As the saying goes, “everything is bigger in Texas.” For Dallas area metallers Hostile that statement couldn’t be more fitting. Riff heavy and hell bent the quartet came together in late 2007 when the Martinez brothers (Jr – vocals, Sebastian – guitars and Zakk – drums) played their first show as a cover band to a few hundred people. The band went down a storm and it was then and there that the trio knew they had to continue on the path they had just laid for themselves.
Second vocalist, Nestor Acosta, joined in 2009 and bassist Henry Diaz came aboard January 2016. The band began writing material shortly thereafter and soon found themselves playing out and subsequently headlining some of the top venues in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area. The band branched out to other Texas markets as well as Oklahoma, steadily building a powerful following in any town they visited, sharing the stage with bands like 3 Inches of Blood, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy and in 2014 they hit the road for a short run with Mobile Deathcamp. They recently did a run of through Texas with local heroes Drowning Pool setting each stop on the tour on fire and they’ll be performing at this year’s Laconia Bike Fest, alongside the likes of Sevendust, Buckcherry, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent and others.
After honing their material night after night across stages in the Deep South, Hostile decided to take a large part of 2015 and concentrate on studio work, whittling down their repertoire to their four strongest songs. In August the band entered AudioScience Laboratories with Engineer and Producer Rob Swarthout to begin laying down what would eventually become Hypnotic Regression, emerging January 2016.
Hypnotic Regression is a neck breaking affair, showcasing a range of styles, including thrash, groove and traditional power metal.