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Montreal, QC – August 14, 2018
For fans of Clutch, Down, Black Sabbath, Sleep, Pantera, Monster Truck, Metallica
Eastern Canada’s HITMAN Prepares To Release 3rd EP “The Offering: Side 1” September 14th
L-R – Sylvain Coderre -Drums, Corey Norman – Guitars, Andrew Coutts – Bass, Jordan Rose – Vocals – Photo Credit = Emily Wilkins
From the rocky shores of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, HITMAN have been conjuring up their next EP “The Offering: Side 1” set to be released on September 14th, 2018. This will be the third EP from the whisky infused, stoner groove rock quartet and it is sure to be a hit among a wide range of listeners who are currently fans of Black Sabbath, Pantera and Sleep. Offering a sound that is familiar to the genre, but still refreshing and creative, HITMAN is poised to continue proving why they are one of Canada’s best up and coming acts that has been gaining notoriety by playing hundreds of gigs along with festivals plus whom were once endorsed by Rob Halford of Judas Priest when he wore a Hitman T-shirt onstage during a performance in Halifax in 2015.
Created for fans looking to hear sweet riffs, well thought out melodies and an overall groovy sound, “The Offering: Side 1” has fast songs, slow songs and embraces different lyrical themes throughout. Vocalist Jordan Rose explains how the first single “Nero” came to fruition:
“When I’m stuck for lyrics, the other guys in the band will sometimes throw out some pretty ridiculous ideas. Like once, Corey, our guitarist, said if I didn’t write lyrics for a song soon he was going to write them about werewolves. So, I actually researched werewolves just for the hell of it and found that stories of werewolves date back to ancient Rome. Then in turn, that lead to a song being about Nero, the Roman emperor, being like a werewolf.”
With a wide variety of ideas, and the professional musicianship to go along with it, HITMAN is focused on bringing their high energy stoner rock to the masses through both their recorded music and live shows where they have supported bands like Sum 41, New Found Glory, Silverstein, Metalian, Zaum, Skull Fist, The Agonist, Black Wizard, Diemonds, and Black Moor. “The Offering: Side 1” will be followed up by “The Offering: Side 2” slated for release in 2019.
Their first single “Nero” can be heard on the following platforms.
EP pre-order available at https://hitmanhalifax.bandcamp.com.
Aug 24 – Halifax, NS – Gus’ Pub – (EP Release Party) – info – w/ Black Moor, Lionsault and Diner Drugs
1. Curtain Call (2:03)
2. Under the Weight (5:27)
3. Nero (4:42)
4. Enchanted Wizard/ Hail The Outro (5:20)
EP Length: 17:34
Album and Live Line Up:
Jordan Rose – Vocals
Corey Norman – Guitars
Andrew Coutts – Bass
Sylvain Coderre – Drums
Playing an energetic brand of stoner metal guaranteed to get your blood pumping and headbanging, Hitman have been unleashing their unique whiskey rock assault since 2011. Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, they have been gaining notoriety by playing hundreds of gigs along with festivals.
Sylvain Coderre (drums) started the project initially and reached out to long time friend Jordan Rose (vocals) to see if he’d be interested in fronting the band, who was followed by Andrew Coutts (bass). A week before their debut tour the band found themselves short on members so Corey Norman (guitars) stepped in, learned the setlist in a week, they hit the road with the solidified lineup.
With musical influences ranging from Black Sabbath to Pantera to Sleep, Hitman coins themselves as high energy, whiskey infused, stoner rock keen on punching out hard rock riffs.
“We’re a stoner band who drinks too much and loves to party. So the roots of sludgy stoner rock are there but the booze fuels some more up-tempo songs. Basically we just want fans to enjoy the music and live shows as much as we enjoy making the tunes and performing.” quips vocalist Jordan Rose.
In 2013, Hitman performed at the inaugural Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Fest in Nova Scotia, Canada and released their debut EP “Whiskey Downfall”. In 2014, they returned to the festival as headliners and dropped the second EP “The Preacher” which was re-released in 2015 with a bonus track. Continuing on this momentum, Hitman won their way to play at Warped Tour 2016 in New York through contest held by Live 105 FM. That year they also returned to headline the Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Fest again.
With 3 EPs under their bullet belts, they continue to conjure a blend of stoner rock that is both familiar and fresh. With new music in the cauldron, “The Offering: Side 1” EP planned for release in 2018 followed by “The Offering: Side 2” in 2019.
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“”The Offering Side 1″ is their third ep and quite possibly, their best. While executing the same energy they bring to their live show this recording easily demonstrates why Hitman are among the premier heavy bands coming out of Atlantic Canada right now. From the opening riff of “Curtain Call” to the end of “Enchanted Wizard/Hail The Outro” this EP kicks ass and keeps the energy high without repeating itself. Each song contains a perfect blend of raspy yet melodic vocals, blistering guitars and great songwriting.” – Bill Aresnault – Mettalworx
“So I’ve had the privilege to sit down with the new Hitman EP, and here’s what’s up. The boys hit back full throttle with their trademark take on Heavy Metal, which delves with influences from a couple generations of the genre for a unique sense familiarity; yet sounds fresh and engaging. With a riffing style that could almost be described as Pantera meets Black Sabbath, vocals that ring, to me, as a James Hetfield/Phil Anselmo hybrid; furthermore with a melodic sense that strongly reminds me of Thin Lizzy. On top of that, with a superb production job that captures all these vibes on point that will melt your ear holes. Hitman cover all the bases adding their individual touch along the way bringing their strand of ‘Heavy Fucking Metal’ to the Maritime scene. Looking forward to Pt. II of the EP at a later date!!” – Travis Macleod