Hellsongs: Minor Misdemeanors (Lovely/Yellow Eye)

 |   |  1 min read

Hellsongs: Welcome to the Jungle
Hellsongs: Minor Misdemeanors (Lovely/Yellow Eye)

This outing follows a similar path to the previous Hellsongs album Hymns in the Key of 666 where metal songs were delivered in a quiet, almost pastoral manner or inna lounge style. A rather familiar route as I pointed out then.

This is not dissimilar: with a fine new vocalist (Siri Bergnehr), Sweden's Hellsong take material by Slayer, Meat Loaf, Guns'N Roses, Pantera, Wasp, Alice Cooper and other familiars and deliver them in a slightly country-rock/post-folk way with, it has to be said, very interesting arrangements.

And it is also rather good.

Meat Loaf's Heaven Can Wait (a little overlong, but that's in the nature of the songs he does) is a lively country foot-tapper, the slightly world weary Welcome to the Jungle comes to life over a sweet Nashville sound with steel guitar, Pantera's Walk is a moody piece with up-close vocals, Alice Cooper's School's Out comes with a jazzy Latin-flavoured horn section and hammering piano . . .

The sole original is Rubicon Crossings which is a pastoral piece with gentle whistling. It might not have sounded out of place on some neo-folk/alt.country album out of the UK or Midwest. 

The real problem of course is that pretentious metal lyrics barked out over thunderous drums and nuclear-strength guitars tend to go right by you but here they are nakedly up front -- and some just sound like a mouthful, if not downright silly.

But as with that previous album, small pleasures and amusements to be had. And on the basis of Rubicon Crossings this outfit -- probably under another name -- have some real songwriting strengths of their own.

Unfortunately singer Bergnehr had a stroke late last year and the band have now broken up. So we shall have to see where the former members turn up in the future.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

Kalle - Jul 27, 2011

Hi there,
Nice review but Meat Loaf has never been covered by Hellsongs. Iron Maiden are the ones to be praised for the original version of Heaven can wait...

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis: Smoking in Heaven (Sunday Best)

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis: Smoking in Heaven (Sunday Best)

While some have be quite taken by KD&Lewis' retro look and sound -- which is undeniably entertaining on the surface and live -- I have remained immune and indifferent to their charms. And... > Read more

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed (SubPop)

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires: Dereconstructed (SubPop)

With young bands naming for cute fluffy animals and avoiding any pretense of rock music, it's a pleasure this Alabama outfit takes Seventies' Stones, the Clash and fuzzed-up punk fury as their... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

CECIL TAYLOR IN 1990: Florescent flights

CECIL TAYLOR IN 1990: Florescent flights

Genius is the word a lot of people use about Cecil Taylor – but words get pretty debased these days. (“Genius, that‘s like brilliant - but better, yeah?” ) So... > Read more

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2016 (Cartell/Border)

Various Artists: So Frenchy So Chic 2016 (Cartell/Border)

For many decades the punchline was,"French pop" . . . because when it came to pop music it seemed the French -- stuck somewhere between cool chanson and fashion chic -- didn't quite... > Read more