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Hellacopters, The - High Visibility (9/10) - Sweden - 2000/2002

Genre: Rock
Label: Gearhead Records
Playing time: 40:28
Band homepage: Hellacopters, The

Tracklist:

  1. Hopeless Case Of A Kid In Denial
  2. Baby Borderline
  3. Sometimes I Don't Know
  4. Toys And Flavors
  5. You're Too Good (To Me Baby)
  6. Throw Away Heroes
  7. No Song Unheard
  8. Truckloads Of Nothin'
  9. A Heart Without Home
  10. No One's Gonna Do It For You
  11. I Wanna Touch
  12. Hurtin' Time
  13. Envious
Hellacopters, The - High Visibility
We have now come to the point in the bands career where they have opted for a bit of a more polished sound, but still rock your socks off. It was during the "Grande Rock" album where the complete raw sound began to slightly diminish and go for a more commercial sound which is cool because they haven't made it mainstream yet, even now ala THE HIVES. Their roots of classic Rock influence like KISS, ROLLING STONES, Jerry Lee Lewis and Punk are still intact, but the guys add even more rhythm and melody as if they didn't have it already.

Some of the raw sound still emanates when you hear "Hopeless Case Of A Kid In Denial" and "Baby Borderline". You begin to hear a difference in the sound when you get to "Throw Away Heroes". It has a radio friendly vibe because the raw sound is stripped down and it more polished and has an increase of Bobba Fett's piano banging. Great song nonetheless. The bands sound is even more commercial with the slightly ballad sounding "No Song Unheard". Sort of bluesy with a sensitive touch. This is a great song actually when you listen to it with open ears.

THE HELLACOPTERS 2000' release(that's when it was actually released) sees the band trying out new sounds and it still works. Rather than try to be a different band all together, they just mix the commercial sound their blue prints. The complete sound of Garage Rock has left for more a commercial friendly vibe with their trademark sound still mixed in. The songs are simple and to the point and still pack a wallop! (Online August 15, 2003)

Joe Florez



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