Helligators – Hell III Sliptrick Records Release date: 04/06/2019 Running Time: 60:00 Review by Alun Jones 8.5/10
Listening to “Hell III” – the new Helligators release – and you can almost smell the Cajun cookin’ and moonshine brewing. This is greasy, crazy biker rock from the southern states. No doubt Helligators have fine-tuned their art in a roadhouse shack just off some dusty highway, the sounds of the bayou just inches away. The heat and the trees, the swamp and the…
What? They’re from where? Like Rome, Florida or something? What, actual Rome? In Italy? Oh. Well ya could’a fooled me!
Yes, Helligators are from Rome, Italy – though my first listen to this album had me thinking of something far more Corrosion of Conformity in origin. “Hell III” is powerful, dirty hard rock with just a hint of stoner metal, big melodies and southern charm. But not southern USA charm, apparently…
Anyway, this third album from the band blows the doors off with the huge, raucous rampage of ‘Rebellion’ – a great start to the album. It reeks of attitude and speeds out of the gates in a Motörhead fashion.
Following tracks ‘Here To Stay’ and ‘Bleeding’ apply the brakes slightly, but are just as crushingly relentless. This is big chunky guitar territory; guitars courtesy of Kamo and El Santo are head bangingly infectious and also intricate when called for.
There’s a definite change of pace with the almost bluesy ‘Where I Belong’ – but by Jupiter, the chorus is monstrous. The skilled vocals of Simone “Dude” have a versatility that keep everything together and has class enough to avoid a parmesan power ballad stench.
Helligators are certainly stretching their creativity with this album. ‘The Prison (Confession Pt 1)’ and ‘Gone (Confession Pt 2)’ demonstrate an ability to develop an epic suite of music. Meanwhile, the instrumental ‘Bassthard Session’ also shows the rhythm section – Alex (drums) and Pinna (Bass) to full effect.
But it’s the fast, super charged Rock’N’Roll of total bangers like ‘Born Again’ and ‘Pedal To The Metal’ that are the great prize here. Hard rock that’s loud and fun – Helligators came, saw and conquered all.
Did I tell you about the time I was in Italy with Ozzy, on tour in 81? I took him and the band to a restaurant after the gig for some quality Italian grub. Ozzy was off his tits and thought the spaghetti was worms, and tried to snort them. It ended with food everywhere and Ozzy pissing up the walls. I had a right job apologising to the manager and sorting everything out. Ozzy – lovely bloke; absolute liability.
02. Here To Stay
04. Where I Belong
05. Born Again
06. The Prison (Confession pt.1)
07. Gone (Confession pt.2)
08. Until I Feel No More
09. Bassthard Session III
10. Even From The Grave
11. Pedal To The Metal
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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York City based Rock ‘N’ Roll band Wild Planes! Huge thanks to drummer Andre Jevnik for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hey what’s up y’all! My name is Andre Jevnik and I play drums in the wildest band around, Wild Planes. Kris Carmello is the lead singer/guitarist and James Hoag is the Bass man in the band.
The band was founded by Kris and myself a long while ago in community college. It took us some time to find the right members and get things off the ground. We started to get some bigger shows in the New York area which then really got us in gear to find the right mix of members. After some auditioning, we found Jimmy. Well, Jimmy actually found me (Andre) about a year prior to us looking for members. Long story short, luckily we knew Jimmy but hadn’t spoken in a year. There was instant chemistry once we started to perform and write music.
How did you come up with your band name?
So, the name….we had another name similar to what we have now. At the time, we were changing it and had some Facebook likes that we didn’t want to use. Of course Facebook doesn’t make it easy to make changes, the only way we can keep the page and change our name is if we have a near name to the already existing band name. This sounds super confusing, but it’s the way it is.
While we were figuring this out, my mother came up with “Wild Planes” and we ran with it
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from New York, New York in United States Of America! Depending on the state you’re in, the music scene is rich with talent or super flooded like any other scene. The New York scene is pretty cool, lots of indie rock, indie pop and so on. Our neighbouring state New Jersey has a lot of rock/metal in the areas. We play all over and our music fits with Alt Rock, Indie Rock plus Hard Rock. We prefer to travel though and get our feet wet in other cities/states because we get to see what’s out there.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest release is a 5 song EP called “Singin ‘N’ Slingin”. This is our best piece of work we have released thus far. The boys and I truly feel it has the most eclectic influences inside the writing of the songs. We are big fans of all the great bands, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath etc: and we feel that we really did mix all of them up to make it our own. All in all, we wrote music that we want to hear. This EP pumps us up before shows, going out on the town, even just getting the day started. It’s pretty awesome when you can listen to your own music and be like…”wow, I can’t believe this is us!”
Who have been your greatest influences?
We love all the great rock bands that put a good stank in the air. Like I was saying before, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin are what we listen to day in and day out. Of course there are so many bands/artists we love and to name em all would take up this entire article. For us though, groovin, cool rock n roll never fails.
What first got you into music?
For each of us it’s different, it was girls, being cool etc: but I can speak for all of us…I think. It’s that first time you get a crowd of people to cheer for you, whether it be a solo at school or kids in your class thinking your awesome banging on the desks. When people look at you and are like “woah” it makes you want to pursue it even more. Once you get that taste of rock n roll, you want it all the time, there’s no going back.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Jeez, this one is tough. As of now, while they are alive… AC/DC. If we could rock a song with those dudes, wow that would be amazing!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rock In Rio, hands down! The people are there for one thing, ROCK N F*&$#@! ROLL!!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
To my knowledge, we haven’t really gotten any weird things. A lot of our friends and fans actually got us cool stuff like custom made flasks and stuff for our tour van. I will say, we have had some weird experiences on the road. Homeless people partying with us in our van, being stranded in a city with a dead phone cause you don’t remember where the hotel is, closing out strip joints till 6am in the morning etc. etc: So many wild things have happened, all we can do is smile.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Have a good time all the time! We live one life people, one life. Everyone has their problems and issues but we can also have our fun too and live a little. Try to enjoy each day as it comes and motivate yourself to live stress free.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
This one is a dooozy, BON SCOTT of AC/DC, damn what we would do to pick his brain about music and life. RIP Brotha!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best thing about being a musician is bringing joy to people through music we created. Of course we love the free alcohol, the girls etc. But besides that, it’s the look on people’s faces when they are having a genuine good time. It makes us so proud of what we do. When somebody takes the time to write a message via Instagram or an email thanking you for performing and moving them, it’s truly a special feeling.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is always changing and going through waves. I personally think it’s in a good spot now. If we had to make a change, I guess it would be putting more time into new bands/artists even if they don’t have the biggest following.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Hmmm….”Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC Killer record!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Definitely CD and Vinyl! But all of these ways of listening have their advantages. I’m not sure about Cassette only cause not too many people have them. Nowadays people are buying Vinyl again and CD’s. Luckily they make cool new record players and even CD players too. Downloaded music is great for Bluetooth to the car and all that. I do think it’s a shame that a lot of car companies don’t even build CD players in their cars anymore! They better change that.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Best show so far was when we performed the ROCKLAHOMA festival two years in a row! So much fun, love you all out there in Oklahoma!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Ummm….probably dead. Rock n Roll is our way of life, no hobby.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
We would send special invites to: Ozzy Osbourne Steven Tyler Don Rickles Bon Scott David Lee Roth
What’s next for the band?
Next up, we will be playing a butt load of shows all over the east coast. We are promoting our new EP “Singin ‘N’ Slingin” and plan on some music videos for the songs within the next couple months. We will also have merch available on our website for people to buy. Then we will be hitting the studio and tracking a few more new tunes for winter 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Well, everyone knows they are a biscuit-sized cake 😉
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We appreciate you and everyone reading this article! Thank you for the support and we hope to see y’all on the road, cheers! Let’s get wild! Thank you so much!
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Swilson – Swilson Vanishing Point Records Release Date: 26/10/2018 Running Time: 32:17 Review by Tsarina Wilson 8/10
Swilson are a rock ‘n’ roll band from New Jersey and Los Angeles, formed in 2009, and October 2018 saw them unleash their self-titled album.
Swilson say “this album isn’t just an album, it’s a doorway.” It certainly had a good vibe for me and had me dancing around while listening to it. It’s a high energy, upbeat, full on album. There are no 7 minutes plus songs, just short, punchy, energy hitting tracks.
“Swilson” was produced by Dean Rispler (The Dictators NYC, Ross The Boss, The Wizards) and engineered, mixed and mastered by Jesse Cannon (Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cure, Man Overboard)
The band consists of Stephen on Guitar and Vocals, Squeaky Dave on Stun Guitar, Dean Rispler on Bass, Chris Orlando on Drums and Seth Meisterman as Minster of Propaganda.
The album represents the progression of their attitude and line up, as the band explains; “Just like there have been many versions of you, there have been also been many Swilsons” but I think no matter the changes, this recording is a great representation of what these guys are capable of.
There is not a dull moment on the whole album, and standout tracks for me would have to be ‘Born In The Year Zero’ a bassy, drum thumping track, and ‘Axeman Of Your Dreams’ which is almost menacing with lyrics such as “a Rolex on a severed hand” and “revenge is not enough.” There is an immense guitar solo which blends into the background, only to punch its way back out again. Just outstanding!
Any track that can stop me typing and get me tapping the side of the keyboard is a good one in my eyes and ‘Stoned In Blood’ did just that. It is definitely a car window down and on full blast sort of track. ‘Witchcraft 2018’ has to be my favourite though as the nonstop beat track is a ride from beginning to end. It is full of energy and, to be fair, most of them are. I wish I could bottle their vigour and sell it, I would make a fortune! Check out ‘Wizard King’ and you will understand exactly what I mean.
I also get a real punky vibe from some of the tracks, almost Public Image Limited thrown together with the Clash and a hint of Iggy Pop but with a definite rock beat. It truly is a great package!
Although the album isn’t long at approximately 33 minutes for 12 tracks, it is nonstop from track one. I will definitely look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
TRACKLISTING: 01. I Like Love 02. Witch Trial Modern day 03. Stoned In Blood 04. Cyclops Cobra 05. Rats With Wings 06. Wizzard King 07. Axeman Of Your Dreams 08. Loaded Question 09. Witchcraft 2018 10. Chase Vampire CPA 11. Monkey Brain 12. Born In The Year Zero
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Trevor and the Wolves – Road to Nowhere Nadir Music Release Date: 02/02/2018 Running Time: 49:34 Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King 8/10
Finding background on the band Trevor and the Wolves is not easy. There seems to be precious little information on the world wide web and the small bit that can be found, is mostly written in Italian!
Trevor and The Wolves is the side project of death metal band Sadist’s vocalist, Trevor Sadist, and this album couldn’t be more different if it tried.
Featuring a number of special guests including Christian Meyer (Elio E Le Storie Tese), Stefano Cabrera (Gnu Quartet), Paolo Bonfanti, Grazia Quaranta, Francesco Chinchella and Daniele Barbarossa (Winterage), the new album Road to Nowhere was recorded at the Italian Nadir Music Studios in Genoa, under the expert supervision of Tommy Talamanca as producer.
With obvious influences from the hard rock end of the rock and metal spectrum, this is a good old-fashioned rock and roll album. Its simplistic in style but that in no way takes away from the appeal of the music.
Think the Brian Johnson era of AC/DC, mix it with a bit of Motörhead and Saxon, and you are somewhere close to what this band sound like. I am not a HUGE fan of any of the just mentioned bands, but I do like this album. The rough vocals of Trevor are ideally suited to this type of rock, there are riffs galore and at just under fifty minutes in length, there is plenty to get your listening gear round.
The guitar solos are simple yet expertly executed and you can just imagine the drummer and bass player bouncing around the stage keeping everyone in time. I personally love to see musicians making music other than what they are known for and, having listened to a bit of Sadist just for comparison purposes, this is nothing like what Trevor is known for.
With enough grit and gravel to line all the roads in England during a cold snap of weather, I think this is a must for any hard rock fan’s collection. Slightly heavier than AC/DC, it still has the party feel about it and will certainly have you bounding round your living room strutting your stuff on your air guitar!
TRACKLISTING: 01. From Hell To Heaven Ice 02. Burn At Sunrise 03. Red Beer 04. Black Forest 05. Bath Number 666 06. Spiritual Leader 07. Roadside Motel 08. Wings Of Fire 09. Lake Sleeping Dragon 10. Unforgivable Mistake
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Deadheads – This One Goes to 11 High Roller Records Release Date: 26/01/2018 Running Time: 38:00 Review by Vikkie ‘Queen of Rock’ Richmond 6/10
I confess to having never heard of Swedish four-piece, Deadheads, although “This One Goes to 11” is their third album. Labelling themselves as ‘energetic rock and roll’, this band are all that and more; this album is eleven tracks of frenetically paced, good time rock which was fairly infectious to listen to.
The first track, ‘Black Out’ gallops along with brattish guitars and a thumping pace and although it was light on lyrics with a repetitive chorus, it certainly stuck in my brain for a while after listening.
I found a punkish element to next song, ‘Don’t Mind The Ghost’, which featured a simple hook and echoing vocals; in fact, pretty much all of the songs had a punk feel to them, with some nice keyboard/piano work showing on ‘Manic Mondays’.
The pace slowed a little with ‘Too Lost To Be Found’, which had a real vintage flavour to it and was one of my more favoured tracks on the album. I particularly liked the last track, ‘Status Low’; it wasn’t vastly different to the other songs, but I enjoyed the lyrics and the key changes made it feel a little less mad and ever so slightly more laid back.
I think if you take the time to listen to this album five or six times in a row, you will probably find nuances and changes from song to song; just listening to it twice through, it sounded kind of samey in places.
Quality and production-wise, the sound is a little muffled on some tracks – whether that was intentional, I’m not sure, but it was a bit irritating in places. Deadheads have been touring on and off in Europe, so perhaps they will be popping up on the UK festival circuit next year. I’d make a point of catching them live if I can; the songs are infectious and carry a certain amount of punk groove, so it would be interesting to see how that translates onto a live stage.
TRACKLISTING: 01. Black Out 02. Don’t Mind The Ghost 03. Somebody Along The Way 04. Manic Mondays 05. Too Lost To Be Found 06. The Plan 07. Instant Control 08. 2 Steps Before The Fall 09. Lucifer 10. My Time 11. Status Low
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