Hell Fire’s New Track Is Classic Old-School Speed Metal
Lots of thrash bands do their best to sound retro, but Hell Fire manage to sound classic. The San Francisco-based four-piece doesn’t come off like they’re attempting to emulate the bands of the early-to-mid-’80s so much as their chuggy, infectious sound channels the things that made that era exciting in the first place. More so, Hell Fire walk the thin line that is speed metal, adding extra momentum to classic heavy metal riffs rather than going hard on punk’s aggression and misanthropy, which puts them in the same category as rare acts like Raven and Exciter.
The title track from the band’s upcoming new album, Mania, is a perfect example of this approach. The song is mid-paced for thrash but fast for traditional heavy metal; it has all the chugging stomp of a band like Anthrax, but still goes hard on the gravitas and grandiosity of early Maiden and Saxon. The result is traditional heavy metal with a kick in the ass, that doesn’t need to add on a lot of canned angst to get heads banging and fists pumping.
In the words of guitarist/vocalist Jake Nunn, “Thematically, everything on the album comes from personal experiences…From the highs of partying together out here in Oakland, or the nostalgia of being a kid learning Zeppelin on a beat up guitar, to the extreme lows of isolation, personal trauma, and mental illness. Sonically we want our records to sound like you’re standing in front of the stage at a show. The power of Marshall stacks in front of your face, drums at your ear level, thunder of the bass and feeling the presence of the room.”
Check out Hell Fire’s Mania below:
Check out the badass cover for Mania:
And make sure to rock your bulletbelt at one of Hell Fire’s live shows below:
01/17 Reno, NV @ Shea’s Tavern
01/18 Oakland, CA @ Elbo Room
01/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One
01/20 San Diego, CA @ Space
01/21 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
01/23 Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewing
01/24 Sonora, CA @ Winters Tavern
01/25 Cupertino, CA @ X Bar
01/26 Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp
01/27 Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
01/28 Olympia, WA @ Le Voyeur
01/29 Seattle, WA @ Highline Tavern
02/02 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ The Well, Khemmis
03/13 Oakland, CA @ TBA
03/15 Portland, OR @ TBA
03/16 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse
04/13 Houston, TX @ Hell’s Heroes Festival
04/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Psycho Smokeout Festival
Hell Fire’s Mania drops March 29th on Riding Easy Records. Preorder it here.
The former Sunny Day Real Estate vocalist takes his fifth full-length solo record on tour, performing a stunning show at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge.