Hellkeeper's debut full-length, A World Within Flesh, is out today.
"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... 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."
"The heaviest, most creative and well-thought-out record that I have heard so far this year... A goddamn masterpiece... Turn up those speakers and let Hellkeeper drag you into the void."
"Sure to go down as one of 2017's best-sounding releases... If you're a fan of Trap Them, Rotten Sound, Converge, and the like, then you're gonna want too give this a spin."
"What might happen if early Slayer met up with early Converge..."
"These guys are pissed off; at you, at me, at the world around them... The band is not above throwing out unusual ideas, like the catchy melodic vocals on 'Threadbare'... These little nuances give A World Within Flesh justification beyond a standard blackened hardcore sound."
–Heavy Music HQ
"Equal parts hardcore heaviness and extreme metal forcefulness. Such a combination is hard to master. Hellkeeper are well on their way."
"A bit of the ultraviolence brought to you by a band that should bring in fans everywhere between Rotten Sound and Young And In The Way."
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 the upstate New York band's frontman Paul Butler. His lyrics use literary references to paint pictures of depression: "I utilized ideas from
Hellkeeper plays with Malignancy, March 30th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn.