hel­lions

Rue (UNFD)

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It was never go­ing to be easy for Hel­lions to fol­low ‘Opera Oblivia’. The dra­ma­core debonairs reached a peak with the rich and rav­aging the­atri­cal­ity of LP3. So rather than strive to re­pro­duce its anoma­lous spark, the Syd­ney crew has taken a leap in a new di­rec­tion with Rue. Bright, bouncy gui­tar lines and em­phat­i­cally chanted gang vo­cals pil­lar the record at large, the group leap­ing hic­cup-free be­tween hot and heavy dance-floor an­thems ( Odyssey, X) and op­er­atic scenes of song-writ­ing bravado ( The Lo­tus, Rue). But where Rue stands out most is that Faivre isn’t the band’s de-facto ‘front­man’ on it. Rather, all four mem­bers throw equal weight into the mix, stand­out mo­ments gifted to each of their di­verse and dy­namic tal­ents. Such means that even though Rue is Hel­lions’ first al­bum as a quar­tet, their sound is larger and more fully re­alised than ever. Matt Do­ria

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