HELLFIGHTER’S debut album, DAMNATION’S WINGS, marks a very welcome and highly anticipated return for former members of UK thrashers Xentrix, who spent most of the 1990s battering audiences across Europe into submission with razor sharp riffs and million-mile-an-hour drum patterns. Xentrix released five albums and toured extensively with bands such as Testament, Sabbat and Tankard, receiving widespread critical acclaim. They are now acknowledged as one of the foremost British exponents of the Thrash Metal genre. After a period spent working on different projects ex-Xentrix members Kristian Havard (guitar), Den Gasser (drums) and Simon Gordon (vocals) reformed, recruiting Pete Smith (ex Kill II This) and bassist Mel Gasser to complete the line up of HELLFIGHTER. The ten tracks on DAMNATION’S WINGS showcase HELLFIGHTER’S ability to blend intelligent, mature song writing with their Thrash and Metal roots. This album delivers mayhem and melody, power and precision. The opening track “Tower of Sin” sets the mood with a gargantuan opening riff and screaming vocals reminiscent of some of the great classic Metal bands. But this is not an exercise in nostalgia; DAMNATION’S WINGS is undeniably modern. Lumbering, juggernaut epics like “Bring Only Pain,” and, ”Firewalker,” set combat boots stomping, while out and out thrashers like, “Descent” will undoubtedly knock teeth down throats…in the most pleasant way possible of course. The lyrics tackle diverse subjects, including Second World War atrocities, an 18th century murderess and the recent economic collapse. The album was recorded at Backstage Studios, Derbyshire and Viscon Studios, Lancashire. It was mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap at Backstage Studios.
Track 1: Tower of Sin (04:50); Track 2: A Lesser God (05:32); Track 3: Legacy of Hate (04:52);
Track 4: Faith in Lies (04:17); Track 5: Damnation’s Wings (05:25); Track 6: Revolution Within (04:17);
Track 7: Epitaph (05:19); Track 8: Bring Only Pain (07:38); Track 9: Descent (04:58);
Track 10: Firewalker (07:18)