Origin: Preston, England  
Genres: Thrash Metal
Page online: August 3, 2014
Last update/review: May 28, 2017


Hellfighter is in some sense a continuation of the mighty Xentrix, who reigned as one of England's top thrash bands during the genre's heyday. This band features two core Xentrix members in guitarist Kristian Havard and drummer Dennis Gasser, as well as vocalist Simon Gordon who appeared on that band's 1996 reunion album Scourge. While there are expected similarities here, Hellfighter is a step in a different direction, trading in the trademark 80's Xentrix thras style for a more midpaced, melodic groove thrash sound, in particular Gordon's vocals are more melodic than the typical thrash bark. Damnation's Wings isn't going to set the world on fire but it's a solid album in a somewhat underrepresented genre.

Xentrix reformed in 2013 and Havard and Gasser are seemingly more focused there as of this writing, though both bands appear to be active.

Last Lineup

Simon Gordon

vocals (Kill II This, ex-Xentrix)

Kristian Havard

guitars (Xentrix)

Pete Smith


Chris Shires

bass (Xentrix)

Dennis Gasser

drums (Xentrix)

Former Members/Guests

Mel Gasser



Damnation's Wings  
2011 Heavy Metal
  1. Tower of Sin
  2. A Lesser God
  3. Legacy of Hate
  4. Faith in Lies
  5. Damnation's Wings
  6. Revolution Within
  7. Epitaph
  8. Bring Only Pain
  9. Descent
  10. Firewalker
  • Simon Gordon
  • Kristian Havard
  • Pete Smith
  • Mel Gasser
  • Dennis Gasser

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