Band leaving its mark on Europe

Kevin Bower
Kevin Bower

A PAIR of Ilkeston brothers are having to adjust to stardom as they celebrate a clutch of awards and accolades for their band’s new album and summer festival appearances.

Rockers Kevin and David Bower of heavy metal band Hell have wowed audiences across the UK and Europe, topping the Best Mainstage Performance poll at Derbyshire’s world famous Bloodstock festival along the way.

Lead guitarist and keyboard player Kevin, of St Andrew’s Drive, said he was in disbelief over the band’s rollercoaster ride to the success.

“Walking out onto a massive festival stage a thousand miles from home, and seeing this ocean of people wearing our t-shirts, singing all the words to our songs in foreign accents is a totally surreal experience,” he explained.

Since Hell’s album Human Remains was released in May, it has received rave reviews, reaching number 12 in the German national charts and the coveted Album of the Year award in Rock Hard magazine, read by millions of rock fans across the continent.

Kevin added: “Our music has really connected with people who just love the fact that we’re so different from anything else out there.

“They also love the whole over-the-top, theatrical lunacy of our live performance. Some of the fan queues for our signing sessions have to be seen to be believed.”

New Year’s Eve 2011 will see the band perform a homecoming show at MFN in Shipley Gate. Tickets are available from the venue, the band’s website at www.hell-metal.com or from promoter Russ Saxton at Zebra Muzik in Nottingham Road, Ilkeston.

Before that the band will be playing shows in London, Stockholm and Athens, followed by a tour of Germany and Switzerland in December. Tours of the USA and Japan are in the pipeline.

Kevin, who works as a joiner as his day job, added: “It’s hugely rewarding, but still a little scary.”

The band was formed in 1982 but disbanded in 1987 after the tragic suicide of original singer David Halliday. They reformed to re-record their 80s material with David Bower on vocals.