Well, well, well. Hellsongs are about to release a new cd and
I gotta admit, it’s ridiculous but it’s also ridiculously fun. What’s that? You don’t know who Hellsongs are? Well, if you enjoy giving the Richard Cheese discs a spin or two, then you need to keep reading…
Hellsongs fashion themselves as “LoungeMetal” and what they do is reinterpret metal classics as acoustic/electronic songs more fit for coffee shop waifery. Remember when Tori Amos released that cover album which featured a cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood”? Yeah? Well, it’s exactly like that, except that Hellsongs actually make it listenable while making the songs their own, a la Richard Cheese minus the Vegas lounge kitch. Over 10 tracks these Swedes manage to offer their own spin on Slayer, Guns -n- Roses, Skid Row, as well as a mom-approved take on Pantera.
Look, I’m not saying this is something you’ll put in heavy rotation, but it is a fun listen. It also makes for an entertaining album to put on when you have company and watch as they have an internal struggle trying to figure out just what it is they are listening to.
Hellsongs – Youth Gone Wild
Skid Row – Youth Gone Wild
(tell me the Hellsongs version, with that chorus, wouldn’t have been a perfect song for an 80’s movie…maybe the fair scene in Lost Boys)
Hellsongs – Walk
Pantera – Walk
Hellsongs Official Site, Hellsongs on myspace
I’ll tell y’all what, when you do a monthly podcast you really begin to appreciate how short a month is. It’s like you just finished the last podcast when you realize you only have 5 days left before the next one is due. This is also the first podcast I ever made without the use of any beer or whiskey. Outside of there being no slurring by the end of it, I don’t really notice much of a difference. Lemme know if you do.
This month’s show features a pretty good balance between ninebullets regulars such as Biram, The Truckers, Austin Lucas and Mat D and relative newcomers you may not have heard of if you don’t read ninebullets such as Back Row Baptists, Reverend Deadeye and The Maldives. In between all of those we dropped some artists that have yet to be featured at all in 9b (though they will in the coming month’s) like Root Jack, The Sadies and Tin Horn Prayer. All in all, I think the whole set turned out really fantastic and I bet an hour from now you’ll agree with me.
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- John Mellencamp – Rain On The Scarecrow [00.00.00]
- Drive-By Truckers – Sink Hole [00.03.16]
- Scott H. Biram – Blood, Sweat & Murder [00.06.37]
- Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.09.30]
- Dan Bern – Most American Men [00.11.18]
- Root Jack – 30 Days [00.15.45]
- Back Row Baptists – Wood and Steel [00.19.22]
- Mat D – Ford Marriage [00.22.07]
- Tin Horn Prayer – Fighting Sleep [00.25.31]
- Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.28.57]
- Reverend Deadeye – Her Heart Belongs To The Wind [00.30.46]
- Austin Lucas – Sleep Well (demo) [00.34.58]
- The Only Sons – Highway Patrolman [00.39.37]
- Cam Penner – Thirteen [00.44.42]
- Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.48.18]
- The Sadies – Another Year Again [00.49.31]
- The Maldives – Goodbye [00.52.45]
- Autopsy IV Commentary * [00.56.43]
- Hellsongs – Youth Gone Wild [00.57.42]
* All music heard in background during commentary, courtesy of Bill Benson.
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Sometimes, you just see a band name or an album name and you paint this picture in your mind of what their music is gonna be like. Such was the case with the group Hellsongs. I saw the name HellSongs and the album title Hymns in the Key of 666, and right there I decided this was gonna be some serious Doom Country, in the vein of Those Poor Bastards or Sons of Perdition. I really didn’t even spend enough time on the emusic page to notice the cover art or the “rock/pop” genre classification, hell, I didn’t even bother looking at the track listing. All it took to pique my interest was Hellsongs and Hymns in the Key of 666, and I just knew that it was going to be Doom Country. I was sure of it. Furthermore, not only was it Doom Country, but by the time it made it to my thumb drive and got plugged into my stereo, I had decided it was awesome Doom Country.
I could not have been more wrong.
Hellsongs fashion themselves as “LoungeMetal” and what they do is reinterpret metal classics as acoustic/electronic songs more fit for a coffee shop. Remember when Tori Amos released that cover album which featured a cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood”? Yeah? Well, it’s exactly like that, except that Hellsongs actually pulls it off and manages to make the songs their own, ala Richard Cheese minus the Vegas lounge kitch. Over 10 tracks these Swedes manage to reinvent Metallica, Sabbath, Slayer, Iron Maiden and others, including a particularly interesting remake of Megadeth‘s “Symphony of Destruction”.
I’m not saying this is something you’ll put in heavy rotation, but it is a fun listen. It also makes for an entertaining album to put on when you have company and watch as they have an internal struggle trying to figure out just what it is they are listening to.
Hellsongs – Symphony of Destruction
Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction
Hellsongs – Paranoid
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Success: Hellsongs – Seasons in the Abyss
Failure: Tori Amos – Raining Blood
Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer – Raining Blood
Hellsongs Official Site, Hellsongs on myspace, Buy Hymns in the Key of 666