HELLBENDER - American Nightmare - Reviewed By ODYMETAL! Check it out here at this link: https://odymetal.blogspot.com/2020/11/hellbender-american-nightmare.html
Formed in 2011, released from an EP in 2016, here is "American Nightmare" the first album of 8 thrash metal / hardcore tracks from the American group HELLBENDER.
Dollar Bill will interpret a song in a tone a little less rough than what is usually heard in the style, but the whole does not suffer and perhaps even is enhanced, the aggressiveness being very real. We will note fusion orientations and choirs which will bring additional power.
Songs will be explosive like "Left With Nothing" with its very hard rock solo as on the excellent "Born Dead" title clearly inspired by MOTÖRHEAD with the contribution of the finesse of HELLBENDER.
Less enraged but heavier, we will note "Pure Hate" or "In Hell" but some titles will combine both characteristics like "Rosa" or the melodic, yes I mean the melodic, "End Of Days" as well as the title “Winters Bone ”* with a PANTERA influence as for the solo of“ American Nightmare ”*.
Tell me if I'm tr (o) ump (e), the titles of the album remind me of the American situation which has deteriorated over the past 4 years !!!
About thirty minutes for this album, it remains short all the same, suddenly we will remain a little on our hunger in spite of a well accomplished ensemble which must explode in public.
MONKEYMETAL aka Troll / ODYMETAL / on 01.11.2020.
* by listening to the lyrics, we will note that 2 titles are reversed compared to the supplied playlist of the album, “Winters Bone” and “American Nightmare”.
NoLifeTilMetal Records is proud to release the brand new album from California heavy metal band Hellbender titled American Nightmare .
Hellbender was formed in 2012 by two life-long friends, Clee & Eric, who had been playing in bands together since the mid-1990's. According to Clee,“We wanted to make this band, as HEAVY as possible! We mix the old school sounds of Iron Maiden , Black Sabbath , and Metallica with a new school twist of Mastodon , Hatebreed and Lamb of God ." Dollar Bill joined in January of 2012 and the band began performing gigs across California in November 2013.
The band released their first independent record titled Steel, Blood & Bone in May of 2014 and their second independent release titled Falling Down in August 2016, produced by Produced by Nick Bothelo and Julian Kidd. The band also recorded two music videos directed by Mike Sloat, known for his work with Testament and Machine Head .
In May of 2017 the band headed out on West Coast, USA tour with Destruction , Warbringer and Jungle Rot, including the infamous sold out show at the Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. The band also performed shows across California with Death Angel, Act of Defiance, Prong, Trauma, Blind Illusion, Skitzo, Cultural Warfare, The Hoods, Madrost, Dr. Know, Night Demon, The Ghost Next Door, Niviane, The Venting Machine & Ac/Dz.
In 2019, drummer Rob Rampy ( D.R.I.) joined and helped write and record American Nightmare once again produced by Nick Bothelo and Julian Kidd, along with Ty Sowers. The CD features eight brand new tracks, two freshly recorded songs from the first record ("End of Days" & "In Hell") as well as stunning cover art and graphics. In addition the debut video from American Nightmare entitled "Rosa" was also recorded with Mike Sloat at the helm.
“Rosa” Video: Attached Below
Release Date: July 03, 2020.
Dollar Bill - vocals
Clee - guitar
Eric Lee - Bass & backup vox
Jason Jacobs - drums