Chilean blackened thrash act Hellish is streaming the new song "The Walker of Shadows," which is available in the player above. The song appears on the sophomore full length " The Spectre of Lonely Souls," which will be released on July 27th via Unspeakable Axe Records. Grab your copy now, as pre-orders can be made at this location.
Many continents can lay claim to being formative breeding grounds for various pieces of the extreme metal puzzle, but perhaps none were such a melting pot as South America in the 1980s. Bands in Brazil, Chile, and other countries pushed thrash metal to its limits until it blurred into what would later be known as black and death metal, and dressed the whole thing in extreme expressions of occultism and hellfire.
With that bed of influence bubbling beneath them, modern-day thrashers Hellish make perfect sense: tightened and refined (but only barely), without diminishing any of the speed-freak tendencies or punkish intensity of their predecessors, and certainly no less devoted to the left hand path.
Coming out of Santiago, Chile in the 2010s, Hellish previously made believers out of thrash fans worldwide with the Unspeakable Axe-released debut "Grimoire." Only two years later, the follow-up album manages to out-pace and out-riff what came before. Classic speed metal-style riffs cut through an atmosphere of evil worthy of Bathory or Possessed - this is formative stuff, once again splashing around in the dark murk between thrash and black metal, and even straight-up heavy metal in the occasional, surprisingly melodic lead parts. But make no mistake: Hellish worships at the twin altars of evil and velocity, and "The Spectre of Lonely Souls" is a sermon strictly for the already-converted.
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
2. The Night
3. Scream Comes From Inside
4. The Curse Upon Us
5. Souls of Desolation
6. Only Death
7. The Walker of Shadows
9. Bloody Tales