HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH - Heaven Bled LP
The long-awaited comeback album of HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH, Heaven Bled. Helmed by one relentless maniac named Peter Hobbs, HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH are one of the more unsung cult favorites of '80s metal. Hailing from Australia many years before it was cool to do so, the band released two classic demos in 1987, Angel of Death and the telltale Virgin Metal Invasion From Down Under, before time came for the inevitable debut album. That album, 1988's Hobbs' Angel of Death, was released by Steamhammer during the label's glory years, and quickly found a devoted legion of fans enthralled to HOBBS' Kreator-meets-Dark Angel style of deathrash. With a unique charisma that was devilishly gleeful in a sense, Hobbs' Angel of Death sired the band's self-tagged "virgin metal," which worked in both connotations of the word. It would be many years before a follow-up, 1995's Inheritance, and the band broke up not long after.
Come 2002, however, HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH would re-form and play a number of European festivals and scattered tour dates over the next decade, but aside from the Hobbs' Satan Crusade compilation of the two demos, no new material had yet arisen. But now, courtesy of longtime fans HELLS HEADBANGERS, the first all-new recording of HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH in over two decades has finally come to pass. Titled Heaven Bled, this 12-song firestorm of thrashing death metal ("deathened" thrash?) proves that time has not dulled Peter Hobbs' passion one bit nor do the band once rest on their laurels. Much like ATOMIC AGGRESSOR's Sights of Suffering - which HELLS HEADBANGERS released to widespread acclaim in 2014 - Heaven Bled is undoubtedly infused with HOBBS' classic past, but is recast in a powerfully streamlined manner where the songwriting and execution take center stage and rawness and youthful enthusiasm are no longer the guiding principles. There's demonic fury in abundance, but it's tempered with the quiet confidence of age and wisdom, through which Hobbs LOUDLY casts his incisive gaze on a whole host of subjects, each one more vitriolic (and catchier) than the next. Altogether, Heaven Bled is a timeless blend of extreme metals throughout the ages, sounding as fresh as HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH's explosion onto the international scene in 1987.
A statement from Peter Hobbs reads: "With HOBBS' new album, I've trIed to cater for a wider majority of metal lovers, giving a variety across the board with old-school feel and arrangements, but with a mature HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH outlook. I'm sure many will find it an enjoyable album to listen to, showing my writing skills on the new album and giving back to the industry some of the great influences that have won me over the past lot of years. I've been fortunate enough to have met some of the greats I have the utmost admiration for, and it's a honor for me to hear it in return. I've met people through my travels, and especially one that I felt so overwhelming to hear that my now-cult album of 28 years ago actually saved someone from committing suicide, and they thanked me for my music, that it pulled him through that rough time! I know that I can't please everyone, but I have given this new album my heart and soul to accomplished another cult album in years to come!"
About the upcoming USA tour this August and September, Hobbs says, "HOBBS' ANGEL OF DEATH toured the USA in 2014, and it was long overdue indeed. We had some great shows, and I thank Ed Farshtley of Wendigo Productions for making it all possible. Of course, we played all the old tunes and played a lot of the forthcoming album's tunes, and the songs were accepted very well, and by halfway through the tour, I was playing both albums, which led me to return by public demand. So, in August and September, HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH return to the US once again, this time to promote the new album. I'm so looking forward to it and catching up with my fans again; I've always put myself second, because without my fans, there is no HOBBS. So, a massive hails to you all worldwide and see you all soon!"