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HEAVEN SHALL BURN

AUSTRALIAN METAL LEGENDS HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH ARE BACK WITH A VITRIOLIC ASSAULT OF PURE METAL. LEADER PETER HOBBS TELLS TERRORIZER HOW HE CONTINUES TO FLY HIS METAL FLAG ACROSS THE GLOBE

HOBBS ANGEL OF DEATH

Back in 1987, former Tyrus frontman and mainstay of the Melbourne metal scene, Peter Hobbs took inspiration from what was his – but definitely not only his – favourite thrash metal opus to guide the formation of his own thrash outfit. Christened Hobbs Angel Of Death, the vocalist/guitarist quickly found himself at the forefront of thrash metal down under after a couple of highly cherished demos scuttled their way through tape trading hands and a deal with Germany’s Steamhammer Records. Said label brought the band to Berlin to record and within a year released their self-titled debut, an album notable for its musical content as well as an artist’s rendition of Peter (and only Peter) gracing the cover. Praise quickly bubbled over at home and abroad, with Britain especially taking notice via blaring trumpeting from then-heavy metal bible, Metal Forces. Despite the groundswell of support for their blackened thrash before it was called blackened thrash – think a combo of Dark Angel, Possessed and, shockingly enough, Slayer – things went tits up due to a combination of geographical isolation, lack of monetary support, spotty tour schedule, the business and logistical inexperience of the international metal network at the time and members not living up to Peter’s expectations and work ethic. A second album was released in Australia only in 1995, but the less said about ‘Inheritance’ the better, a sentiment agreed upon by all involved as the band dissolved shortly thereafter.

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There are only a handful of bands that I absolutely love, have really made a massive impact in my life and, ultimately, don’t let me down when it comes to live shows, recordings or attitudes to life. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of those bands and it’s an honour to have them grace the cover for the second time while I steer the good ship Terrorizer. I have fond memories of TDEP – from the first time I Interviewed them for another metal magazine in their early days, right through to the last show I recently saw of theirs at the Old Blue Last in London at the tail end of the Summer. Always faultless, it’s safe to say they are going out on a high and while few bands will ever step up to the plate like Dillinger do every night, their legacy and recorded output will last forever, and for that we should be thankful. Kevin Stewart-Panko first interviewed them for these sacred pages, so it was only right that he should interview them one final time. I hope you enjoy his (and the bands’) words and do crank out their new album at the same time – it’s nothing short of breathtaking. Until next month… Darren Sadler
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