Helldorados - 2011 - Helldorados EP
1. Never Gonna Stop (We're Helldorados)
4. Shout Out
It's been ages and still the Sleazenation bug is biting the back of my head, telling me I should wrap things up rather than just leaving them untackled.So here it is: my last review; leaving the country has taken away all free time remaining to listen to good new music and actually take the time to write down my findings.
It was a fun run and I still fully support Sandy & her team in all they're doing, but time for me to move on has come ages ago already, this just makes it official.
I want to start off by apologizing to the Helldorados and thanking them for their infinite patience with me, this review is a few months overdue and I have no reason not to take that on me.
But now, enough with the emotional mumbo-jumbo, time to analyze the shit out of this digipak EP that came in one of the most original packages I ever saw: a paper bag mentioning Bag For The Attack, containing the album as well as a pack of matches, a sticker, a greeting card, a badge and a post card. Helldorados know how to promote stuff, excellent start...
The EP itself is in-your-face, with its smokey logo, flames blazing all across the band in an all-cliches-contained rock n' roll pose (the molotov cocktail, the snarly-faced singer, the mean poses, the fucking doormat, the works).
Up to this point, Helldorados have a hell of an introduction to live up to to keep me happy.
"Never Gonna Stop (We're Helldorados)" starts off with the sound of half a liter of flegm being spat at you, immediately followed by a heavy metal riff that sets the pace for another piece of evidence of Germany's rock strength: catchiness and power.
Rolling on like a freight train from hell, "Never Gonna Stop" is a trip down Germany's heaviest memory lane, topped off with Hollywood's singalong-ability. Helldorados found their niche, let's see if they exploit it all the album through.
A barroom noise sample leads us into the bluesy "Girls", proving the second time in a row that the Helldorados did their homework. A "Cinderella on speed" instrumental intro riff, an AC/DC-style verse, a tongue-in-cheek reference to Mötley's great strip club anthem, tempo changes up the wazoo, all revolving around a chorus that is made for beer-soaked backroom rock n' roll shows. The Guns N' Roses-influenced solo during the last chorus neatly brings it all home. Two out of four, keep 'em coming!
More than thirty years down the road, yet even a four-song rock EP contains a ballad. Risky business, but I'll try to keep an open mind to this half-expected and seemingly necessary slower tearjerker song.
"Changes" contains all the elements of a decent ballad, but doesn't take the cake. Don't get me wrong, it's a more than mediocre effort, especially the second power part, but the acoustic first half doesn't do much for me. If I hear a slower song, I expect originality to keep it locked in the back of my head. Unfortunately, I missed that oh so important bit here.
What "Changes" did do, is create a gap between the first two powerful songs and this closer track. "Shout Out" kicks off in your face due to the tempo drop in the song before it, and added to that is the more screaming nature of its chorus. Background ooh-ooh vocals and "Shout" repeats, cheesy but effective. The melodic vocals in the verse provide great contrast with the chorus, and "Shout Out" might be the song Helldorados will be recognized by. Not their most original effort on the EP, but definitely the catchiest and strongest one.
Keep your eyes peeled for this gang of Germans, there's no way in hell they won't leave an impression (and a fucking good one) on their shows. I'm waiting!