“Hellbent Gate” will be many listeners’ first exposure to Trench but it certainly won’t be their last. The latest single from the Calgary unit’s upcoming Blossom LP, “Hellbent Gate” has all the hallmarks of a banger metalcore track—including a feature from Misery Signals vocalist Jesse Zaraska.
Trench don’t waste a second, leading with slow, menacing riffs and vocalist Jay Breen’s pissed-off vocals before picking up the pace just long enough to slow it back down. Zaraska’s vocals are a welcome addition in the second half of the song; his higher voice is a refreshing complement to Breen’s low growls.
There are clear comparisons to Left Behind, Jesus Piece and Vamachara along with classic groups like Integrity, and for good reason. Trench are an example of a metalcore band that becomes something greater by incorporating extreme metal and hardcore / punk into their sound.
“‘Hellbent Gate’ is a representation of Trench in its rawest, most unrelenting form,” guitarist Cole Young explains. “We are also very honored to have had a huge inspiration of ours, Jesse Zaraska of Misery Signals, lend his voice to the song. ‘Hellbent Gate’ is the second single off of our new LP, Blossom, and it will take you on a sonically engaging exploration that stretches the boundaries of metal, hardcore and everything in between.”
Stream “Hellbent Gate” below and then head to Trench’s Bandcamp to hear “Living in Salt,” the first single from Blossom. Be on the lookout for the self-released full length later this year!