Hellions
Opera Oblivia


5.0
classic

Review

by Dedicated1 USER (2 Reviews)
August 13th, 2016 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mammoth and Satisfying.

There are a plethora of adjectives in existence that, if used in typically cliche fashion, would be key words in reviewing an album as diverse as this one. Energetic, original, adventurous, groundbreaking… all apt and with a degree of truth. However, allowing an undisputed future scene classic to be summarised by only a few popular buzzwords would be a disservice of mammoth proportions. In fact, mammoth is a reasonable descriptive choice when absorbing (and trust me, you do absorb it), the third full-length album from Sydney’s Hellions.


Right out of the gate, opening track '24’ lays claim to rock song of the year. A four and a half minute epic that sways from fast, punky verses to a swirling, operatic climax that has been described as everything from Birds Of Tokyo meets Mumford & Sons to a goddamn Christmas carol. 
Lead single ‘Quality of Life’ borrows most significantly from the ‘hardcore riffs and shake your hips’ description that halos around the band. A call to arms to question oneself and the potential artificial joy we THINK we feel as we grow up. The layered vocals in the chorus were our first taste of the experimentation to be found throughout the record, and the choice of ‘Quality…’ as lead single was perfection.


As the beast grows throughout the 10 tracks on Opera Oblvia, so to do the musical influences and flavours. Sophomore record Indian Summer contained modest Spanish/flamenco sections that showed the bands diverse range and songwriting ability. Those influences have been revisited and showcased on the brilliant 'Bad Way', a track which begins so far removed from the hardcore/punk genre you’ll either embrace or discard it. Embrace it and you’ll discover a quintessential genre mash that is sure to become a live favourite. ‘Nuestra Culpa’ serves almost as a late album interlude or bridging track to the grand finale. As a standalone song it is arguably the most ambitious work of the bands career. Falling somewhere between modern melodic hardcore (piano and all), and an epic movie score. There is an intangible quality that continues to draw the ear back, despite a rather abrasive and uneasy initial listen. 


As far as individual performances go, whilst not necessarily being the most imposing or guttural vocalist in the genre, Dre Faivre spits venom and range so fluently and uniquely he is practically unmatched in modern heavy music. lyrically, his work on Opera Oblivia is almost without peer. Read ‘validation, valediction what’s the difference now" eschew the standard, turn the paradigm upside down, you could be happy, if you wanted to be’ and try to imagine the definitive vocal hook of the album. What sounds like a confronting mess of words is twisted so expertly you’ll be singing this little banger all day. Although already touched on, musically Opera Oblivia is a revelation. The range of genres, influences and ideas crammed into 10 memorable songs is as impressive as it is refreshing. From the pop-punky 'Thresher', aforementioned rock epic '24', and combination-of-all album finale '25', fans of MUSIC in it’s purest form will have no trouble finding a redeeming quality littered throughout the beautiful madness.


Quite fittingly, Opera Oblivia has received a tremendous critical and commercial response since it dropped. Triple J, Australia’s premier independent national radio network, featured the entire record in the week leading up to it’s release. The album also debuted at number 4 on the ARIA charts, the bands highest charting position. To see hard working, DIY bands creating legitimate masterpieces of the highest quality and being rewarded is incredibly satisfying. In fact, satisfying is another reasonable adjective to describe Opera Oblivia. Mammoth and satisfying. Satisfaction in absorbing a fresh, original, expertly performed piece of music that is both true to its genre and inventive in its delivery. 


Take a bow mighty behemoth, the curtain is about to fall.


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Dedicated1
August 12th 2016


111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lurked on this site for a long time. Always planned on doing a review at some point but just needed the right album to sink my teeth into. Any feedback would be appreciated!



Arctick
August 12th 2016


7 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Cringed all the way through, soz



Edit: pos'd though :D

ZippaThaRippa
August 12th 2016


10512 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

This sucks

ZippaThaRippa
August 12th 2016


10512 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Might actually be the worst

ZippaThaRippa
August 12th 2016


10512 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Pretty well written review though, so there's that

Dedicated1
August 12th 2016


111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Cheers.



Didn't want this review to come across as fanboyish. I've always liked Hellions and enjoyed their albums without really loving them. That has all changed now. I genuinely believe this is a game-changing piece of work.

Danred97
August 13th 2016


2246 Comments


I admit I'm not hearing what your hearing in this. Based off the singles, this band's sound is haphazardly thrown together. Probably won't check this.

Edit: Well written review though

Butkuiss
August 13th 2016


4574 Comments


Ugh my fucking GOD this album is bringing out the worst in UNFD sweaters.

Evreaia
August 14th 2016


5083 Comments


Quality of Life is life but the rest is pretty lackluster imo

Dedicated1
August 14th 2016


111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I was a pretty huge UNFD sweater back when they first started signing bands. Hellions always had a different feel to them that was nice, but as I said before, never quite wowed me. I just haven't heard a record in years that sounded so fresh and seemed to unite different sounds so seamlessly. The best part is that their growing popularity isn't off the back of trend-hopping bullshit. Im also not somebody to quickly label an album as 5/5 either. This just hits all the right spots in my opinion.

Asdfp277
August 14th 2016


20563 Comments


if this is not an actual opera i'm gonna be so piseed

Butkuiss
August 15th 2016


4574 Comments


It's physically impossible for UNFD to sign a good band.

Dedicated1
August 16th 2016


111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

http://www.unfdcentral.com/artists/



I do not hide my love for generic metalcore (as long as it's well done generic metalcore), but come on... there are a few decent bands here haha.

betray
August 18th 2016


9393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this band fucking sucks dick

Digging: Chat Pile - This Dungeon Earth

TheFantasticDangler
August 22nd 2016


2030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really do not care for this sound/scene at all, but had no problem getting into these guys.

Hyndez
September 14th 2016


154 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

so bad lmfao, 1 vote for well written though.

kizmang
October 9th 2016


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

100% agree with this review, no doubt

EvoHavok
October 9th 2016


7691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was surely enjoyable, but far from a 5.

Digging: Sukekiyo - INFINITUM

JakeStallion
February 10th 2017


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wish I had found out about this last year. It would've absolutely made my AOTY. This album is amazing. I love the lyrics and just the vocals in general. Good review too. Pos'd.

Digging: Solar Fields - Origin #03



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