FROM HELL, the new horror heavy metal band featuring George Anderson (a.k.a. Aleister Sinn) on vocals and lead guitar, Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS) on drums, Steve Smyth (NEVERMORE, TESTAMENT, FORBIDDEN) on lead guitar and Damien Sisson (DEATH ANGEL) on bass, will release its debut album, “Ascent From Hell”, on April 8 via Scourge Records.
FROM HELL is the brainchild of George Anderson, the live narrator of this horror story. This project began in 2007 after his previous band DOWN FACTOR — with then-drummer Ramon Ochoa, Brooks Rocco on guitar and Waylon Ford on bass — broke up. Interested in putting a different type of band together that was not involved in politics, George formed FROM HELL to tell horror stories in the vein of KING DIAMOND.
After several lineup changes, during the recording of the first album, George enlisted some amazing players to record with him in FROM HELL. For this debut recording, metal icons Bostaph, Smyth and Sisson were recruited to make this record happen. Also participating in this recording is Phil Bennett of the iconic rock band STARSHIP, playing piano on the track “Dead Reckoning”, and a 22-piece choir, The Pacific Mozart Ensemble, on four other tracks.
“Ascent From Hell” is described in a press release as “diabolically epic, and heavy as Hell! Every song is different from the next covering many genres of metal from thrash metal and black metal to death metal and doom metal. Every song is in some way linked to all of the other songs and when each album starts, they don’t stop until the very end.”
Establishing new ground, this record has the first recorded blast beat by Paul Bostaph, orchestrated with shredding guitar solos from Steve Smyth and heavy melodic and syncopated bass by Damien Sisson.
Produced by George Anderson and Steve “Snake” Green (SKINLAB guitarist), “Ascent From Hell” is a theatrical 70 minutes long with segues in between each song to give additional detail to this horror story. With songs like “The Walking Dead”, “Soul Crusher”, “Nun With A Gun” and “Ascent From Hell”, this record will take you on a heavy metal horror ride to Hell!
As one can imagine, with so many legendary players in its ranks, it is hard to schedule live performances. There is a CD-release/listening party and signing event scheduled for early April in Oakland, California.
FROM HELL will tour the West Coast and select East Coast markets to support the release of “Ascent From Hell” in the summer and fall of 2014. FROM HELL’s show will include a few different guest performers and members of the band who play in other bands will perform as their touring and recording schedules allow.
Visit www.fromhell.net for more information and future tour dates.