Hellshot are: Adam Ames (guitar), Daryl Kral (drums), Saul Colon (vocals), Otto Hoering (bass).

The second time I saw Hellshot, they totally blew me away. The first time…eh, not so much.

Hellshot is a local NYC thrash band that has been around since 2009. Nothing was wrong with the band’s original lineup, but when vocalist Gary Miller left the band to devote more time to his family, Saul Colon took the band in a whole new (and frankly, much better) direction. The debut album, The Path Of Least Existence (available on iTunes for those interested), sounds much more hardcore (not that there’s anything wrong with that) in the studio than at a show, and Colon makes all the difference. I could hardly believe it was the same band when I saw them at The Local 269 downtown.

Not that the other musicians aren’t super talented (it’s really obvious that they are, even if you watch a live performance video with lackluster sound), but the new vocalist has transformed Hellshot from a band I’ll see “if I can make it out and there’s nothing going on and I’m not too tired” to a band I would and likely will blow off other events to see. They’re playing in Queens on the 28th (more details here) and if I weren’t leaving the country, I’d be there with bells on. Go see them for yourselves!

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