Melbourne metal newcomers HooF offer up a thrilling sound that oozes intensity, unrelenting riffs and pounding drums. It’s monstrously heavy yet, somehow, strangely catchy.
The band take influence from a wide variety of metal styles, from death metal to Swedish melodeath and any ‘core’ you wish to name. and they delight in telling us this ensures they won’t be separated into one or two subgenres.
The band released debut single Be Eating You at the end of April, and it’s an awesome introduction to what they have to offer. It starts off with chugging chords and a spinning riff with huge drums under a big scream, which feeds into a prolonged, heavy instrumental intro.
The spinning little riff evolves and feeds into a heavy verse of engaging screamed vocals that begin “I lay still silent, So sweet violence calls, Burning muscles, Indestructible” over a darting riff and pounding drums. That feeds into low-tuned guitars and intense bass drum under cries of “Everything that drives me closer, Yearning for a sense of closure.”
The fun chugging guitar riffs return for another verse that features the line “You will be mine, When I can’t find anyone else, I will devour you alive,” then gives way to a wild section of heavy guitars and drums and fast-paced vocals. That feeds into a big section of booming low guitars over pounding drums and big screamed vocals.
A really cool section of drawn-out guitars under repeats of the previous vocals drops into big doomy guitars and wild bass drum then over powerful screamed vocals bring the track to a huge ending. Give this awesome track a listen in the video below:
We had a chat with frontman Craig Hubert to find out more about this exciting new band:
GR: Who are Hoof?
CH: “Hoof is a 4 piece from Melbourne, Australia. Scott and Al, our bass player and guitarist respectively were in a death metal band together while Scott was playing in a groove metal band with myself, Zac and another guitarist.
“The death metal band had ended and Al was at a loose end when the groove band starting having all the usual problems so we basically folded that band, recruited Al and rebirthed ourselves into a whole new animal.”
GR: You just released Be Eating You. What should people be expecting from the song?
CH: “They can expect to bang their heads and have a good time! Al had a couple riffs hanging around that he’d been looking for a home for so it was basically our first song and it came together so easily and organically it was ridiculous.
“The lyrics came to me when I was playing Call of duty and listening to a crime podcast. They are quite morbid but I have always enjoyed writing about things I personally haven’t felt… like wanting to kill and eat someone.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
CH: “We’re still pretty young as a band so at the moment it’s a wild mix of genres but things are definitely starting to emerge towards a Hoofy melodic death sound.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
CH: “Like I said above I like writing about themes and ideas that I might not think or feel myself. I am an Actor as well as a musician so I do like to merge the two, although I always write in a way that I can have my own personal take on it as well.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
CH: “As a band? We rarely agree on that! But there’s definitely a confluence of more heavy melodic bands that we grudgingly admit we all share a love of. Cannibal Corpse and Devin Townsend are two names that get thrown around a lot at band rehearsals although I don’t think we sound like either of them.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
CH: “We have a new song and video coming out soon which will be released under Doomity Records and plan to get a third offering out before year’s end also. Live gigs are still probably some way off but we’re gnashing our teeth to get rolling and take it to the people.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
CH: “We are not a band that will be set in one or two sub genres. We like to play around with different styles while still keeping the same Hoofy vibe.”