The original lineup, circa 1984
Good old fashioned Heavy Metal is so hard to come by these days, it seems. Remember when you used play your favorite Iron Maiden platter until the grooves wore out, or waiting for your favorite record shop to open just so you could grab the latest Dio album? Or how about that night at a Motorhead concert when your girlfriend tossed her cookies on the right sleeve of your battle jacket, after downing one too many Budweisers? Do you remember spending cash you saved up raking leaves to buy that Slayer album, instead of using it to replace that ragged pair of Converse that smelled like ape fur? Well, if you're an old geezer like me, you do.
In case you forgot though, UK band HellsBelles will help you remember those days! Members of the original band (at the time named "Hells Belles", with the space between the two words) formed the band after leaving Discharge in 1984. Now, Discharge I remember, but Hells Belles are one of those bands that got past my radar. The other day they send me a link to their DropBox account, telling me I should have a listen to their music and share it. I told them I would, and I did, and let me tell you, I immediately scoured their site, Amazon and Ebay looking for an album, a CD, a cassette, or some physical manifestation of this awesome music. Unfortunately, my quest was fruitless.
This is real hard and heavy metal, with attitude and style to match! Give a listen, and you won't be disappointed. Somebody ought to put this material on wax, and do it yesterday!
I've uploaded some of their older tracks, but they've got some newer songs that are equally brilliant, in my opinion. They've evolved over the years (I know, that term is probably the most dreaded in Heavy Metal circles), but it's quality stuff that definitely deserves a listen. HellesBelles have a more mature and refined sound these days, and have incorporated other musical elements into their sound, creating a bold, unique brand of metal that transcends genre labels.
You can find the band at Facebook, follow them at Twitter, and check out their site for further information about the band.
In the meantime, crank up these tracks, grab a brew, put your horns up, and bang your head! You can thank me later.