Interview by Ali Blackdiamond
Legendary English metallers HELL began their career in 1982 and never quite achieved the recognition they so deserved back then.
But luckily the band resurrected themselves from the flames back onto the metal scene with the release of their album “Human Remains” in 2011. The album features new recordings of HELL classics from the 1980’s. Since the album’s release, HELL have gained a massive following and have played many shows throughout Europe.
The band last played at Bloodstock two years ago and made a dramatic comeback on their home soil, giving the fans one of the most memorable performances of the weekend.
Metal Shock Finland‘s Blackdiamond caught up with drummer Tim Bowler and guitarist Andy Sneap after their spectacular show on the Ronnie James Dio stage. You can read a few excerpts from the conversation and check out the interview either on the audio player or video below (the video has a little missing from the beginning):
When asked about the new HELL album being recorded, Andy stated:
“We’ve got seven songs recorded so far. I start on Monday with Dave doing vocals on those. There’s a couple of songs we’ve still got to sort out arrangements. There are four or five older songs that we’ve revamped from the ’80’s and the rest is all new stuff.”
“There’s some really good new stuff, it’s really exciting. It’s a darker album than we’ve done before. It’s more interesting, I think it’s just moved on.”
Andy went on to talk about the album release:
“The label are working towards November 4th. I think the album will be with them by the end of August, beginning of September. The tour [Defenders Of The Faith] starts November 6th, so the whole point is to try and get it out for that tour.”
Discussing his role as a producer, Andy said the following:
“I’ll be in the studio till 2am! I’ve always been really picky with things – back when I was playing with SABBAT I was always sat at the producers shoulder, telling him what to do and I didn’t even know what I was doing then! I think I’m a bit of a control freak to be honest.”