Hostile - Hypnotic Regression (Self Released)
As the saying goes, “everything is bigger in Texas.” For Dallas area metallers Hostile that statement couldn’t be more fitting. Riff heavy and hell bent the quartet came together in late 2007 when the Martinez brothers (singer JR and guitarists Sebastian and Zakk) played their first show as a cover band to a few hundred people. The band went down a storm and it was then and there that the trio knew they had to continue on the path they had just laid for themselves.
Second vocalist, Nestor Acosta, joined in 2009 with bassist Chris Lafuente and drummer Robert Goss coming aboard in 2012 and 2014 respectively, with guitarist Zakk Martinez also exiting the band in mid-2014. By this time, Hostile were heavily involved with writing their own material and headlining some of the top venues in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area. The band branched out to other Texas markets as well as Oklahoma, steadily building a powerful following in any town they visited, sharing the stage with bands like 3 Inches of Blood, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy. In 2014 they hit the road for a short run with Mobile Deathcamp. February of 2016 saw Zakk Martinez return to the fold - this time as a drummer - as they teamed up with local heroes Drowning Pool for a month long run across Texas and the Deep South before heading to New Hampshire to take part in the Laconia Bike Fest, alongside the likes of Sevendust, Buckcherry, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent and others.
Amidst the tours and honing their material night after night across stages throughout Texas and neighbouring states, Hostile decided to take time to concentrate on studio work, whittling down their repertoire to their four strongest songs at AudioScience Laboratories with engineer and producer Rob Swarthout, laying down what would eventually become Hypnotic Regression. (with Goss behind the kit for the sessions)..
Hypnotic Regressionis a neck breaking affair, showcasing a range of styles, including thrash, groove and traditional power metal allowing Jr Martinez and Acosta to stretch themselves vocally and Sebastian Martinez to build riffs and throw out solos influences by the likes of Savatage, Crimson Glory and King Diamond, amongst others.
Opening with the take no prisoners riffing of “Broken,” the track is a song about fighting back against the abusers and the bullies of the world. “Demons” touches on dealing with one’s inner beast and who we may be turning into. “Through the Eyes of the Wicked” was actually written on the way to rehearsal and encourages you to get rid of those who tie you down and force feed you nothing but lies, while Ep closer and title track, “Hypnotic Regression” opens with an impressive bass solo from Lafuente before throwing you straight into the pit of hell with an all out assault led by sticksman Robert Goss. A very personal song for Acosta the intensity of the track is reflected, not only in the savage riffing but in the song’s lyrical content as it deals with losing a close friend to heroin.
Hypnotic Regressionis proof that a band can write riffs intended to rip your head off while delivering a positive message to their audience.