Blanket Hill

Blanket Hill (Metal/Hardcore) - Luxembourg




BLANKET HILL were founded in 2015 in Luxembourg. The five members, Sven, Max, Ornello, Guy and David, mix their influences to create a sound described as a mix of Hatebreed and Slayer, incorporating classic themes of both hardcore and metal while putting a unique twist on it, due to influences ranging between a multitude of genres. After the release of 2015’s “Kaizen” EP which garnered a multitude of great reviews, the band toured Europe, pleasing audiences in countries such as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and the UK for the first time in 2016. After the first batch of UK shows, the band was immediately booked for a second UK tour in October of the same year, due to the great response garnered during the first run. All of this resulted in the band generating quite the following early after their inception. Throughout all the years of being active, the band has also eagerly played many local shows and weekenders across the continent.

In 2017, the band released a new EP entitled “Trenches Of Reality” with the help of British label Negative Reaction Records, to yet again rave reviews and toured Europe immediately after its release, gaining fans in places such as Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. In October 2017 the band embarked on their third UK tour, again to great response.

In 2018, the band once again toured throughout Europe, visiting the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic.

2019 was entirely dedicated to writing a new record, with the first single being rolled out in May 2020. Tours were planned, yet the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled all such endeavours. Once it is safe for all involved, the band will hit the road again.

Having played with bands such as Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, The Ghost Inside, Merauder, No Turning Back, Brutality Will Prevail, Cruel Hand, Jesus Piece, Higher Power and many more, Blanket Hill are restless and relentless, convincing audience after audience of their infectious sound and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.





"Moon Logic" Single Review
The track builds off the bat with some solid guitar work before erupting into a wall of sound that showcases the guitar chops perfectly. When the track hits full stride, there's some serious Shadows Fall vibes with its vocals and riffs. The chorus soars with confidence as the guitars swirl around the aggressive yet melodic vocals. The breakdowns are top notch in their delivery. The ending of the track keeps together the awesome foundation of everything and ups the intensity to 11 as it closes out.

Verdict:
Blanket Hill smash all opposition with their newest single.

-Interview- (4/7/21)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Blanket Hill" and is there any meaning behind it?

Hey, this is David, I sing in Blanket Hill. We started around 2015 after a previous band had broken up. After we set out with Blanket Hill, we quickly wrote an EP just to get some music out so we could get shows. In 2017, we released our second EP “Trenches Of Reality” and I think that’s when we started finding our sound. Our guitar player Max and I started writing most of the music, with a lot of input by our drummer Guy, and it all started making sense from there. I cannot speak for Max, but, when I write songs, I make an effort to not exclude any influences. I think that’s why our music sounds the way it does. Especially now with the singles we released recently (“Granite City Blues”, “Defcon One” and “Moon Logic”) I think we’re where we want to be.

As far as the band name, it’s linked to the Kent State riots against the Vietnam War where a couple students lost their lives after the National Guard opened fire. We’re definitely on the students’ side there.


2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

Obviously we want people to enjoy it. Nothing comes close to the feeling of playing a live show and seeing people go off. However, we try and work topics into the lyrics that are important to us. The world’s not the nicest place at the moment and we’re vocal about that. There’s lots of issues regarding racism, hate towards LGBTQ+ persons and, with the advent of Covid, lots of conspiracy theorists, and we try to be vocal in speaking out against these developments. So our lyrics are very important to us and we’d be happy if someone can take away something from them as well.


3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Somebody once described it to us as “Metallica with breakdowns” which seems accurate hahaha No, but, there’s definitely a lot of heavy metal and hardcore coming together. Not necessarily in the way that modern metal(core) does it. We all appreciate all kinds of music, especially classic rock and rap/hiphop and that certainly has an influence. It’s the Blanket Hill blend.


4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Opening up for Metallica has been a massive dream of mine ever since I first heard “Enter Sandman.” Another really important band for me was Children of Bodom, both as a fan and a guitar player, even if I only sing in Blanket Hill. I’d always wanted to play with them, but sadly Alexi passed away recently, which broke my heart. In more realistic terms, for me personally, I’d love to tour with The Black Dahlia Murder someday. I think their music is great, it’d make sense from a billing perspective and those guys seem super fun.


5. How has Covid affected what you do as a band?

I think we’re in the same position as a ton of bands, not being able to play shows or tour. However, as we’re in different countries due to work/school commitments a lot of the time, not that much changed excluding touring. We made a ton of progress on our first album and I think we’re really to come out swinging once it’s safe to do so.


6. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?

Honestly, there’s so many good bands. A lot of them are overlooked and don’t get the recognition they deserve, but the quality is certainly there. I think Code Orange and Power Trip (RIP Riley!) are two great examples of bands being exposed to greater audiences and gaining massive amounts of fans really quickly once they reach a certain level. That’s quality, pure and simple. Of course there are a ton of bands that sound very similar but I don’t see why people make that out to be a recent phenomenon. I bet the 80’s had a ton of 3rd grade Whitesnake knock-offs that nobody remembers. Just look for the good stuff and it’s there.


6. What’s the current music scene like there in Luxembourg?

It’s small but it’s good. Lots of good metal bands too. There’s no hardcore scene per se, so we tend to play a lot of metal bills when we play locally, which I think is great. Check out our friends in Fusion Bomb, Sublind, Kraton, Falling Serenade, Inhuman Rampage, Legacy Of Atlas, Parity. Mutiny on the Bounty are another great band from the ‘bourg. Outside the metal realm we have a thriving rap scene which is great to see as well.


7. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

Artists should get paid more. Obviously, everyone wants a piece of the piece, but without the music, there’s no music industry and so those in charge of making the music should get the biggest slice. Hopefully, the recent pressure on streaming services will bring change.


8. What’s next for Blanket Hill?

Release an album, tour extensively and get that Metallica opening slot hahaha Seriously though, we’re working hard on our record so hopefully we can release that and have a couple nice tours to go along. We’d love to play the US and Japan, so hopefully we can make that happen as part of that. To quote the late, great Pop Smoke: Aim for the stars, shoot for the moon.


10. Any shoutouts?

Absolutely. Firstly, to all the homies in the ‘bourg, 542 Crew and all our friends in Germany. Paul Collier and the UK connection, Masha in Czech Republic. All the bands we’re down with. And check out Kruelty from Japan, hardest band going at the moment.