HIMSA Vocalist Says Aggression Of Band's New CD 'Will Surprise People'

HIMSA frontman John Pettibone has told MTV.com that the Seattle-hailing metalcore madmen are prepared to take their career to the next level, as he says they did with their sound on "Summon in Thunder".

"We've really progressed with this record, and we're all really proud of it," he said. "We've all been playing in bands for quite a lot longer than HIMSA's been around, and it's one of those things where we're completely proud of what we've done, and we've gotten to a point where we have a definite sound. ... We've gone through all the struggles, and that's what keeps all of us sane. We've been on really bad tours, slept on floors for many years, and it's that drive and ethic that we've always kept in the band that makes it a little more special. We've seen the worst, and we've been through the worst, so any gain we're happy with."

For those of you who haven't heard the new album yet, Pettibone says the album is a perfect mixture between their 2003 album, "Courting Tragedy and Disaster", and 2006's "Hail Horror".

"I think the aggression of the record will surprise people," he said. "There is melody there, but not like before. ... We steered clear of the way the metal scene has been going, with thick breakdowns and clean vocals — we didn't want to do what's popular right now. We went for more of that thrash sound that we love. We grew up in the '80s on East Bay thrash, and we took those elements and went the opposite way the scene's going, and people are digging it. So I can't complain.

"It's a record that, even if I wasn't in the band, I'd be like, 'God, I love these guys,' " he continued. "It sounds like a band I would truly follow."

Read more at MTV.com.

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