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Karma's A Bitch
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Vinyl, November 28, 2017
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Limited edition 12" vinyl edition, printed on clear vinyl. Gatefold sleeve with insert.
Regarding my music taste I was first introduced to the Metal scene via bands such as WITHIN TEMPTATION, NIGHTWISH and EPICA; all excellent bands with fantastic front women. Most recently I have preferred those Metal Maidens with a tough, confident presence from the likes of BATTLE BEAST, SISTER SIN and ARCH ENEMY. The most recent band to enter this ever growing list of favoured bands is Los Angeles Metal outfit HELLION and it s thanks to their latest installment Karma s A Bitch . Having been in the music industry for a long time now HELLION have made more demos, EPs and albums that you could shake a stick at. With front lady Ann Boleyn at the helm of their record label too I can tell she is another admirable inspiration to all Metal Maidens including myself. This EP provided the ideal pick me up on my way to my day job this morning on a crisp frosty morning as the cold air prickled my cheeks. The first track Betrayer lures the listener into a false sense of security with an acoustic sounding tune before it cranks up the volume providing us the true intellect of what HELLION are all about; I believe that to be no-nonsense Heavy Metal. The track Hell Has No Fury was a particular emphasize on my journey to work this morning; it encompassed many great qualities of a fantastic Heavy Metal song such as a fist-pumping beat from thunderous drums, straightforward melody and some excellent guitar work through the original riffs and solos. It ends on a positive via the track Til The End leaving the listener wanting more so a truly outstanding EP in my opinion. --Metal Temple by Charlotte Letty Whittington
The recent release of Karma s a Bitch marked the return of the female-fronted Hellion after a decade-long hiatus. Reminiscent of heavy metal from the 70 s and 80 s, this five track mini-LP features inspired performances and catchy metal anthems. Ann Boleyn s vocals carry the same strength, quality, and roar of condemnation demonstrated in Hellion s earlier albums. The impressive talent of each new member of Hellion shines through on this album, as well. With a stellar line-up featuring vocalist Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, Dio, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with Dio and Heaven & Hell), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-and-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily Hellion s strongest line-up ever. The first track, Betrayer, portrays the full spectrum of moods the band has to offer. While it starts off with a mysterious and ghostly introduction, Betrayer quickly blasts into overdrive with a scream from Hell and the raw, powerful vocals which can only come from Boleyn. The title track, Karma s a Bitch, features an anthemic melody which will likely have fans shouting and singing along. Hell Has No Fury, delivers full-tilt metal elevated by an orchestral section and the blistering guitar work of Carlisle. Watch the City Burn eases in with the sound of distant sirens and quickly takes listeners on an in-depth journey into the chaos and anger of a full-blown riot. The final track, Till the End, kicks off with the hammering double-bass power of Wright and features determined lyrics assuring fans that Hellion will be rocking till the end. Overall, this album is short and will leave likely leave listeners craving more. That being said, this album still packs a pretty big punch for its size. If you find that life has been feeling a bit too complacent, Karma s a Bitch may help you find some of that bite you ve been looking for. --Screamer Magazine by Elisa Shire
Hellion began life in the early 1980s, and created some of the most iconic heavy metal songs of the day. Fronted by vocalist Ann Boleyn, the group had a sound all their own, which helped them to stand out from the crowds and maintain a sense of uniqueness no other band could match. Unfortunately, despite creating iconic songs and having their own sound, the group never quiet achieved the mainstream success as a number of their musical peers. That, however, has not stopped the band from persevering and maintaining a strong, loyal fanbase. Over the years, the Hellion lineup has changed considerably, but has always included Ann Boleyn on vocals. In recent years, the lineup has evolved to include some of the best hard rock and heavy metal musicians out there. This lineup includes drummer Simon Wright (Dio, AC/DC), keyboardist Scott Warren, (Dio, Keel), bassist Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen Band), and guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle. It is rare to find straight up, balls-to-the-wall (non glam) heavy metal bands with female vocalists, but Ann Boleyn has been doing her thing with Hellion for over three decades now. Boleyn/Hellion have been criminally underrated for all those years, but it is great to see this new incarnation of the band active and well, still releasing music. As this EP marks the first release of original from the band in nearly a decade, it is a release that has been eagerly awaited by many a fan. Hellion toured in 2014, playing songs from throughout their career. Hellion toured in 2014, playing songs from throughout their career. Do not let the passage of time fool you; Ann Boleyn is still kicking ass in studio and on the stage. The new incarnation of Hellion has some of the most talented artists in hard rock and heavy metal, and it shows from the beginning; while only an EP, this may very well be the strongest collection of tracks Hellion has ever recorded. The gloomy and melodic intro of Betrayer is deceivingly slow and haunting, but it is not long before the band busts right in to doing what they do best. You get straightforward hard, heavy metal on this release, but Scott Warren s keyboards definitely lend a more melodic and progressive element to certain portions of the EP. Boleyn s voice is unmistakable; she is a metal singer that is every bit the equal of her male counterparts and does not let you forget it! Rising guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle is a great addition to the band; his riffs are a standout feature on nearly every song. And who could possibly forget the inclusion of Simon Wright, one of the greatest drummers in the rock and roll world? In a mere five tracks, Boleyn and company serve up what just might be the best selection of songs to ever carry the Hellion name. This EP kicks ass, and no fan of hard rock or heavy metal should be without it. The Hellion name deserves far more recognition than it gets, and a release like this should show you exactly why. Very highly recommended; here is hoping we get more releases from this incarnation of the band; hands down the finest lineup Hellion has ever known! --ZRockR by Taylor Carlson