Spear­head­ing the next wave of Amer­i­can riff wor­ship

Metal Hammer (UK) - - New Noise - WORDS: DOM LAW­SON

You know a

band have hit the tar­get when their riffs make you want to run through a brick wall. Formed in Colom­bia but res­i­dent in Austin, Texas, since 2008, Headcrushe­r have sev­eral wheel­bar­rows full of riffs like that. Fly­ing the flag for un­com­pro­mis­ing mod­ern metal, they are also keen to con­firm that there is much more to the Lone Star State than Stet­sons and Dime­bag.

“Ob­vi­ously, lots of peo­ple im­me­di­ately think about Pantera when they think of Texas, and we love Pantera!” laughs front­man Kike. “But there’s way more than that in Texas. The thrash scene is vi­cious, death metal here is bru­tal and then you can find any­thing you want across the ex­treme metal spec­trum. We’ve felt a lot of warmth from the scene since we came here.”

With a sound that echoes the in­tri­cate grooves of mod­ern metal heavy­weights Lamb Of God while never stray­ing from a no-non­sense, no-pris­on­ers path of flat-out, crusty in­ten­sity, the new Headcrushe­r al­bum of­fers a much­needed slab of un­pleas­ant­ness at a time when many bands are aim­ing for pol­ished per­fec­tion or in­of­fen­sive sheen. Mu­si­cal urges aside, the vein-pop­ping fury that pow­ers the likes of Seis­mal and A Plague Upon Us is driven by the band’s own, real-life bouts of tur­bu­lence and tra­vails.

“The last cou­ple of years were a time of tur­moil for most of us,” Kike ex­plains with a sigh. “We went through a cou­ple of near-death ex­pe­ri­ences, some of us lost our jobs, there were some sep­a­ra­tions from friends and loved ones. You know, life be­ing life… it was a mess! And I be­lieve it’s all re­flected in the al­bum, in or­der to make some sort of cathar­sis and take those demons out.”

De­spite their Dark

in­spi­ra­tions, Headcrushe­r are, at heart, a balls-out ex­treme metal band with big am­bi­tions. With plans to hit the road with a vengeance this year, po­ten­tially

(we’d say hope­fully) in­clud­ing a de­but trip to Europe, Kike and his co­horts are hell­bent on liv­ing the dream, even if things hap­pen to get a lit­tle weird along the way.

“Some­times I feel we’re in con­stant Spinal Tap mode,” laughs the singer. “One show I par­tic­u­larly re­mem­ber is play­ing on a back pa­tio with an enor­mous tree right in the mid­dle which had a huge bee­hive [on it].

The promoter had to call the fire de­part­ment to bring it down. Then, the sound­board was in­side a gi­ant chicken coop! It was a great show, though. The crowd went nuts!”



Headcrushe­r: more cow­boys from hell, right on cue

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