Celebrating their 20th year of mayhem, Metal Rocka Recordings’ very own thrash legends Helgrind unleash their fifth LP, Insurrection – a testament to their iron will.
The nine-track album represents a perfect mix of all the band’s influences – with diverse melodic undertows and an aggressive vocal sound, the record carries the ethos of the band to higher statures; charging Helgrind with the determination and brutality that stems from its very roots.
Insurrection sees the first writing collaboration between [vocalist, bassist] Paula Nelson and [guitarist] Si Ellis – with 2008’s Religious Persecution as a starting point; the new foundation and chemistry between the two saw fresh ideas coming thick and fast, catalyzing a rebirth and reinvigoration of the signature Helgrind sound.
“Insurrection feels like a re-visit to the Religious Persecution style for the band but more mature in the composition of the tracks” explains Nelson. “We set our stall out with those previous releases and needed to come back with something that reflects the band’s attitude and the ferociousness of our live show. Insurrection isn’t just about fast music and aggression, we have added thought-out parts and harmonies – and for the old school fans we added Helgrind, the live set finisher.”
The album serves as a demonstration of the band member’s production expertise, with a recording of guitars, bass, and vocals as well as mixing and mastering of the album occurring at the band’s own home facilities. Drums were recorded in Portugal by Arlindo Cardoso. The Insurrection album artwork was created by Indonesian artist Five Milligrams (illustrator for Possessed, Shadows Fall, Napalm Death), who brought Paula Nelson’s concept to life – a demon sitting in the mercy seat, being worshipped by fallen angels; with disciples impaled on spikes and Christ burning on an inverted cross. “You will face this Insurrection” rolled off the tongue once the artwork was created, and the album title was born.
Insurrection (which features singles ‘Massacre The Suffering’ and ‘Bitter End’) is for fans of Kreator, Overkill, Sepultura, Exodus, Sodom and Death – out October 22nd via Metal Rocka Recordings, Cargo Records, and One-Eyed Toad Records.