainted, cast forth screaming.

States Jaap Wagemaker, A&R for Nuclear Blast Germany:  “HELL are one of my all time favorite bands from the NWOBHM era and I am really stoked to get the chance to work with a band I consider so groundbreaking!  Back in the day, I received their 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 finally get the chance to hear all these classics!”

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.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:

  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums

Visit HELL online at www.HELL-METAL.com & www.myspace.com/HELLUK.

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#2 – Satan of Hell

March 27th, 2005



Here is our second online comic. This time the topic is about two things that go hand in hand…Satan and Slayer.

Enjoy the comic,

MetalRules.com & Jan Oidium 

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