Whyalla boy makes rocking return

HORNS UP: From left, Hidden Intent members Chris McEwan (bass and vocals), Phil Bennett (lead guitar) and Paul Lewis (drums) will be performing live in Whyalla on Sunday. Photo - supplied.
HORNS UP: From left, Hidden Intent members Chris McEwan (bass and vocals), Phil Bennett (lead guitar) and Paul Lewis (drums) will be performing live in Whyalla on Sunday. Photo - supplied.

Paul Lewis has been behind the drum kit in shows held far and wide, rocking out with his thrash metal band Hidden Intent in countries such as Germany, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

But there's probably no place to perform that's as close to his heart as Whyalla.

"I was born there and moved away when I was around 17 or 18 ... my parents and quite a few friends still live there so I try and get back as much as I can," Paul said.

Hidden Intent will hit the stage at the Left Hand Club on Sunday as part of their tour of the Upper Spencer Gulf alongside Sydney metal band Flaming Wrekage and local group Shattered Hourglass.

The three-piece Adelaide band evoke the style of Metallica in the late 1980's, creating a similar sound to their epic thrash album Master of Puppets.

"It's thrash metal but we like to make sure there's a melodic side and slow-heavy side as well so it's not straight ahead speed the whole time," Paul said.

"That was something I introduced to the band when I came in, I wanted to be a little more diverse."

Hidden Intent released their latest album Dead End Destiny earlier this year, and the tour will help promote the new release to the regional scene.

Paul said he was looking forward to playing at small venues at home after a long period of performing overseas, and was excited to be joined by good friends.

"We've played with Flaming Wrekage a few times in the large festivals around Australia and we've caught up with them quite often," he said.

"We played with the Shattered Hourglass guys in Port Pirie not too long ago and they were amazing ... they're well known for their young guitarist who is an absolute gun.

"I'm looking forward to seeing those guys again."

Hidden Intent will be launching Dead End Destiny in Striling North on Friday, and will be returning to Whyalla for the homecoming show on Sunday.

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