If you will, it was Gothenburg's own Helvetets Port who kickstarted the renaissance of
traditional heavy metal in Sweden (and elsewhere). Formed in the early 2000s, their debut
album Exodus To Hell was originally released on High Roller Records in 2009.
The re-issue of Exodus To Hell comes with the Man With The Chains EP as well as the
band's first ever 7" single Metal Strike as bonus material. Singer Tomas (Witchfinder)
explains: "The first Helvetets Port song ever written was 'Heavy Metal Night', in 2000. Then the
two other songs from the single were written in 2003, as well as some that would later end up
on the album. We started recording Metal Strike in 2005 when we had just become a threepiece
There is also a cover version of the song "Highway Rider" by NWOBHM
band Wolf to be found on the re-issue of Exodus To Hell , coming from a NWOBHM tribute
compilation. "That's right," confirms the Witchfinder. "It was originally featured on the
Granbretan Invasion sampler. We are big NWOBHM fans and that's how I started my
journey into the more obscure corners of 1980s heavy metal. Choosing a Wolf/Black Axe song
was partly because we wanted to do a cover by a band that's not active at the moment, in the
hopes of maybe lighting some form of spark. And of course, partly because it's from one of the
best full-length albums ever made."
When Exodus To Hell was originally released in 2009, it was not embraced by everybody, as
Tomas explains: "It was kind of a watershed, a love/hate thing. And more of a people's record
than a reviewers' record. Some people have always thought of us as a gimmick band, simply
because they have no suitable frames of reference, or none at all, when it comes to old,
serious heavy metal. The album's sound still feels good, however, and the song material is
Cat No: HRR727LP
Packaging: LP Regular
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