An explosion of high energy rock & roll
Swedish rock group, The Hellacopters, are back with new music with a full-length studio album titled Eyes of Oblivion. The album consists of 10-tracks and is the first collection of new music since the group’s temporary farewell album Head Off in 2008.
The Hellacopters were formed in 1994 by vocalist and guitarist Nicke Andersson, guitarist Andreas Tyrone “Dregen” Svensson, bassist Kenny Håkansson and drummer Matz Robert Eriksson. The group quickly became one of the most influential rock bands during the 1990s and 2000s garage rock revival in Sweden. Following their award-winning debut album Supershitty to the Max! the band toured alongside Kiss as their opening act. In 2008, The Hellacopters disbanded only to return eight years later to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album. Though the group returned in 2016, they have not released new music since 2008, that is until now, with their eighth studio album Eyes of Oblivion.
The Hellacopters kick off Eyes of Oblivion with an explosion of high energy in the opening track “Reap A Hurricane.” The initial guitar riffs are played subtly, intriguing curiosity, then are quickly matched by a fast-paced drum beat and blown away by Andersson’s vocals. The track features a killer guitar solo which reignites a spark in the song, just when things seem to be slowing down. Andersson’s vocals are equivalent to a match, setting off a fire throughout the album.
Several tracks carry the spirit of ’80s hair bands such as the title track “Eyes of Oblivion,” “A Plow And A Doctor” and especially “Tin Foil Soldier.” The beloved kick-ass high energy shines in snappy, fiery drum tracks such as “Positively Not Knowing” and “Try Me Tonight.” One track that stands out is the soulful blues-rock track “So Sorry I Could Die.” The groovy rhythm is incredibly hard to resist moving to, and the powerful beat is hypnotizing. The sassiness in Anders Lindström’s keys accentuates Anderson’s vocals, and it is all topped off by insane guitar solos.
Eyes of Oblivion sums up the music career of The Hellacopters and proves that the band still carries an incredibly passionate energy. This album was worth the 14-year wait as every track is pure perfection with killer guitar riffs, sassy keys, fiery drums and much more.