West of Hell photo: Daniel Collins

West of Hell brings progressive thrash metal to Kelowna

West of Hell will be in Kelowna April 24

Vancouver’s own West of Hell is bringing their unique heavy metal to Kelowna.

The band has carved out a name for themselves with their progressive thrash metal sound that guitarist, which Sean Parkinson said makes them stand out of the crowd.

“We experiment with different time signatures. Our songs really take a journey rather than sticking to a more basic song structure. We kind of wander off into different sections and then we come back to our more grounded thrash sound. It makes it more fun to play,” said Parkinson.

READ MORE: The ultimate music fan, owner of Milkcrate Records an artery of Kelowna’s music scene

READ MORE: Okanagan Music Rundown: From Kansas Lee to Ancient Engines, your week will be filled with great music

The band has never followed others and West Auckland, New Zealand is where it all started. Drummer Andrew Hulme, Ivan Vrdoljak, and Sean Parkinson started practicing together and soon found a bassist in Jordan Kemp and worked hard to create something unique. In Vancouver they found singer Chris Valago and recorded Spiral Empire, a thrash metal based album that was released in 2012. Vrdoljak and Hulme has since left the band and now Kris Schulz and Paul Drummond have stepped in and the band is more driven than ever to connect with their fans.

READ MORE: Kelowna’s Ancient Engines fueling up to release new music video

READ MORE: “Weirdo indie band,” Sleepy Gonzales comes to Kelowna

Now the band has unleashed their sophomore album, Blood of the Infidel, that demonstrates the dexterity.

“This one we wanted to really explore our progressive side. There are a lot more interesting sections in the songs, they are longer and we explore the darker side of our music,” said Parkinson.

West of Hell will be at Munnin’s Post April 24 as part of their The Infidels Canadian Tour.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@sydneyrmorton
sydney.morton@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Highway 23 North to see construction delays starting this week

BC Hydro is working on a slope stabilization project near Revelstoke Dam

Tim Hortons serves up a thank you to front-line workers

On May 21 the Tim Hortons coffee truck came through Revelstoke

City of Revelstoke expects to stay on budget with $1.5 million roadworks project

Pavement, deep utility maintenance and sidewalks are in the plan for the Lowertown area

Revelstoke schools reopen

The Superintendent said 80 per cent of elementary and 40 per cent of high school students returned

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

High water levels on Shuswap Lake may close popular Canoe Beach

Rain forecast could flood entrance tunnel, city staff to evaluate

189 homes in Grand Forks area given evacuation orders

Homes are in the Nursery, Grand Forks Airport, Gilpin Rd., Johnson Flats and Granby Rd. areas

Summerland man rescued following ATV accident

Helicopters used to transport injured man to Kelowna for treatment

Mother bear and two cubs spotted in West Kelowna

Residents of Shannon Lake are urged to be on the look out for three bears in the area

Social justice advocate yells at Kelowna council, demands presence at Black Lives Matter rally

Heather Friesen has again taken to council chambers to make her opinion heard

Youth filmmakers tackle technology addiction, relationships, cyber-bullying

The Kelowna couple won a grant from Telus STORYHIVE

Vernon videographer captures thunderstorm

See the ‘best bits’ of Saturday’s storm

Most Read