HELLDORADOS – Lessons in Decay
Sleaze metal with punk and thrash overtones, expect tongue in cheek humor when checking out this second album "Lessons in Decay" from Germany’s Helldorados. How can you take seriously titles like "The Devil Takes the Hindmost" or the bluesy Sacred Reich meets The Darkness musical pounding for "Seven Deadly Sins" where ‘this nightmare is the best I’ve ever had’- never mind the food parade for "Something Sweet". Pierre’s sarcastic, whiny vocals can be a blessing and a curse, depending solely on the feel of the song at hand.
Guitarist Steve, bassist Gunnar and drummer Chris can muster up a lot of metal muscle and tricks of the gallop/ energy trade when they want to: check out the peppy "By the Progress" and "To Live is To Die" for some of their best work. This is low brow, common denominator party-oriented material that should send people rolling in the aisles – 11 tracks in a tidy 40 minutes. It’s good for a lark, but nothing that will keep me returning for incessant playbacks.