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Hell announce new EP; The Age of Nefarious

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 12th September 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

British occult metal legends Hell who saw a revival a few years ago have finally unveiled details about the lead single to be released from their upcoming album Curse And Chapter. the band’s current incarnation which features Andy Sneap and David Bower alongside original members Kev BowerTony Speakman and Tim Bowler will release their follow-up to the 2011 release Human Remains on 25th November, later this year through Nuclear Blast.

The Age of Nefarious EP will be released on 28th October via Nuclear Blast. It will be released as as a 10″ vinyl, in several different colours and one exclusive colour for the UK. The EP will include the title track, The Age Of Nefarious, plus three live tracks from the band’s recent performance at this year’s Bloodstock Festival.

The tracklist of The Age Of Nefarious reads as follows:

Side A:
1. The Age Of Nefarious
2. On Earth As It Is In Hell (live)
Side B:
1. Blasphemy And The Master (live)
2. The Oppressors (live)

String and keyman Kev Bower commented:

In a world dominated by conflict, disease, corruption, poverty, disaster and crime – much of which has religion at its source – this is truly the dawning of The Age Of Nefarious. The song was always going to be the perfect opener for the new Curse And Chapter album since it lays the foundation for everything which follows, but when we were approached by our friends at Nuclear Blast with the idea of producing a lead-off EP, we also decided that out of four possible EP album track candidates – this song should also be the one. It represents everything which Hell represents – it powers along in awe-inspiring majesty, but takes lots of unexpected twists and turns before reaching its inevitable conclusion. The artwork is once again the result of our collaboration with Dan Goldsworthy, and it shows just a tiny fraction of the artwork he has created for Curse And Chapter. With regard to the additional live tracks – where better to have recorded these than from the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 – the spiritual home of UK metal, during one of the best shows we have ever played, and in front of 10,000 of the most dedicated metal heads in the world. We are proud to be giving you a glimpse into the second Chapter……

Hell will also be touring with their label mates Carcass this coming November as well as Amon Amarth on the Metal Hammer: Defenders Of The Faith tour. Tour dates are as follow:

12.11.13      Birmingham – Academy
13.11.13      Manchester – Academy
14.11.13      Glasgow – Barrowlands
15.11.13      Bristol – Academy
17.11.13      London – Forum

Hell online:

http://hell-metal-band.com
http://facebook.com/hellofficial

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Hell unveil details on their new offering Curse And Chapter

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 28th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Risen from their own sinister legacy and having disbanded in 1987, Hell were reincarnated only two years ago with the addition of Andy Sneap to guitars and David Bower on vocals, joining original members guitarist and keyboardist Kev Bower, bassist Tony Speakman and drum machine Tim Bowler. Now the British quintet are about to release their follow up to their 2011 release Human Remains which was released via Nuclear Blast. The sophomore offering, titled Curse And Chapter, will also be released via Nuclear Blast on 25th November, later this year.

Curse And Chapter will also include a bonus DVD offering six songs from the band’s show at The Darwin Assembly Suite Rooms in Derby on 23rd February 2013. As the first lead-off single, Hell will release the Age Of Nefarious. Guitarist Sneap commented on the upcoming release:

We’ve been working solid on the album for the last couple of months between gigs, although we’ve been demoing to a good standard over the last year or so. This time around the album consists of around 50% old material 50% new. We really see this as a band that’s moving forward rather than a nostalgia trip, obviously there’s a lot of history within the band, but there’s also a whole world of ideas we want to get out. We have this week left tracking, 4 more vocals and bass to get down, 2 more songs of guitar and then mix. I’m super happy with how things are shaping up, it feels more like a band on this record to me than the first, which I guess is just a natural progression of everyone playing together a lot more over the last couple of years.

Vocalist David Bower added in, regarding the lyrical content:

Alongside some of our favourite themes of historical, political and religious persecution, intolerance and prejudice, you will find some good old fashioned myths and legends being invoked and reinterpreted in our own inimitable way. We also have some songs in which the listener will be implicitly invited to solve the clues contained in the lyrics in order to find the meaning of the stories for themselves. Being completely aware that many people interpret things in ways that writers do not expect as a matter of course, it seemed logical to take that idea a little further.

Adding on from that, Bower explains the album title:

It’s a hellish play on words of the English saying chapter and verse, and also a reference to a song lyric in The Age Of Nefarious, the opening track on the record.

Hell will also be playing the Metal Hammer ‘Defenders Of The Faith’ Tour alongside label mates Carcass and also Amon Amarth and Bleed From Within. Dates are as follow:

Nov 12 Birmingham o2 Academy
Nov 13 Manchester o2 Academy
Nov 14 Glasgow Barrowland
Nov 15 Bristol o2 Academy
Nov 17 London Forum

Hell online:

http://hell-metal-band.com
http://facebook.com/hellofficial