Long Beach, California-based industrial metal outfit Heavenly Trip to Hell (HTTH) recently released their EP, Pumpkin Man.
Talking about the EP, Heavenly Trip to Hell says, “Our new EP ‘Pumpkin Man’ is inspired by the dangers of rock and roll. They are all songs about real life and real tragedy. Because rock and roll can be really dangerous. No money, fast drugs, fast women, fast death.”
Made up of Gerardo Christ (vocals), Sergio Natas (bass), Vicky Vicious (synth, keyboards), Kurt Thompson (guitar), and Jose Soto (drums), Heavenly Trip to Hell’s genesis occurred when brothers Gerardo and Sergio decided the Long Beach music scene needed to add some muscle. So, they began recording and performing compositions rife with elements of hardcore electronic punk, metal, and rock, music influenced by Sepultura and Ministry.
Initially, they played at warehouse parties and raves, followed by graduating to clubs in Orange County and the Sunset Strip, sharing the stage with bands like The Dead Kennedys, Soulfly, Body Count, Transmetal, L.A. Guns, Bang Tango, and Too Short, along with a host of others.
Along with performing throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay, HTTH has toured the country. They appeared in Road Dogs, a documentary by Shane Aquino
Produced by Addasi and mixed and mastered by Brendan Duffey Audio, Pumpkin Man comprises four tracks, beginning with the title track, which opens on dark, thrumming energy supplied by a potent rhythm and growling guitars. Gerardo’s rasping, gravelly voice imbues the lyrics with guttural tones as stuttering guitars pump out hefty washes of sound.
“Vivid Dreams” features snarling, chugging guitars accented by piercing tones. Propelling percussion and a fat bassline imbue the rhythm with Jovian punch, while Gerrardo’s demonic-like rapping flow imbues the lyrics with grimacing tones.
Pulverizing from the word go, “Systematic” throbs and hums with viscous guitars riding a pummeling rhythm, akin to Slipknot, layered spoken word vocals and Gerardo’s blistering, grating timbres give the lyrics searing dynamics.
“Arturo Huizar” travels on heavy, chunky guitars as Spanish lyrics imbue the lyrics with ominous colors. For some reason, this song conjures up suggestions of Megadeth.
Heavenly Trip to Hell has it going on! Hitting hard, their industrial rock sound surges with reckless, swashbuckling oomph.