Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The history of HELL:ON began in the spring 2005 in industrial city of Ukraine, Zaporozhye. The founders of the band were guitarist Alexey Pasko and drummer Oleg Talanov. After a few rehearsals they were joined by bassist Alexander Sitalo and soon after by guitarist Anton Pavlenko (He left the band in 2009 and Anton Vorozhtsov, current band member, replaced him). Place of a vocalist was tested by several candidates & remained vacant for a long time, as a result Alexander Baev took place of vocalist. The musical material becomes an fusion of thrash, death and progressive metal. From those times band released five full-length albums and played big number of concerts in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Netherlands.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
I think this is mostly Thrash/Death metal with spirit of early 90th. But I think we sounds in quite modern way. Regarding influences, we have rather different taste in music and that’s why our inspiration sources are different. But we all like Slayer, Sepultura, Pantera, Death, old Metallica, Megadeth.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Maybe because everybody needs to discover some new music from time to time, especially if there is metal music from Ukraine? :) I’m sure that Ukrainian metal music not very well known in the metal music world.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
With our latest album we received very good feedback from the Ukrainian fans and European press. Our album «Once Upon A Chaos” was nominated like Best Metal Album 2015 in Ukraine and presentation of new album in Kiev was very successful. Now we think about tour in Europe and Balkans maybe.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Yes, of course. We played several shows in Ukraine with new album already and couple days ago visited Moldova, Chisinau, were we participated indoor festival “Death Morroz Fest” 2016.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We are very active in self-promotion band, very motivated, performing driving and energetic concerts. Our last works are very interesting and with guest appearances of good and talanted musicians like Andy LaRocque (KIND DIAMOND), Marek Pajak (VADER), Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR), Andreas Kisser (SEPULTURA). We can bring a bit of interest due to our country of origin - Ukraine
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Touring I think, maybe we will make new video. And we will start composing new album.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can buy our music here: hellonband.bandcamp.com or visit label’s page: ferrrum.tictail.com/product/hellon-once-upon-a-chaos-2015-cd
You can also visit our official pages: www.hell-on.net, www.facebook.com/HellonOfficial, www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHQOuF2ImRI