Awakened from the Abyss is the second full-length from Hellbringer a group from Australia. There has been some talking just recently about their latest material and they got some attention from both fans and media so we felt that we need to cover this band with the review and interview.
As a matter of fact you have a debut record called Awakened from the Abyss so tell us something about the newer record? Could you present it from your point of view?
Yes, just recently released and we believe it to be our strongest release yet.
From my point of view I’d call it a slab of fast, aggressive dark thrash that will hear your head of.
Could you present the band Hellbringer to our readers since this is the very first time that we have a chance to have an interview with you.
We started in about 2007 under the name Forgery. My brother and I wanted to start a band playing music in the vein of the stuff we loved but we needed a guitarist. Luckily we had another mate who happened to also to be into the same stuff and played guitar. So we pulled him in and that’s out it began.
We changed the name to Hellbringer a few years later when we re-released the EP under Iron Pegasus records from Germany.
There was another band around at the time called Forgery who seemed to be popular so we decided to change to Hellbringer. It’s a better name anyway. And that’s the basic stuff!
It’s obvious that you have traditional style of playing with obvious influences coming from thrash, speed metal but, yet with rawer style so to say. How would you like to describe your style of playing? Tell us something about your influences as well.
I’d describe it as fast, dark and vicious thrash metal.
Influences include Possessed, Slayer, Sodom, Kreator, Sepultura and more. The good stuff
Are you active actually when it comes to live performances? Since you are arriving from Australia there could be some problems scheduling some shows here in Europe…but, yet i guess that the band is doing quite well in Europe…
We rarely play gigs here in Australia these days because it’s just not possible or worth it. There aren’t enough cities or a big enough scene to make it worth playing gigs all the time unfortunately. We would love to play Europe more but flights aren’t the cheapest and it is a long way obviously. And you are right. Our main fan base would be in Europe followed by the United States. These are our main focus for live gigs these days!
Who has done cover the artwork for the record Awakened from the Abyss? What would you like to present by it? Once again the cover reflects and reveals traditional influences as well…
A Finnish artist called Samu Salovarra. We wanted something that represents our music and themes best and Samu nailed it 100%. Dark, dirty and twisted. I think the cover art is always important.
What could you tell us now about your debut record Dominion of Darkness which was released four years ago? Could you compare it to the new release? Also, there was one EP recorded and released as well two years ago…
I still like the songs on Dominion but I’m not overly fond of the production.I think Awakened ups everything 100%. We improved a lot as song writers this time around and were a lot more fussy with song arrangements and the like. The aggression and intensity is amped up way more too.
I’ve noticed some good reviews, comments and ratings as well when it comes to a brand new record Awakened from the Abyss so how do you feel about that? I guess that it gives you a fuel to go on since the band has obviously quite potential to offer.
That’s always great and encouraging to hear of course. However the first priority is always that we are happy with the music. We are writing and playing music that is in our blood and heart at the end of the day.
We take it as it goes! Who knows what the next album will offer.
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