Hellions continue their flow of releasing albums at a high rate of knots with their fourth album since forming in 2013 and this following the 2016 release of Opera Oblivia, which was nominated for an ARIA award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album so the standards expected are high.
The Pop Punk album kick off with a short intro before exploding into full feel good pace with a bouncing beat and edgy vocal before bursting into full sing along chorus, elaborate sounding and catchy hooks and some nice melodies, with occasional heavier guitar to add some depth.
This method is generally followed across the start of this concept album as the Australian four piece band deals with their journey toward lasting purpose in spite of flaws, utilising the friendly and generally feel good structures to tackle some of the darkest areas of the album.
Musically this sounds like a very good Pop Rock/Pop Punk album, which when delved deeper into and the vocal listened to the topics covered are important and current. The guitars are generally friendly and provide the melodies, with the occasional delve into the heavier. The drums are buoyant whilst the vocals are on the whole very nice and relaxed, however as already mention, this doesn’t mean that they narrate the feel-good sound that they provide. The more aggressive vocal that appears occasionally, adds some grit that the subject matter leans toward.
The album title track stands out with its anthemic sound whilst ‘The Lotus’ is grittier on the whole, a little faster paced, more gritty vocals and some punchy riffs, with a powerful chorus that is bound to jumped along with when played live. This track is almost a catalyst to a change in pace for the remaining tracks as they speed up and have some added angst.
The 12 tracks span 32 minutes and are more complex than they appear on the surface and in many ways helps to tackle real issues without feeling being drawn in to a negative mind, using music that will be heard by the masses to reach out and speak to everyone.
Whether you feel up or down, playing this album will put a smile on your face as you relate to the subjects that you are singing along to with and it is guaranteed that you feel better after listening to Rue.
Rue is released 19th October 2018 via UNFD records.
3. X (Mwah)
8. (Theatre Of) (feat. Luna)
9. The Lotus
10. Get Up!
11. Harsh Light