Today, Chaos Records
announces July 17th as the international release date for Hell Strike
's striking debut mini-album, Hellstrike
, on CD format.
Featuring members of Ascended Dead, Ritual Necromancy, and Bloodsoaked among others, Hell Strike
is a new band with an old sound. The idea of Hell Strike
started like most bands: it was at a metal show where Charlie Koryn, Johnatan Quintana, and José Luis Rodríguez met and talked about jamming some old songs. Even though the members are spread between Seattle and Portland, the distance wasn't an issue, and rehearsals started at the end of 2017.
The next year, Hell Strike
had a handful of practices, but every trek was always a productive one. Just around then, Jon Reiner joined the band, and a few more practices took place. Then, mid-2018 saw a long hiatus due to the schedules of the members' other bands, and it wasn't until December 2019 where the songs they'd been working on finally got recorded.
At last, that recording emerges as a six-song/24-minute mini-album: Hellstrike
, essentially a self-titled record of sorts. Here, Hell Strike
surge and crunch with eldritch energies, back when the cauldron of extremity was slowly stirred between death metal and black metal. More specifically, the mini-album stands firmly on a foundation of early 2000s black/death and early-to-mid '90s death metal, recalling the likes of Sadistic Intent, Grotesque (Sweden), The Chasm, Necrophobic, Mortem (Peru), and Order From Chaos among others.
Familiar yet foreign at the same time, Hellstrike
is indeed a gnarly first strike for Hell Strike
Hear for yourself with the brand-new track "Morbid Abnormality of the Ages" HERE
at Chaos Records
' Bandcamp, where the mini-album can also be preordered. Cover and tracklisting are as follows: