HELLDOWN firmly map out their agenda in the shape of their mesmerising sophomore EP, In Deaths Hands, out everywhere on Friday 17th January 2020. Prior to the EP release, the emerging thrash metallers have just revealed a lyric video for the track, Mortal Shell – https://youtu.be/frbZepF2jWc
With a strong affinity and affection for the back catalogues of Slayer, Thin Lizzy, Pantera, Judas Priest, and Metallica, HELLDOWN serve up gratifying thrash metal laced with true groove and venom. Originally conceived back in 2013, the quartet had some personnel changes that briefly derailed their early trajectory. Now with a stable line-up consisting of blood brothers Ben and Matthew Evans (respective Bassist/Vocalist and Rhythm Guitarist), aided by Ross Thomas (Drums) and with Lewis Larkman (Lead Guitarist), the band’s reach is vast. 2016’s debut self-titled EP, along with 2017’s single, The Watchers, have helped to create a strong buzz for the riff slingers throughout the underground. Live performances with the likes of Phil Campbell, Toxic Holocaust, Exhumed, Acid Reign, Triaxis, Malignancy and Anti-Clone, to name just a few, have also greatly assisted in increasing the band’s stock.
With their live reputation on the rise, aided by the group’s newfound partnership with High Tide Booking Agency, HELLDOWN headed to the studio to craft their next EP, In Deaths Hand. The band remark about the record: “These four tracks are no strangers to our live sets. We were always told that these songs are pinnacle moments in our set, and that they had to be recorded. We went into the studio wanting an aggressive and relentless sounding record. After the final mix, we felt we achieved something that stands out in the crowd. There is something for everyone in this EP. We’re really happy with the way it has turned out.”. Rightly so, the record is a prime slab of thrash metal, showcasing four mammoth beefy cuts. The record ejects potent sharp riffs and aggressive hollering that spews straight out from your speakers. Entwined with unrelenting energy and sophisticated dynamics, the band have created an EP that is destined to leave its mark.