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Hellfueled
Midnight Lady – EP
March 2005
Released: 2005, Black Lodge/Sound Pollution
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Hellfueled was formed in Huskvarna, Sweden during –98 by Jocke and Kent, but at that time under the name ‘Below’. As ‘Below’ they recorded one demo, but were later contacted by a band from New York that had the same name. ‘Below’ became ‘Firebug’ and another demo was recorded, making everything seem fine, but history repeated itself. A band from Chicago claimed the name ‘Firebug’ and once again our guys changed their name, this time to ‘Hellfueled’.



After a lot of hard work they recorded another 7 track demo, which was when things started to happen. Their songs were played on the radio and Andy gave up his bass playing, focusing only on the vocals. Henke took care of the bass work and Jocke became the only guitarist in the band.



In –03 Black Lodge/Sound Pollution signed Hellfueled, and they went into the famous Fredman Studio in Gothenburg, Sweden to record their first studio album. Fredrik Nordström produced the album and Patrik J Stein engineered their debut album, called “VOLUME ONE”. During last year Hellfueled was a supporting act to Europé on their winter tour; also doing live shows in Sweden on their own.



This EP includes three songs, plus one video for the computer. “Midnight Lady” is featured twice, both as a video and a song. The song is taken from their debut album, and there are also two unreleased songs titled “Endless Work” and “Big Fat Eight”.



“Midnight Lady” was recorded in Studio Fredman; the other two songs being recorded by Hellfueled. The production sounds better on “Midnight Lady” compared to the other two songs; understandable because it’s produced by Fredrik Nordström.



Henke and Kent deliver a stable rhythm section, with Jocke having nice heavy/rough, and sharp guitar work. Andy sounds almost exactly like Ozzy when he sings, and so alike that you almost think it’s Ozzy who is singing.



I’d describe Hellfueled’s music as heavy 70’s hard rock, influenced by dirty garage rock’n’roll with many tempo changes. In other words, you can say that Hellfueled play stoner rock.



If you have by some reason missed this bands debut album, this EP can be a good way of discovering Hellfueled. If you’re into stoner rock this album is a must, or if you already have the debut you can buy this in order to hear the unreleased songs.



I have nothing remotely negative to say about these guys, this EP impresses me big time.



Favorite track is “Midnight Lady”.
Track Listing

Midnight Lady
Endless Work (Demo)
Big Fat Eight (Demo)

Midnight Lady (Video)

Lineup

Andy Alkman – Lead vocals
Jocke Lundgren – Guitar
Henke Lönn – Bass
Kent Svensson – Drums


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