Posts Tagged ‘Xentrix’

Overkill @ O2 Islington Academy, London

March 27th, 2014


@ O2 Islington Academy, London, UK

13th March 2014

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Graham Hilling



Next time London decide they want to bulldoze one of our beloved music venues perhaps they could invite the wrecking crew, aka Overkill, along. At least then we’d be guaranteed one more good time before ‘progress’ steps in. Cause after more than 30 years Overkill know about good times, and crucially with them progress isn’t a frightening word. Because in Overkill’s case it doesn’t mean destroying the existing but keeping building on those foundations. Maybe it’s because they’re not British. Take note London.

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KREATOR @ The Forum

May 14th, 2013

Kreator @ The Forum

28th March 2013

Review & Photography by Ashlinn Nash



Kreator are known within the thrash metal community as something of legends, with their fast electric musical panache and flair for ferocious lyrics. They have become a corner stone of influence across the European scene as well as further afield. Tonight the German masters are accompanied by speedballs SSS, re-formed veterans, Xentrix and the up and rising metal troupe Evile.
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HELLFIGHTER – New video: “Legacy Of Hate”

June 9th, 2011


HELLFIGHTER released their brand new video for the corrosive track ‘Legacy Of Hate’ via their You Tube channel. The video can be seen below.
The track, taken from their acclaimed album, DAMNATION’S WINGS, (released via Heavy Metal Records on 28th February 2011) is the first video from the band, who feature former members of UK thrashers Xentrix, in their ranks.


The band has recently confirmed an appearance at this year’s Hard Rock Hell festival, held in North Wales across the first weekend of December.
The video was put together by band guitarist Kristian Harvard.
The ten tracks on DAMNATION’S WINGS showcase HELLFIGHTER’S ability to blend intelligent, mature song writing with their Thrash and Metal roots.  This album delivers mayhem and melody, power and precision and is winning praise across the board, including Black Sabbath legend Bill Ward, who wrote to the band personally to tell them how much he enjoyed their music.


Opening track, “Tower of Sin,” sets the mood with a gargantuan opening riff and screaming vocals reminiscent of some of the great classic Metal bands.  But this is not an exercise in nostalgia; DAMNATION’S WINGS is undeniably modern.  Lumbering, juggernaut epics like “Bring Only Pain,” and, ”Firewalker,” set combat boots stomping, while out and out thrashers like, “Descent” will undoubtedly knock teeth down throats…in the most pleasant way possible of course.


The lyrics tackle diverse subjects, including Second World War atrocities, an 18th century murderess and the recent economic collapse.


The album was recorded at Backstage Studios, Derbyshire, England and at Viscon Studios, Lancashire, England.  It was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap at Backstage studios. All songs were written by HELLFIGHTER except for, “Bring Only Pain,” which was co-written with ex-Xentrix bassist Paul “Macka” Mackenzie.


Track list:

1. Tower of Sin (04:50)

2. A Lesser God (05:32)

3. Legacy of Hate (04:52)

4. Faith in Lies (04:17)

5. Damnation’s Wings (05:25)

6. Revolution Within (04:17)

7. Epitaph (05:19)

8. Bring Only Pain (07:38)

9. Descent (04:58)

10. Firewalker (07:18)


HELLFIGHTER was formed in 2007 but its origins can be traced back to UK thrashers Xentrix, who were at the forefront of the European thrash metal scene in the 1990s.  They released five albums on Roadrunner and Heavy Metal Records and toured Europe extensively with bands such as Testament, Sabbat and Tankard, receiving widespread critical acclaim.  They are now acknowledged as one of the foremost British exponents of the Thrash Metal genre.

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