October 31 – Bury the Hatchet (Hells Headbangers)

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October 31

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On 6 October 2014
Last modified:6 October 2014


Old school underground metal to remind us that the mainstream has little to offer.

october 31 - bury the hatchet coverSomewhat of an underground super-group featuring King Fowley (Deceased) and Jim Hunter (Twisted Tower Dire, While Heaven Wept). Both these guys have been associated with many classic underground recordings such as Deceased “Fearless Undead Machines”, While Heaven Wept “Of Empires Forlorn” and Twisted Tower Dire “The Isle of Hydra” which are essential to any collection. The band have been active since 1995 and this is their 4th full length and a follow up to last year’s “Gone to the Devil” ep, which also featured a killer Uriah Heep cover. The album fairly much carries on from the ep blasting out with “Tear ya Down” a metal anthem demanding you listen to the pounding metal and show what you got. There is no reinventing the wheel but more giving the old girl some grease and exhaust boost and sending her cruising again. The songs are packed full of riffs with the influences of likes of Judas Priest all over it. The band are wild and untamed sounding, gritty guitar sounds, bass with a distorted edge nailing down the rhythm in tight conjunction with the drums. There are times when the melodic twin guitars of Maiden come into play, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is as rounded as the aforementioned bands but merely a nod to them. October 31 have more in common with the likes of Savage Grace, Attacker and Exciter than the mainstream giants. Solid heavy metal, make no mistake and a band that deserves more recognition than the likes of the mainstream festivals champion as true heavy metal.

Band Members

King Fowley – Vocals
Brian Williams – Guitars
Matt Ibach – Guitars
Jim Hunter – Bass
Sean Wilhide – Drums
1. Tear Ya Down
2. Bury the Hatchet
3. Down at Lover’s Lane
4. Under my Gun
5. The House Where Evil Dwells
6. Growing Old
7. Gone to the Devil
8. Arsenic on the Rocks
9. Voodoo Island
10. Angel Dusted

Old school underground metal to remind us that the mainstream has little to offer.

About Dave McCallum

Old enough to know better. I have been a metalhead for a long time, I am a lifelong collector of vinyl and cds, the more the better.