Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
We formed out of the ashes of our previous band Neon Bitches. I played bass in that with John and Brian. Those two guys played prior to Neon Bitches with Badger in the band Straight To Hell. It just made sense to have Badger come back to sing as we all have known each other for many years for hell bent. I have now switched to second guitar as I write a lot of material and my friend Sam has been on bass for the last few months. We have a good dynamic as friends and musicians, which makes it work very well.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
It is a form of ‘crossover,’ but not necessarily in a DRI/Accused/Cryptic Slaughter kind of way, although some of us love those bands it’s only crossover in the sense that it blends an unintentional mix of heavy genres.
We all grew up on heavy music and have played in a variety of bands with varying styles, so the style of hell bent comes together quite easily. I personally listen to a lot of Black Metal and Swedish style Death Metal, I think we can all agree on old school stuff like Slayer, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Possessed, etc…but also a lot of Scandinavian and Japanese D-Beat and fast Hardcore Punk, which remains evident at times in our writing. On that note, I am loving the new Wolfbrigade LP! Best thing they’ve done since they were Wolfpack.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
If shtick-less and pretention-free old school death/black metal/thrash/dbeat/hardcore punk have fit into your life at some point hell bent may appeal to you. I would like to think we were our influences on our sleeves, so hopefully people see and hear that.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
So far we have just released this EP. The feedback/reviews have been excellent for the most part. The only complaint is that it’s on the short side, but it speaks of the genre and hopefully will make listeners want more.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We do. It’s been great. In 2017 we played with some amazing bands and for some great people. The metal scene in New England/Northeast is flourishing.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We all have a lot of years of playing under our belts collectively and together so this is not a fly by night affair. Brian our drummer is the founding/current drummer of DROPDEAD. Badger was the vocalist for Ulcer / Paindriver / Straight to Hell, and even did some vocals on the Agoraphobic Nosebleed side of the split with Cattle Press. John and myself have played together in a few bands as well, but would rather have our current music speak for itself regardless of anything we’ve individually done in the past, as I think we’ve turned this into a pretty exciting new project.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We have enough new material for a full length, so that would be first and foremost. We would love to do an LP release. Secondly continuing to play shows and hopefully get on some larger festivals in 2018.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
On our bandcamp page: https://hellbentri.bandcamp.com/releases