Lowell, Massachusetts’ Twytch was formed in 1989 and issued a self-titled demo in 2001. The group issued another disc in 2003 before choosing to rename itself Hell Within. This band signed with Germany’s Lifeforce Records. Hell Within lost drummer Joyce before recording a second album. God Dethroned, Byzantine, Nightrage, Epoch Of Unlight, Hell Within and Lilitu comprised the roster of the International Extreme Music Festival North American tour in the autumn of 2005. The five-week trek is scheduled to begin in September. Matt McChesney was out and replaced by Brian Roy in the spring of 2007. The former singer would immediately join The Autumn Offering. Hell Within would release its next album, God Grant Me Vengeance, on July 13th through Thorp Records. The album was recorded in February at Damage Studio with producer Peter Rutcho.
New England crossover band Hell Within threw in the towel in October of 2011. The band was to play a final show on November 11th at the Village Smoke House in Lowell, Massachusetts.
HELL WITHIN - SHADOWS OF VANITY - LIFEFORCE
Do you dig Testament? You prefer to add a pinch of Pantera on vocals? Get ready for Hell Within, which previously was firmly ensconced in the metalcore dustbin, but is attempting redemption with its second album.
Shadows Of Vanity has a clear sound that accentuates the band’s strengths, but unfortunately also brings to light some poppier moments, which are especially in the jovial melodies escaping the lips of singer Matthew McChesney. It is on occasions like this the band is more Green Day and less thrash metal. One is glad for those Pantera-like roars like never before. The solos are also a useful addition as rare as they are as are the very fast linear musical jabs.
Shadows of Vanity - whose cover looks like a decoration out of a morbid supermarket - is not quite as heavy as the band’s last album, but is much better given how it pushes the band away from metalcore territory. The group has supposedly now lost Matt McChesney so the future is uncertain. Nevertheless, Hell Within has fighting chance if it maintains its heaviness whilst losing the trendier aspects of its way of life. - Anna Tergel