Hellion Rising – June 2015
Those who know me will be aware that I’m a huge metalhead! So it’s about time I had another metal band on here. Really proud to have local lads Hellion Rising this month. I caught up with them for a chat about what is going on in the metal scene…
For those who don’t already know can you give us an introduction…
Matt Adamson – vocals
Giovanni Camillo – guitar
Davey Reay – guitar
Kieran Cant – bass
Adam Telford – drums
Based out of Newcastle and Carlisle, we’re a groove metal band, heavy riff driven songs and hopefully a good entertaining live show. – Davey
What got you started as a band?
“Myself and Davey were both looking for a band as we were both on a site called joinmyband at the time. I came across Davey’s add and we got talking. We agreed to meet and have a jam, it went well so we thought, we best get a few more members.” – Gio
How would you describe your music to people? And how has the sound evolved over the years?
“We originally started out with a lot of groove, which is what were known for, but we leaned more towards a classic heavy metal sound. Lots of twin guitar harmonies a-la Iron Maiden. We seemed to go through a bit of a prog stage, 7 minute songs and lots of changes, but now we’re going darker and heavier. Playing in lower tunings and throwing in a few curve ball riffs.” – Gio
Who or what is the biggest influence for the band?
“That is definitely a really hard one, as there is so many different influence s from each one of us. I’d say bands like, Orange Goblin, The Sword, Cathedral, Black Label Society and Pantera are massive influences. I always try to throw a few black and thrash and metal riffs in there. I don’t always succeed, but I may have broken them with the new material we’re working on at the minute.” – Gio
Where does the band name come from?
“It just seemed to fit, we were looking through our iTunes libraries trying to find a song name from a band we love that would work, The Hellion and Judas Rising by Priest combined just seemed to fit and sound right. And it carries on the tradition with Judas Priest’s name coming from a Bob Dylan song. So it could have been worse given my iTunes library and love of gangster rap…” – Davey
What was the pivotal thing that got you into music?
“Metallica, plain and simple! Listening to the Black album for the first time back when I was 16, it opened my ears to a wide range of material that I could never ever live without!” – Adam
With the demise of many popular venues in the region is metal dead in the Northeast?
“Its definitely a shame some of the classic venues have closed. Its hard to put your finger on the problem, there is a definitely a good rock crowd in the area which you see at sold out shows for big name bands, but its a difficult time and people don’t have much spare cash, so its not easy to get people to take a risk on unknown bands. Trillians (GJB: Note: Since this interview was conducted Trillians has announced it is re-re-opening!!) was a bar as well as a venue so could afford to put bands on without charging entry prices which was great. Our biggest show we have booked this year so far in supporting Iron Reagan at Think Tank on July 9th and we’ve had a few good shows there.” – Davey
“Personally, I’ve always found The Brickyard special. When I was around 14/15. I would watch bands play there, and I would dream of playing that venue all the time. It’s my hometown Carlisle, and when we played there it was really special, it meant a lot. Still to this day, it’s one of the highlights of the calendar” – Matt
First record you ever bought?
“Will Smith: Big Willie Style …Still got it and still love it. Fuck the Haters!” – Gio
“The first record I ever bought was a beat up version of Queen 2 on LP. I was stopping with my brother at my Great Aunt at Uncles when I was about ten, and we went to a Carboot sale near Rowlands Gill. I loved Queen, Freddie being a hero of mine, and at 50p it was a steal. It was either that, or five Freddos, and I stick by my choice to this day. I played that record round there house constantly, but when I went home I didn’t have a turntable, so it just hung round my bedroom. I had to re buy it, as that copy got trashed in a flood ” – Matt
Name the album that you’ve played to death?
“There’s loads I could mention, but the one that I have played to death ever since it came out has to The first White Lies album. You probably never expected me to say that, but it’s true. It’s a fantastic, well written first album. Loads of retro 80s goth influence and I’ve always been able to relate to the lyrics.” – Gio
“The two albums I’ve listened to most in recent years are Annihilator’s ‘Set The World On Fire’, that album is very different to their usual stuff, but something just clicked with me and that album, my favourite of theirs by far, Aaron Randall was class on vocals, Snake In The Grass is a highlight of that album. And secondly, Cauldron’s ‘Burning Fortune’, that’s a masterpiece as far as I’m considered. I saw them live a few years back, and they were really off that night, I was devastated after that show for few days. These things happen, people are only human. Regardless I still love the band, and bought their last album, Tomorrow’s Lost, solid album”- Matt
What was the first gig you ever attended?
“To metal things back up a bit the first gig I was at was system of a down at the Glasgow SECC way back when on the Mezmerize tour when I was 14. I couldn’t get a standing ticket so me and a mate hopped the barrier from the seating into standing and ran past security into the crowd. Still possibly one of the best ever gigs I’ve been to, amazing atmosphere and just set such a high standard for all gigs to follow” – Kieran
“The first real big gig I went to was The Red Hot Chili Peppers and James Brown. I’d bunked off school with my friend Jake, boarded a bus ironically which picked up right outside the school and off we went to Manchester City Stadium. It was amazing, but in honesty, The Godfather Of Soul walked all over RHCP that night. And I mean that with respect, as they played an awesome set. Just James Brown, how can you compete with that ?”- Matt
If you could be in any band, past or present who would it be?
“This one is hard, id love to play drums for Cliff Burton there was just something about him, early Metallica when it was raw and thrashy. Id also love to have been in Pantera. The energy they give off is absolutely amazing. Gallows are a similar sort of band. I find it hard to choose down to one but any band where there is that strong driving energy and so much of a bond between them. Rage Against The Machine. Avenged Sevenfold when they still had the Rev with them. Slipknot. Far too many options to get it to one. If I had to pick one gig, that would be the monsters of rock gig in Moscow for Pantera where the domination video was filmed, just seeing the camera looking over that crowd, the line-up, the military there for crowd control. The way Cowboys From Hell kicked in and everybody there went mental. That would be the gig I would play if I could play any.” – Kieran
“I think we’ll all say something different here but for me it’s Kiss. I think their shows would be awesome fun to play!” – Davey
Where is your favourite place to play and why?
“The best venue we have played is Think Tank in my opinion, great sound, good staff, big enough to get people into it and small enough to look absolutely rammed and gets such and atmosphere going in it. Honestly the best venue I’ve played and I always look forward to going back.” – Kieran
If you could play anywhere with any support bands of your choice, what would be your ‘dream’ show?
“I don’t really have a dream show but I would love to go over to America and play there. We have many bands that we love and that we know so it would be hard to take just a few bands to play with! I would love it though if Metallica were just casually in the bar that we are playing in, that would be amazing, especially to me!” – Adam
Best gig memories? and biggest disaster?
“For the first time in three years, I fucked up the intro to possibly our “fans favourite” song. Made a joke of it, so although it was bad people still loved it.” – Gio
“My best and worst feelings came at Hard Rock Hell in 2014. Playing in front of 1,000 people on a bill with Blue Oyster Cult, Queensryche and Diamond Head was an amazing feeling, but as we were setting up to play I was having issues with my effects pedal not working, it was sickening thinking I could wreck it for the rest of the band but luckily some old fashioned “turn it off and on again” a few times got it working.” – Davey
What are your plans for the immediate future and any long term goals?
“I would say our goals for this band is to play big festivals and play with big bands that inspire us. Music is our life, we love playing so I guess this is what we want to do for a living!” – Adam
Who or what is your top tip for local music?
“I would say to any band that it’s all about how much hard work you are prepared to put into your band, that you will only get somewhere if you push hard and make the right connections. Remember its who you know, not what you know!” – Adam
Where can people find out more?
The best places are our Facebook and Reverbnation pages:
We can also be found on Instagram and Twitter.
Catch them playing around the UK at the following…
28th June 2015 – Winston (Les Fest) – Biggar UK
9th July 2015 – Think Tank (Supporting Iron Reagan) – Newcastle Upon Tyne
11th July 2015 – The Cluny – Newcastle Upon Tyne
31st August 2015 – Bannermans (Supporting Martyr) – Edinburgh