HUNG is a melodic/progressive death metal band based in New York City that transcends even its own musical definitions. Right off the bat, with its unusual line-up of electric violin and guitar switching off on leads, HUNG challenges the norm. Their music, epic in scope, moves fluently between brutal, aggressive riffs to eerily beautiful melodies to daredevil, virtuosic passages, all while maintaining its own distinct and cohesive sound.
Lyris Hung, the electric violinist, founded the band with guitarist Evil Jon and bassist Sam Roon, the two of whom had worked together previously in Masque of the Red Death. Moscow-born growler Dmitry Kostitsyn takes the frontman position and David Mieloch is on the drums.
Though the members of HUNG share a love of metal, they each come from a wide array of influences, ranging from classical to jazz and rock. They brought these musical experiences together, creating a sound that is at once paying homage to the masters of European death metal and strikingly different.
HUNG has shared the stage with bands such as Full Blown Chaos, God Forbid, Macabre, Soilwork, Darkest Hour, Warblade and others. They have played the Milwaukee Metalfest and regularly tour New England and the NY/NJ/PA tri-state areas. In addition, they continue to actively vitalize the New York metal scene with HUNG Productions, their own event/show production company, and their partner site NYCMetal.com co-founded by bassist Sam Roon. HUNG proudly endorses Coffin Case and Ed Stone Clothing.
HUNG's second album, Progeny, was recorded by Eric Rachel (God Forbid, Symphony X, Black Dahlia Murder) and mastered by the legendary Alan Douches. With five tracks and a running time of almost 35 minutes, Progeny is at once concise in its storytelling and immense and dynamic in its range. From the opening title track, a piece which demonstrates the band's ability to weave intricate melodies and harmonies, to the Desert of Sad and Maria, a pair of dark and driven death metal anthems, to the twistedly militaristic Wishing Scar and the brutally epic finale Sediment of War, HUNG makes its mark on the metal scene – and it is a lasting one.
"...a stellar foray into progressive death metal with a classical twist...In a genre that seems to rely on either blunt force trauma or mind numbing complexity, it's refreshing to hear some death metal that’s actually doing something challenging and different."
"An epic journey through hell and back"
"The band’s melodies are catchy but never cheesy, hitting that oh-so-hard-to-find sweet spot that pleases both your desires for something familiar and something new, as well as hitting on both brutally heavy and slow, melancholic moments alike...
...Hung is undoubtedly one of the best and strongest bands in the New York City scene today. Progeny is really, really good; if you’re a fan of European-influenced metal you’ll be drawn in right away. Get yourself a copy."
"Those who look for the exceptional in music instead of just wanting the clobbering-then-done type of stuff should get their hands on this record."
"These guys ought to become a staple of the American death metal scene"
"Be sure to remember the name of this band now, they deserve it."
"The alternating between violin and guitar for the band's solos is a very unique trait that is executed extremely well"
"Hung has already made its mark in music history; I anxiously await whatever this promising band has in store for us."