West Of Hell
West Of Hell formed in New Zealand in 2002 and spent several years
as an instrumental band honing their craft.
Eventually they decided to move, and they landed in Vancouver,
British Columbia in 2009.
There they found vocalist Chris Valagao, who's got a healthy underground
pedigree with bands such as
The lineup complete, they finally released a debut album in 2012.
This is thrash, through and through, leaning toward the classic 80's style
but not quite in the retro mold of the hordes of new thrash bands.
Valagao has a more powerful voice than many thrash vocalists, and there
is a bit more of a nod toward traditional American classic metal as well.
Though the field is crowded, Spiral Empire
is a solid debut and perhaps
a portend of things to come.
(Mechanism, Zimmers Hole)
- Chris Valagao
- Jordy Knute
- Sean Parkinson
- Jordan Kemp
- Andrew Hulme