Excerpt from a press release:
It’s a match made in hell – Heaven and Hell Records have announced that Royal Hell have been signed to the label as they prepare their next album, ‘Second Sight of the Grand Seer’, for release in September.
Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania, Royal Hell grew up in and around the small borough of Exeter in Luzerne County, located between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The four members – vocalist Matt Peppe, guitarist Eugene Pavlico, bassist David Kusma Jr. and drummer Rob Helme – have all played together in previous bands. It wasn’t until 2016 that they would join forces to begin writing the hard-hitting songs that would form their self-released debut album “Higher Court” in 2019.
Trying to place genre parameters around the band isn’t the easiest thing to do, as Royal Hell doesn’t exactly seem to fit into one box. They draw influences from 1960s classic rock, 70s hard rock, and 80s and 90s heavy metal, all of which create a unique sound in the modern wave of 2000s metal hard rock music.
Playing bluesy hard rock songs that transition into faster thrash metal comes naturally since they never sought to limit themselves creatively. Influences from Black Sabbath, Metallica, Misfits and Tool can easily be heard, but that only scratches the surface. When listeners embark on a musical journey with this group, a myriad of sounds and influences emerge when completely overwhelmed.
Getting some buzz in the local music scene helped them land slots of support for Dokken, DRI, Cloven Hoof, and Anti-Flag, to name a few higher-profile shows they played in the area.
Their debut album, “Higher Court”, and the accompanying music video for the title track which premiered on the NEPA Stage earned positive reviews from popular outlets such as Metal Injection, Metal Hammer and BraveWords. Metalized, Northern Europe’s longest-running metal magazine, gave the album a rating of nine out of 10 stars.
“Royal Hell quickly made a name for itself on the local scene with its frenzied beats and melodic choruses. Heavily influenced by the godfathers of 70s metal, this band is both haunting and badass,” wrote Metal Injection.
“Royal Hell is a mix of perfectly integrated styles, impossible to find instantly,” added Métal Intégral.
For the past two years, the band have been working on writing and recording their sequel, “Second Sight of the Grand Seer.” Recorded with engineer Joe Loftus at JL Studios at Olyphant, the album features 12 searing rockers who sink hooks deep into the listener and quickly roll them up in an enigmatic rock soundscape. The fourth track, “Destroyer”, features special guest guitarist Glen Drover of Megadeth and King Diamond.
Royal Hell worships at the altar of rock ‘n’ roll and invites music fans to join in praise.
Heaven and Hell Records was established in 2007 with the goal of releasing quality heavy metal and hard rock albums by up-and-coming new bands, as well as re-releasing lost, rare and cult classics from the 80s and 90s.
“Second Sight of the Grand Seer” Tracklist:
2. black desert
4. Destroyer (with Glen Drover)
5. blood shield
8. hole in my soul
9. hot blooded dreams
ten. Does it matter now?
11. On both sides
12. You must beware
Learn more about Royal Hell, the Camp Rattler crew that shot their music video, and the local metal scene in episode 61 of the NEPA Scene podcast:
Photo by Matt Peppe by Rich Howells/Scene NEPA