Hellion
Hellion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
October 31st, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,196 views


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The eponymous EP by Hellion is nothing but excellent female fronted ‘80s metal with a seamless punk attitude.

In our times, it is common knowledge that the rise of punk rock at the dusk of the ‘70s gave a good push to the newly (then) born heavy metal scene, gave birth to thrash metal, while it almost eradicated the decaying and over-ambitious scene of ‘70s progressive rock dinosaurs. However, during those days of old, the influence of punk rock on “classic” metal was not readily obvious. The DIY way of doing things, the taking over of old and abandoned buildings by anarchist groups and the formation of bands without any prior of music knowledge whatsoever, were strictly classified as standard punk rock conduct. Truth is though, that some of the aforementioned punk ethics were starting to diffuse into traditional metal, even from the first days of both genres.

Hellion, a traditional heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California is a non-trivial case in point. The band’s female singer Ann Boleyn (who would later turn into a ‘80s metal underground icon) had taken over an abandoned and assumed to be haunted mansion, where she hosted the first rehearsals and DIY concerts of the band. Soon enough, Hellion had gathered enough acclaim to be nominated best LA band for 1983 in Streetzine magazine. This nomination earned the band a deal for a single with the punk label Mystic Records, while later on, Music For Nations offered a deal for the band’s eponymous EP, which is an excellent piece of ‘80s metal decorated with a seamless punk attitude.

In their first days, Hellion were playing covers of bands such as Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC, in order to bond as a band and that attained strength is readily evident in the EP. The first song, “Don’t Take No (For An Answer)” is a solid tribute to the last of the aforementioned bands, as it bears a granite-solid mid tempo rhythm section and main riff. The excess quality point throughout the EP lies in Boleyn’s vocals, which carry as much balls as ten of her male colleagues. Harsh sounding and dangerous, Boleyn really doesn’t take no for an answer (sic) and delivers her goods with an awesome attitude. Her lyrics, although they carry a certain degree of naivety, they are a hymn to freedom, unconditional love (“Driving Hard (For You")) and the right attitude towards fellow man. The next three songs follow a more classic metal approach, influenced mainly from the solo work of Ozzy or major bands such as Iron Maiden (listen to “Backstabber”). The overall musicianship of the record is really above average, with the guitars churning out the right riffs and solos for the right reason, while the audible bass is pure orgasm.

Instead of a prologue; the only “drawback” of the EP is that it has only 4 songs, however it is completely devoid of filler material. This EP can be served as a refreshing shot of female fronted ‘80s metal, in cases where every other musical proposal seems to be out of function.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2012



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Unofficial EP stream: http://www.metal-samples.com/2011/11/hellion-usa-hellion-1983.html





Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



15881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

" Hellion we playing covers"
Hellion were playing covers

"Her lyrics, although they carry a certain degree of naivety, they are a hymn to freedom"
Her lyrics, although they carry a certain degree of naivety, are a hymn to freedom

1st sentence doesn't really work but maybe I'm missing the flow of it somehow ?

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2012



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

menawati is right, typo is fixed.

Edit: Also, first sentence is shortened a bit.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



15881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i dunno, it seemed to be missing an 'and' somewhere but i could be wrong.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



15881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whatever, its a fine review anyway and gives a good idea of what's on offer so posd

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2012



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Listen to the stream guys and tell me what you think.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



19621 Comments


references thrash metal so pos'd m/

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



15881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listening now quite enjoyable stuff

CaptainDooRight
October 31st 2012



28702 Comments


swee rev bro Pos'd

I tried to check link but it wouldn't work from my phone

I may have to ck another source

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TheNotrap
October 31st 2012



8029 Comments


Hey I remember jamming this in the '80s. Don't remember much, need to recheck.

Good work as always, have a pos.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2012



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

@CaptainDooRight

The link should be okay from a desktop or laptop PC.


@TheNotrap

Thanks mate.


toxin.
October 31st 2012



12183 Comments


Sweet review, pos'd.

Band's lead singer has a terrible name though. I hope it's just a stage name

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2012



15881 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ann Boleyn is a cool name, queen, head chopped off an all that

XingKing
October 31st 2012



10323 Comments


If you hadn't told me it was female fronted, I would have just assumed it was a male with a high range. Also, this isn't really metal in my mind. This is just rock.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 31st 2012



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Her voice reminds me that of Jon Oliva from Savatage.

And this is metal alright, it just has a hard rocking edge.

CaptainDooRight
October 31st 2012



28702 Comments


Koo yea ill hv to ck when I'm hm

bloc
October 31st 2012



34735 Comments


Music wise, this is really solid. Vocally though, I dunno...the voice can get a bit grating on the ears...

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Belloq
October 31st 2012



50 Comments


good review




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