Hellevate – Krampusnacht
For fans of Exodus, Heathen, Iced Earth,Sanctuary, Forbidden
Release Date: Dec 23, 2019
EP Title: Krampusnacht
Release Date: Dec 23, 2019
1. Krampusnacht (6:58)
2. If You Want Peace… (0:43)
3. Prepare for War (4:25)
EP Length: 12:07
• All songs performed by: Hellevate
• All songs written by: Hellevate
• Produced by: Joshua Cole and Dan Whitmer
• Mixed by: Joshua Cole
• Mastered by: Joshua Cole
• EP Artwork by: Karl Dahmer
EP & Live Band Line Up:
Erik “Jager” Schmutzler – Vocals
Dan “Danöwar” Whitmer – Guitar
Josh “The Boss” Cole – Guitar
Zack “The Ripper” Burke – Bass
RJ “Machine Gun” Whitmer – Drums
2019 – Krampusnacht (EP)
2018 – Last of the Hell (single)
2016 – Weapons Against Their Will (LP)
2014 – Kill Confirmed EP
2012 – Hellevate (LP)
Shared Stage with:
Danzig, Exodus, Primal Fear, Overkill, Destruction, Tyr, Morbid Saint, Unleash the Archers, Exmortus, Jag Panzer, Kreator, Accept, Venom, Inc.
Tours and Festivals:
2014 – West Texas Death Fest – Amarillo, TX
2015 – Summer Stench – Kansas City, MO
2016 – Weapons Against Their Will tour
2018 – Swordmetal Festival – Savage, MN
Past Features such as Artist of the Month or Single of the Week, etc if any
2016 & 2019 – Friday Guest DJ, Metal Express Radio
08/06/2016 – Band of the Week, Breath Fresher Magazine
2014 – Metal Band of the Year, Project Backstage Midwest Music Awards
L-R: Dan “Danowar” Whitmer (Guitar), Erik “Jager” Schmutzler (Vocals), RJ “Machine Gun” Whitmer (Drums), Zack “The Ripper” Burke (Bass), Josh “The Boss” Cole (Guitar)
Photo by Jeffery Ulfhednar Allee
Tis the season for mistletoe, Christmas pudding, Auntie Martha’s awful sweaters and of course, Krampus. Krampus the goat demon comes to take away all the children who have misbehaved during the year and this traditional central European folktale gets revisited with the seasonally appropriate track “Krampusnacht” from Kansas City’s HELLEVATE.
Fortunately, it seems we’ve mostly been good this year as we get this new single to bang our heads to instead of getting eaten by a monster. The speed/thrash act revisions the classic tale with a choice blend of hard-hitting riffs and quick drum work that is a welcome respite from the monotony of traditional Christmas music we’ve been forced to endure.
“Krampusnacht” comes from the three-track EP of the same name, which also includes “If You Want Peace…” and “Prepare For War”. It’s a hearty dash of thrash to complement your holidays. So while you’re unwrapping presents and stuffing your face with baked goods, add some Hellevate to your traditions and turn up Krampusnacht.
HELLEVATE is an up and coming speed/thrash metal band based out of Kansas City, Missouri.
The band was originally founded by Danöwar in Kansas City in the mid-2000s with the intention of being the most Metal of Heavy Metal bands. Like all bands, the up-and-coming HELLEVATE endured several fluctuating lineups and styles for several years. The band came together in late 2009 with drummer RJ “The Machine Gun” Whitmer (brother of Danöwar), and Zack “The Ripper” Burke on bass guitar. Current vocalist Erik “Jager” Schmutzler and guitarist Josh “The Boss” Cole joined the band in early 2013.
HELLEVATE released the first EP in 2010 and a self-titled full-length album in late 2012. The band released a second EP “Kill Confirmed” in 2014 with the new band lineup along with the full-length album, “Weapons Against Their Will” released in July of 2016.
The band has established itself by sharing the bill with many nationally touring bands, including Exodus, Kreator, Accept, Overkill, Ghoul, Venom Inc., and Danzig, just to name a few. With a great lineup and a bright future ahead of them, HELLEVATE continues to grow as a musical force in the metal world and intends to dominate and annihilate for many years to come.