Hobbs' Angel of Death

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Hobbs' Angel of Death
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Hobbs Angel Of Death 2013
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Thrash metal
Years active 1987–1996, 2002–present
Labels Modern Invasion, Steamhammer, Def
Members Peter Hobbs
Bo Remy
Luke Anticevic
Matt Skitz Sanders
Past members Mark Woolley
Nick Maltezos
Sham Littleman
Darren McMaster-Smith
Bruno Canziani
Nuclear Exterminator
Philip Gresik
Karl Lean
Dave Frew
Jason Saunders
Rob Molica
Jay Sanders
Brian Sinclair
Jim Sinclair
Elliot Bell
Homa Takalua
James Caldwell

Hobbs' Angel of Death are an Australian thrash metal band that began in 1987 in Melbourne, and are one of the first Australian groups to perform in that genre. They released two studio albums, Hobb's Angel of Death (1988) and Inheritance (1995) before disbanding in 1996. They reformed in 2002 and released a compilation album, Hobbs' Satan's Crusade (2003).

History[edit]

Hobbs' Angel of Death was formed in January 1987 in Melbourne, initially as a solo project for ex-Tyrus guitarist Peter Hobbs.[1] With the help of ex-Nothing Sacred members, Karl Lean (bass guitar), Sham Littleman (drums) and Mark Woolley (guitar), the band recorded two demos, Angel of Death and Virgin Metal Invasion from Down Under, that attracted interest from overseas labels.[1] They are one of the first Australian groups to perform European style thrash metal.[1][2]

In February and March 1988, they were at Musiclab studios in Berlin to record their debut self-titled album, Hobbs' Angel of Death.[3] Produced by Harris Johns, it was released in July on German label Steamhammer Records, and "became a best-seller in Europe".[1] The line-up for the album was Hobbs and Woolley with Philip Gresik on bass guitar and Darren McMaster-Smith on drums. In 1989, Hobbs and Woolley with Bruno Canziani (drums) and Dave Frew (bass guitar) began touring.[1]

A second album, Inheritance was released in 1995, but failed to repeat the success of its predecessor and was an Australia-only release. It was difficult to obtain outside Australia and the band had "emerged from the darkness with a poorly produced second" album. Hobbs' Angel of Death broke up soon after its release.[2]

In 2002, Hobbs reformed the band and released a compilation album of two early demos.[2] The band played a European tour including an appearance at Wacken Festival, and shows with German thrash group Destruction and black metallers Mayhem. In July 2003, keyboardist Talie Helene, despite never having recorded nor played live with Hobbs' Angel of Death, left to form her own band, Stone Maiden.[4] Remaining members were Hobbs, Canziani and Frew.[4]

Although playing traditional style thrash metal, Hobbs described his band's sound as "virgin metal" – a pure form of music.[2] The band signed a record deal with Australian label Modern Invasion Music.

Members[edit]

Current members

  • Peter Hobbs - Guitar, Vocals
  • Alessio "Dog" Medici - Bass
  • Simon Wizen - Lead Guitar
  • Iago Bruchi - Drums

Past members

  • Guitars – Damiano "Idda" Porciani, Luke Anticevic, Mark Wooley, Nick Maltezos, Jason Saunders, Brian Sinclair, Homa Takalua, James Caldwell
  • Drums – Matt "Skitz" Sanders, Sham Littleman, Darren McMaster-Smith, Bruno "Anticros" Canziani, Jarro "Nuclear Exterminator" Raphael, Rob Molica, Jim Sinclair, Elliot Bell
  • Bass guitars – Bo Remy, Philip "Bullet Eater" Gresik, Karl Lean, Dave Frew, Jay Sanders

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Hobbs' Angel of Death (Steamhammer Records SHLP 7006, SPV 85-7525, July 1988)

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Peter Hobbs. 

LP album
No. Title Length
1. "Jack the Ripper"   3:17
2. "Crucifixion"   4:41
3. "Brotherhood"   5:13
4. "The Journey"   3:30
5. "House of Death"   4:12
6. "Satan's Crusade"   4:43
7. "Lucifer's Domain"   4:28
8. "Marie Antoinette"   7:29
Bonus tracks on CD version
No. Title Length
9. "Bubonic Plague"   3:01
10. "Cold Steel"   3:21
Total length:
42:35
  • Inheritance (Def Records, 1995)

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Peter Hobbs. 

No. Title Length
1. "Depopulation"   3:52
2. "Skeptics"   4:40
3. "Revenge"   6:38
4. "Ashes"   3:00
5. "Catalepsy"   5:35
6. "Tutankhamen"   4:42
7. "Dream Killer"   6:12
8. "Final Feast"   3:44
9. "Misled Fortune"   5:42
10. "Forced Fed"   6:42
11. "I Am What I Am"   5:41
12. "Lost Faith"   5:28
13. "Destiny"   9:13
Total length:
71:09

Extended plays[edit]

  • Virgin Metal Invasion from Down Under (February 1987)
  • Angel of Death (November 1987)

Compilations[edit]

  • Demolition - Scream Your Brains Out! (Chain Reaction Records, 1988) - Metal Forces compilation with the songs "Chainsaw Massacre" and "Satan's Crusade"
  • Hobbs' Satan's Crusade (Modern Invasion Music MIM7336-2CD, 2003)[5]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Peter Hobbs. 

No. Title Length
1. "House of Death"   4:07
2. "Crucifixion"   4:45
3. "Jack the Ripper"   3:22
4. "Bubonic Plague"   2:47
5. "The Journey"   3:28
6. "Lucifer's Domain"   4:42
7. "Satanic Overture"   4:40
8. "Chainsaw Massacre"   4:31
9. "Marie Antoinette"   7:15
10. "Liar"   3:18
11. "Satan's Crusade"   4:49
Total length:
47:44

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Hobbs' Angel of Death'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Hobbs' Angel of Death". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hobbs' Angel of Death (sound recording) / Hobbs' Angel of Death". Trove. National Library of Australia. 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Metal news and gossip...". dB Magazine (dbmagazine.com.au) (309). 22 July 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hobbs' Satans Crusade (sound recording) / Hobbs' Angel of Death". Trove. National Library of Australia. 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2011.