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Skin In The Game (E.P.)
Released: 2011, Helix Records
Reviewer: Celtic Bob
SKIN IN THE GAME is the new 5 song E.P. from the Hardest Working Band in Rock n Roll; Helix. This release is the follow-up to VAGABOND BONES and the group’s second disc since the Classic 80’s line-up reunited (3rd if you count the SMASH HITS UNPLUGGED).
The disc begins with Helix main-man Brian Vollmer yelling “Gentlemen, Start your engines!” then Brent and Kaleb let loose with some blistering guitar. They are soon joined by Daryl and Fritz for an all out Metal assault of “The William Tell Overture”. You’ve never heard it like this before. Fast, heavy and in your face. Next up is the title track which starts off with more of the same great guitar. This song has a real catchy chorus. Track 3, “The Bitch Is A Bullet” is my current favorite on the disc. An excellent hard rocking tune and as with the title track a very catchy chorus. Next up is “Angelina” which should be a Radio Hit. It has all the makings of a Top 40 Rock song, or what one should be. Great vocals, some nice tempo changes and excellent playing. If this doesn’t get airplay then radio is more fucked up than I thought. Ending off the E.P. is “Champagne Communist” which is one of the coolest song titles ever. Another Radio-friendly song with some great lyrics. The intro doesn’t grab you at first but the rest of the song makes up for it. Another excellent tune.
An excellent release from Helix with some great songwriting. It would have been nice to see some songs written with the band members though.The band is getting back to where they should be for us Metal and Hard Rock fans who love the heavier edge of LONGWAY TO HEAVEN and WALKIN’ THE RAZOR’S EDGE. With a bit of luck the next release will be a bit heavier.
01. The William Tell Overture
02. Skin In The Game
03. The Bitch Is A Bullet
05. Champagne Communist
Greg 'Fritz' Hinz
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