Cited as a huge indirect influence, and as one of the true founding fathers of occult metal, the band formed in 1982 from the carcasses of UK metal bands RACE AGAINST TIME and PARALEX, whose ‘White Lightning’ EP was listed by Metallica as a favourite, and which was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich ‘NWOBHM ’79 Revisited’ sampler album.
Despite over five years of constant touring, the band was cruelly overlooked by the ’80’s music press, who just didn’t get it. HELL was too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened to understand them. The final crushing blow came when their long-awaited 1986 album deal with Mausoleum collapsed as the label went bankrupt, followed by the tragic suicide of singer/guitarist, Dave Halliday in 1987. The remaining members drew a line in the sand and stopped playing overnight.
A teenage Andy Sneap was a permanent fixture on the front row of almost every show HELL played and was also taught to play guitar by Halliday. He then went on to form Sabbat and become a renowned metal producer. Upon meeting again, the remaining members of HELL - Kev Bower (guitar/keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) talked with Andy about re-recording the old material to release in conjunction with the old demos. With Sneap replacing Halliday on guitar and David Bower (Kev’s brother) on vocals, the band finally recorded their first album “Human Remains” over a 3 year period releasing it through Nuclear Blast in 2011 .
Followed with a European tour as main support to teutonic titans Accept and festival appearances throughout Europe (Rock Hard, Bang Your Head, Summer Breeze, Tuska, Bloodstock, Sweden Rock etc) the band has gone from strength to strength , being voted best festival performance twice at Bloodstock UK and album of the year in Sweden Rock Magazine amongst many accolades.
2013 saw the release of the bands second album “Curse And Chapter” which saw a mix of 50% old 50% new material with David Bower and Andy Sneap now contributing to the song writing with Kev Bower. Meeting critical acclaim across the board .The band also completed a 25 date run throughout Europe and Scandinavia with Amon Amarth and label mates Carcass late that year.
Highlights of 2014 included playing Hyde park in London with Black Sabbath and Wacken Open Air in Germany as well as being added as main support to the mighty Saxon throughout the UK in December and into 2015.
The band have recently signed with Loud Noise Booking Agency in The Netherlands and whilst scheduling festival appearances for 2017 , they are currently writing their third album expected for a 2018 release.