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Postby Justin Foley on Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:14 pm

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Ben Verellen from Harkonen is in a new band - Helms Alee.

I liked Harkonen and really liked their first single. Kinda swampy but muscular heavy rock stuff. I saw them once live and it was really good, more energy than the records and rawer.

They broke up and Ben's been dicking around for a bit and now he's in this new thing. Their new record either just came out or will be out in a bit. It's called Night Terrors.

Starts off with the distorted bass sound that anchored the Harkonen stuff and starts chugging along okay. Song two comes in and Ben starts singing along. Now this guy has a world class rock yell. A really great, musical howl that's also raw as hell. Sounds soooo much more powerful than the brutal vocal shit that everyone's tired of. So he breaks into this a few minutes into this second song and it's satisfying. Then the song turns to the left, slows down and these really pretty but still raw female harmony vocals come in and it's just great . And you know you're in for something special.

As great as it is, it took a while to grow on me, but there's at least one part in pretty much every song that makes me shake my head at how nice it is. Guitar, guy/girl vox, pounding drums, fuzzed out bass playing solid, heavy and clear rock music. All interspersed by these moments of amazing stuff.

This has become my summer of '08 record, the kind you listen to twice a day for like two weeks in a row because it takes over your brain and you ache to listen to it. I love that feeling - it's one of my favorite things about buying records.

I don't imagine that this record's going to cause a huge stir in the world, as it's not unusual or trendy. But regardless, I want to recommend it to you all because it's a special thing they've done and it should be shared by those who would like such a thing.

And fuck you all in the Northwest who get to see them live because I'll bet it's a treat and a half.

Helms Alee - Night Terror

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Postby Pure L on Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:43 pm

jfq wrote:And fuck you all in the Northwest who get to see them live because I'll bet it's a treat and a half.


It is indeed.

Great dude. Great band.
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Postby diego on Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:36 am

This is one of the best releases of this year.
Damn you Justin!!!!!!! You already have it.

I have pre-ordered it.
Can't wait for this record to come out here in Switzerland!!!
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Postby megathor on Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:41 am

These guys played at the Relax bar a couple of weeks ago. And yes, they were good.
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Postby RSMurphy on Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:28 am

Picked this up yesterday and I echo the sentiments. It's a great nighttime record.
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Postby gcbv on Sun Sep 28, 2008 3:40 pm

This is a great album.
But I digress. Please continue with the squirrel circuit semantic debate.
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Postby eephour on Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:19 pm

MrFood wrote:We need more albums like this.
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby crackedmachine on Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:58 pm

Justin from Queens wrote:And fuck you all in the Northwest who get to see them live because I'll bet it's a treat and a half.


Yes. Saw them on Saturday. The drummer is fucking incredible.
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Postby cjh on Tue Sep 30, 2008 6:14 am

MrFood wrote:Am I

Not in the least. Now that you mention it, it has a similar nagging/spindly riff as the opening to Paper Hats. This is a really solid album and comes at a time when I'm starving for something new to listen to (yes, more threads like this one). Thanks again Justin from Queens, I've only just received a copy after the glowing testimonies here and still getting to grips with it, great slabs of muscular rock grunt rubbing next to terribly pretty intermeshing parts. A very welcome tip.
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Postby tallchris on Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:24 pm

After listening to Harkonen's Shake Harder Boy several times this weekend, I finally got around to checking out Helm's Alee. Awesome band. I really like the mix of male and female vocals.

Ben Verellen is also making amps now. I haven't seen or heard one in person, but everything I've heard only raves from those that have.
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Postby eephour on Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:19 pm

The LP just came in the mail today from Reckless. They did a real nice job with it. But I just found out if you order it from Robotic Empire they offer a peach colored vinyl. Anyway, it is a great record and thanks again for the recommendation.
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Postby benadrian on Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:01 pm

My good friends in the band Kowloon Walled City are playing a free show with Helms Alee in SF in November. Should be a hoot.

Also, Kowloon Walled City rules. www.inthewalledcity.com

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Postby chumpchange on Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:10 pm

Great recommendation. I am enjoying this immensely.
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby elmofreech on Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:19 pm

crackedmachine wrote:
Justin from Queens wrote:And fuck you all in the Northwest who get to see them live because I'll bet it's a treat and a half.


Yes. Saw them on Saturday. The drummer is fucking incredible.


Hey, I was at that show too.

Helms Alee played. Then Harvestman (Neurosis' Steve Von Till) and then Akimbo (10th anniversary/record release show -- they played their whole new album). All bands were really great. Monotonix played next door and did some sidewalk snare drumming when we left our show.

Really liked Helms Alee. Haven't picked up the record yet, but I probably will soon. The drummer is the singer/guitarist/bassist for Tacoma's Lozen (http://www.myspace.com/11879515) who are pretty cool themselves.
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby cneutron on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:30 pm

elmofreech wrote:Really liked Helms Alee. Haven't picked up the record yet, but I probably will soon. The drummer is the singer/guitarist/bassist for Tacoma's Lozen (http://www.myspace.com/11879515) who are pretty cool themselves.


I was going to mention this if somebody else didn't already.

I first ever saw Annie from Lozen playing drums in the band TnA (Trina and Annie, get it??), I thought she was a badass then, and she's been badassing it up in Lozen ever since on the stringed instruments and vocals.

However, it would be faaaantastic to see them play again.

I am very sad that I missed this show, as I literally had it my calendar for saturday night... when it was friday night.

All day saturday I was looking forward to the show when I actually missed it the night before.

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Postby anti-aesthetic on Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:55 am

I also endorse this recommendation. Would love to see them play NYC
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby cneutron on Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:10 pm

cneutron wrote:
elmofreech wrote:Really liked Helms Alee. Haven't picked up the record yet, but I probably will soon. The drummer is the singer/guitarist/bassist for Tacoma's Lozen (http://www.myspace.com/11879515) who are pretty cool themselves.


I was going to mention this if somebody else didn't already.

I first ever saw Annie from Lozen playing drums in the band TnA (Trina and Annie, get it??), I thought she was a badass then, and she's been badassing it up in Lozen ever since on the stringed instruments and vocals.

However, it would be faaaantastic to see them play again.

I am very sad that I missed this show, as I literally had it my calendar for saturday night... when it was friday night.

All day saturday I was looking forward to the show when I actually missed it the night before.

FAIL!


For the record, I saw Helms Alee play with the very excellent locals Kowloon Walled City at a free show at the Hemlock in SF, the night after we got back from tour... being at a show was about the last god damn thing I wanted to be at, but hey... it was free, I was broke... why not?

my mind was blown.
I am getting the album.
My mind is not blown very easy.
This band is on to something fantastic.
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby tallchris on Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:44 pm

My favorite album of the year.

Seeing them live this Friday. I'll report back.
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby nick92675 on Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:08 pm

4 months late to the party - just checked them out now, shit is great. can't wait to pick up the record.
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Re: Buy this record: Helms Alee - Night Terror

Postby vockins on Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:30 pm

I got this for Christmas from my sister. It's very good, and I really thought I'd hate it.
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