First record for the Hell Riders and already great things could already be said about “First Race”.
Beautiful music and powerful guitars, as in the best tradition of Hard Rock, were it not for the presence of some smudges, most likely attributable to the recent formation of the band as well as to a production that is not exactly "grandiose". The guitarist, Richard Crowley, is certainly good, creating epic strides both in “Soldiers of steele” (very Iron Maiden) and in “Aviator” and “Beyond death”. But a particular consideration should be made regarding "Dragon power", which I find the most successful of the album, with a drum intro that recalls (for a moment) the atmosphere of "Close to me" by The Cure, and with a guitar more attentive to the melody than to "speed"; the desire, after listening, would be to hear the piece recorded with a sumptuous production, made up of choirs and superstructures, to which the same seems to lend itself naturally from the moment of composition. In fact, production is the Achilles heel of this record, good in aspirations but weak in realization. The music of the Hell Riders has as clear inspirations the aforementioned Iron Maiden, which however boast means not available to most musicians, who despite being talented, however, cannot reach the magnificence of their "masters". The basic inspiration is there and you can feel it, but the recording methods and the (necessarily) poor production penalize a band that does not lack ideas or musicians suitable for their realization. A separate discussion must be made for the singer Dave Jolly, who, in some ways, seems forced into a choice of style that does not belong to him. The voice is, in some parts, necessarily hoarse or, on the contrary, deliberately acute, but it appears unnatural and, in some pieces, dissonant with respect to the music. The disappointing thing is that the setting is there, but the singer follows a model far from his own voice, and appears, in some moments, out of the context of the band. It would be enough to simply force less and follow one's nature, even vocal. Anyway, in my opinion, a good debut for the Hell Riders: the talent is there, it would be enough to find the right path (and production).
Hell Riders were born to Riccardo Marcassa (Guitarist) and Gio Prestinari (Drummer). Both are at the same time old members of the historic band Porlezza known as Beyond Death Of Humanity thrash metal. The band lasted until 2014.
We have to wait until October 2017 before the two meet again and decide to form a new band proposing their old songs of the past in a heavy key. In January 2018, the band lined up among its lines Davide Girardi as vocalist, taken from Ticino, while in May of the same year, is completed with Ismael Meireles on bass, also from Ticino.
In May the band decided to record some rudimentary tracks releasing the Demo: Origins. In November of the same year the band changed again the lines adding to the drums Cesare Massaini, Caterina La Chimia on bass and Luca Manta as second guitar. On December 1, Hell Riders signed with Volcano Records and entered the studio to record their ﬁrst album on December 17, 2018.
The recordings end on 24 May 2019 with a new drummer, Angelo Cislaghi, while in September of the same year, a new member arrives, the young Enea Maina to replace Luca Manta. On November 1, 2019, the band’s debut album titled "First Race" was released. The race of the infernal motorcyclists does not stop and now I am working on the second disk deploying new members: Bobo on drums and Luca Piscopo on bass.
HELL RIDERS line-up:
Davide Girardi (Dave Jolly) - Voice
Caterina La Chimia (Caty Van Alchemy) - Bass
Riccardo Marcassa (Richard Crowley) - Guitar
Angelo Cislaghi (Jimmy Dirt)- Drum