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Awakened From The Abyss


High Roller Records
Distribution: Soulfood


With their debut album Australian black-thrashers HELLBRINGER have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with; their take on Aussie thrash has been described as “Iron Angel on speed”; doesn’t sound too bad, right? Now four years after the release “Dominions of Darkness” via High Roller Records, the Canberra-based crew has a new full-length album on offer, a slab of thrashing darkness going by the promising name “Awakened from the Abyss”.
With more experience under their belt, HELLBRINGER this time approached the song-writing and recording more consciously than on the previous record – with a great result: “The song writing process was a lot more thought out and focussed. We were going over the songs more, deciding what could be done better, while still keeping the natural flow. It's a lot more vicious and unhinged than ‘Dominion…’, too. We were trying to avoid the generic black/thrash thing which you hear a lot these days.”
There definitely isn’t much that is generic about “Awakened from the Abyss”: The vocals sound aggressive and at times really unhinged, the guitar work is excellent, the bass comes out nicely, and the drums give the songs a relentless thrash drive ; in short, “Awakened…” is yet another journey through time, back to somewhere between 1983 and 1986 – right? “Of course. That was the absolute golden era of thrash!”
Engineering duties for “Awakened from the Abyss” were handled by Tim Duck, who already recorded and mixed the “Horror from the Grave” single. Finnish artist, musician and photographer Samu Salovarra, who has worked for Aktor, Speedtrap, and many more, did the cover artwork. “It is by far the best artwork we've had. The album will look killer. Journeying down into the bowels of hell!”


1. Fall Of The Cross
2. Coven Of Darkness
3. Realm Of The Heretic
4. Iron Gates
5. Spectre Of Rebirth
6. Awakened From The Abyss
7. Dark Overseer


Luke Bennett - Bass/Lead Vocals
James Lewis - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Josh Bennett - Drums

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