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Wayward comes, and Gehenna will know their mark. They're geared up, full on gas, and ready to leave a trail of burning rubber all the way through the nine circles. The Leipzig-based group (featuring members of Deathrite) specializes in leather-clad heavy metal not concerned with subtlety, dynamics, or dawdling introductions. Their self-titled debut full length hits the world in a few weeks, but we're exclusively streaming the music video for the track "Hellride" now. Stock up on your favorite vice and dive on in.

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As scenes of motorized mayhem roll past the screen, the hoarse vocals and classic guitar riffing spark long-buried thoughts of the first time I heard Mötörhead and Venom blasting from the speakers in darkened bars between sets -- that same sheer reckless energy is prioritized over the nuances that other varieties of early heavy metal pursued. When there's a guitar solo here, it's because it sounds cool, not because it completes a musical motif or facilitates a key change.

Wild abandon, often tragically eroded in studio efforts, is the unmissable, clattering engine that propels Wayward forward and keeps the action-packed songs burning bright.

The rough-'n'-tumble feeling on "Hellride" is pervasive: you can just about hear the whiskey seeping from the glowing tube amps and sweat-drenched drums that produced it. Really, the music video accompanying it is best watched in a smoke-hazed basement on a classic CRT television. And, if the situation allows, you should definitely chug a beer in your garage before checking Wayward out, for authenticity of course.

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Wayward releases May 28th via This Charming Man Records.
Regarding "Hellride," the band says:

Hellride is the first song we've ever written and it wraps up the whole story of playing in a rock and roll band. It's simply 'one hell of a ride!'

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