Reviewed: September 2013
Released: 2012, Indie
Reviewer: Emidio Vaz (Guest Writer/Canada)
2010 was the kicker for \”Hell To Pay\” the band won battle of the bands on 106.1 Manchester Rock Radio less then a year after forming & jump starting the band to play twice @ the legendary Ritz venue in Manchester, to sell out crowds & catching the attention of Live Nation. That led too opening acts for such bands as Rise To Remain & Holy Grail as well as former front man for Iron Maiden, Blaze Bailey and one time front man for AC/DC, Dave Evans. And to top off the year opening for personal guitar hero Paul Gilbert and shooting the bands first video.
2011 saw \”Hell To Pay\” build on 2010 success by releasing their debut EP, SO FAR SO GOOD and led to the bands first headline UK tour. Taking them to over 25 different venues across the country in a two month time period. This leading to a busy summer headlining their first outdoor festival as well as hosting other festival appearances, all this & making it to another final of Hard Rock Hells unsigned competition, Highway to Hell in October. Other shows saw the year out on a high being billed in with acts such as The Treatment & The Crave & Marseille.
2012 fast approached and Hell To Pay headed back into the studio in the month of April to record the follow up to SO FAR …SO GOOD an extensive tour to support the new album following with summer festivals already in the works (including headlining the original artists stage @ 106.1 Rock Radios Mockfest) & shaped what was another remarkable year for Hell to Pay.
\”Judgement Day\”: Heavy lead with timely controled timing of the cymbal kick start \”Judgement Day\” and definitive vocals joining in on a very highly energetic piece of Heavy Metal,where the vocals are stretched to the highest possible proportions where the true Metal is unleashed. This being made possible by the Vocals of Dan,who\’s also lead and rhythm and supported by the Guitars of Dario also rhythm and lead and having the Bass played by Ash and of course the man on the Drums Tom.
\”Pain In The Future\”: Strong sharp riffs starting off before the rest of the band kick in and the vocals break out with crisp velocity reaching above the Metal that\’s being performed with that raw emotion and extending riffs at the right time and having voids that allow for the pounding of the skins to never leting go of the driving beat.
\”Hell To Pay\”: Combining lead and bass leading to a very influenced drum beat starting off joined in by the strong vocals of Dan,making this song a very balanced piecce of Metal in terms both vocals and instruments. This perticular piece of Metal has the mid 70\’s sound and again distintive riffs with supporting drums fueling the guitars very distinct Metal being performed by a very confident Metal band.
\”Matter of Time\”: Plucking of the Bass strings by Ash leading to a very positive drum beat by Tom and the rest of \”Hell To Pay\” Dan and Dari guitars join in a more melodic piece of Metal but introducing voids where that peircing Metal has the determination of wanting to break through and again having signature riffs making way.
\”Burn Me Alive\” Taping of the cymbal leading the heavy Riffs making way for vocals before the lead takes front stage again bringing with it a scale of Metal being performed to perfection. The true Heavy Metal coming forth by musicians that know Heavy Metal.
Hell To Pay perform a Thunderous form of pure Heavy Metal that\’s aspiring to Metal enthusiasts who demand the purification in wanting the clear,powerful vocals that can reach those hight\’s over the extreme Metal that is so demanding by Hell To Pay standards and a delight to Metal ears.
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