"An early contender for my top of 2017 list... A prime example of where the hardcore genre should be today. Genre-bending with a multitude of outside influences ranging in black metal, melo-death, crust, and even shoegaze... An epic ride."
"Hellkeeper are explosive. Their blackened hardcore sound has earned them comparisons to Rotten Sound, Deathspell Omega, and even Converge. Flashes of each band can be heard but Hellkeeper is still able to set themselves apart."
"A thunderous mixture of blast beats, distorted vocals, and pulverizing breakdowns. Ghastly and savage, Hellkeeper hit all the right notes in the song of our dark, dark souls."
"Feral rage! From beginning to the end, this band is on a mission to fuck up the world with an all-out attack on the listener's ear drums."
"What might happen if early Slayer met up with early Converge..."
These blackened hardcore phenoms from upstate New York pack a metric ton of passion and vitriol into A World Within Flesh's nine songs, earning comparisons to Trap Them and Rotten Sound. Glorious clean vocals shine through in a few spots, most notably on "Threadbare." Metal Injection's Frank Godla names the album "an early contender for my top of 2017 list" and "a prime example of where the hardcore genre should be today."
Out this Friday, April 7th, A World Within Flesh was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios (Coheed and Cambria, Bad Brains, Team Sleep).
"The album is about wanting to live in a dream world because reality is too painful," says frontman Paul Butler. His lyrics use literary references to paint their pictures of depression: "I utilized ideas from Hamlet and Don Delillo's White Noise, among other books."
Hellkeeper plays with Malignancy, March 30th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn.
Photo by Dylan Kaplowitz