Deep in the bowels of hell can be found one of the best underground thrash metal bands from Buffalo, New York. They are wreaking havoc with their bone chilling sound, which takes control over your body, forcing you to headbang and thrash around. In other words, Hellcannon is the demonic puppet master and you are their marionette.
But who is Hellcannon? A bunch of violent, dirty Satan followers? On the contrary, the members are hard-working, driven guys, just trying to live out their dream. To get a better understanding of what Hellcannon is, and who is behind it, Ryan Fiorita explains it all.
Q: Who inspired you?
Fiorita: Bands like Kreator, Megadeth, Exodus, Slayer, etc… These bands wrote some of the most killer records, and I could listen to them over, and over and never get tired of them.
Q: Where did your name come from?
Fiorita: Heh, well… me and Kmuck (the bass player for Hellcannon) had a list of names we came up with when we first started jamming together, and we felt that Hellcannon was the best one out of the bunch. The name came from the game Warhammer.
Q: How long have you been a band?
Fiorita: Hellcannon was created in late 2008, with Kevin Muck on Bass, Joe Leising (formerly of Chickinfist, now in Pig Rectum) on guitar, Nate Hirsh on Drums, and myself on Guitar and lead vocals.
Q: What is the current Line up of Hellcannon?
Fiorita: Kevin Muck (bass), Kevin Gramza (Lead guitar), [myself] (Guitar and vocals), Bryant Morrison (Drums).
Q: What made you want to be in a band?
Fiorita: Listening to the early Metallica records inspired me to pick up a guitar and play metal, but when I listened to the band Kreator for the first time I knew I wanted to be in a thrash metal band and play music as heavy and as fast as they did.
Q: What inspires your lyrics?
Fiorita: Hatred, War, Death.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
Fiorita: We hope to tour in Germany with some legendary bands, and make records that will blow peoples minds.
As a final point, in a society full of misery and woe, music is a great way to influence people to deal with it. Turn up the volume, headbang until you fall to the floor, and just lose yourself.
Interested in their music? Go to their facebook page and download their album “Act of Violence” for free. Don’t forget to check out if they’re playing near you.