Swedish high energy rock and roll band THE HELLACOPTERS will release their 8th studio album called “Eyes Of Oblivion” on April 1st, 2022! Produced by Nicke Andersson & Chips Kisbye (who has overseen every Hellacopters album since “High Visibility” in the year 2000), it will be the band’s first full-length since the release of their temporary farewell record “Head Off” in 2008.
As of today, you can pre-order “Eyes Of Oblivion” in a variety of formats, including a nice selection of gorgeous looking vinyls (scroll down for details) as well as a limited 2CD Box Set containing four bonus tracks!
In celebration THE HELLACOPTERS are sharing with you the album’s second single, its highly addictive title track, “Eyes Of Oblivion.“
THE HELLACOPTERS EYES OF OBLIVION Release Date: April 1st, 2022
Reap A Hurricane
Can It Wait
So Sorry i Could Die
Eyes Of Oblivion
A Plow And A Doctor
Positively Not Knowing
Tin Foil Soldier
The Pressure’s On
Try Me Tonight
NICKE ANDERSSON (vocals & guitars) comments: “The album has 10 songs and although it’s obviously not easy to be objective at all, I think musically it sums up everything we’ve touched upon from the start in 1994 up until now. Some of the songs date back as far as 10 years or more, and some were written more recently. It’s rock and roll played with high energy, so for lack of a better term I say High Energy Rock And Roll. You could say it sounds like The Beatles meets Judas Priest or Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the Ramones but the best way to describe this album is that it sounds like The Hellacopters today.“
Nuclear Blast is proud to anounce a new studio album by legendary Swedish high energy rock and roll band THE HELLACOPTERS called “Eyes Of Oblivion,” which is set to be released on April 1st, 2022. It will be the first album since the release of their temporary farewell record “Head Off” in 2008! And boy, y’all are in for a treat!
NICKE ANDERSSON (vocals & guitars) reveals: “The album has 10 songs and although it’s obviously not easy to be objective at all, I think musically it sums up everything we’ve touched upon from the start in 1994 up until now. Some of the songs date back as far as 10 years or more, and some were written more recently. It’s rock and roll played with high energy, so for lack of a better term I say High Energy Rock And Roll. You could say it sounds like The Beatles meets Judas Priest or Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the Ramones but the best way to describe this album is that it sounds like The Hellacopters today.”
To celebrate the kickoff of this new chapter of THE HELLACOPTERS, the Swedes are sharing with you a BRAND NEW SINGLE, the anthemic album opener, “Reap A Hurricane”! The song presents itself as a potential future fan-favourite with all of the juicy riffs and in-your-face swagger you could’ve possibly hoped for, topped off with a captivating chorus that won’t leave your head any time soon. In short – it sounds as if the band had never been away!
“Reap A Hurricane” continues the good old HELLACOPTERS tradition of releasing physical 7inch singles in each album cycle. The 7inch vinyl of “Reap A Hurricane” will be released on February 4th, 2022, and it features an exclusive song called “Done Fighting” on its B-side. The 7inch is available in two different colour variants, red and green, which applies to both the vinyl and the respective cover.
THE HELLACOPTERS were formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson (vocals and guitar), Dregen (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). At that time Andersson was renowned in the metal scene for his work in well-known Swedish death metal band ENTOMBED and Dregen had built a reputation as co-founder and guitarist of his main band BACKYARD BABIES.
Next to THE HIVES and THE BACKYARD BABIES, THE HELLACOPTERS are considered one of the most important and influential Swedish rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s – they achieved two Gold certifications, won the Swedish Grammy and a Kerrang! award, have amassed 100 million streams to date and have supported and toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top or the Foo Fighters. They have released seven albums, ranging fuzzed-out & supercharged garage punk on “Supershitty To The Max!” (1996) & “Payin’ The Dues” (1997) to perfectly crafted & soulful high-energy rock’n’roll with a strong vintage vibe on the following albums, “Grande Rock” (1999), “High Visibility” (2000), “By The Grace Of God” (2002) and “Rock & Roll Is Dead” (2005). A compilation of cover songs called “Head Off” was released in 2008 and marked the band’s last album before ultimately dissolving. In addition THE HELLACOPTERS have released almost four dozen singles, splits and EPs until this day, most of which got the limited 7inch or 10inch vinyl treament, making them a vinyl collector’s dream … or worst nightmare.
THE HELLACOPTERS reunited in 2016 to play a few shows for the 20th anniversary of their debut album, and have proven an unstoppable force ever since, performing at Sweden Rock Festival, Psycho Las Vegas, Download, Hellfest, Roskilde, Ilosaarirock, among others. In October 2021 they announced that they had signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records and a new album would be in the works for Spring 2022.
Legendary Swedish high energy rock’n’roll band THE HELLACOPTERS have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records! To celebrate the new partnership, their classic third album, “Grande Rock,” from 1999 has been made available on digital services for the first time ever. Furthermore, the band has wrapped up the recording of a brand new HELLACOPTERS studio album which will see the light of day in Spring 2022! Stay tuned for more updates!
Click here to listen to the single “The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord“.
A remastered version of the vintage video clip for the smashing single and long-time fan-favourite “The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord” (taken from “Grande Rock”) can be watched here:
THE HELLACOPTERS front man Nicke Andersson comments:”The excitement levels are sky high over here at camp Hellacopter. I know I said this was never gonna happen but I was wrong. Once in a blue moon that’s the case and not only do we have a brand new album ready to be unleashed upon you, dear disciples of the rock – we also have the immense pleasure of doing this together with the finest of folks at Nuclear Blast Records. Good times ahead indeed!“
Jens Prüter, Head Of A&R Nuclear Blast Europe comments:”I was more than happy to see The Hellacopters again at their recent reunion shows. To quote Dave Grohl from an interview at the Australian Big Day Out Festival (where the band played with the Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chilli Peppers): “The Hellacopters are amazing. They’re one of the best bands you’ve ever seen in your life. I’m telling you. It’s amazing.” Of course, at the reunion shows I asked the band if they would also do a new album, but I didn’t want to build my dreams up too high. But I guess dreams can come true. Special thanks to Nicke, Robert, Boba, Dregen and their manager Patrick for giving Nuclear Blast the opportunity to work with The Hellacopters. The upcoming album proves that they are still amazing. I’m telling you.“
THE HELLACOPTERS Grande Rock (1999)
01. Action De Grâce 02. Alright Already Now 03. Move Right Out Of Here 04. Welcome To Hell 05. The Electric Index Eel 06. Paul Stanley 07. The Devil Stole The Beat From The Lord 08. Dogday Mornings 09. Venus In Force 10. 5 vs. 7 11. Lonely 12. Renvoyer
THE HELLACOPTERS were formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson (vocals and guitar), Andreas Tyrone “Dregen” Svensson (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). Andersson is renowned for his work in death metal band ENTOMBED and Dregen from his main band BACKYARD BABIES. Together with THE HIVES, THE HELLACOPTERS are considered one of the most important and influential Swedish rock bands – they achieved two Gold certifications, won the Swedish grammy and a Kerrang! award, and have amassed 100 million streams to date. The Hellacopters reunited in 2016 and have proven an unstoppable force ever since, performing at Sweden Rock Festival, Psycho Las Vegas, Download, Hellfest, Roskilde, Ilosaarirock, and many more.
Behind The Scenes Of “Grande Rock”:
“In September 1998 we had made around 100 shows, after our previous album “Payin’ The Dues” was released in Oct ’97, and decided it was time to record a new album, our third. We wanted to try out something new and entered Silence Studios in Koppom, the darkest woods of western Sweden, instead of Sunlight Studio in central Stockholm, which had been our main studio up until then. We were also one guitar player short. Original guitarist Dregen had just quit the band a few months earlier and since we hadn’t found a steady replacement at the time it was decided that Anders “Boba” Lindström would play second guitar as well as piano and organ. We had the intention of doing it all by ourselves in this remote residential studio without any distractions whatsoever. The basic tracks were done in only three days and then Kenny Håkansson (bass) and myself left to see The Rolling Stones in Stockholm. Nicke and Boba soldiered on and a week later when the rhythm section came back to the studio, most of the guitars and vocals were already done. When the album was finished, the touring for the previous album continued in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and USA/Canada for another 3 months leaving the record to be mixed without any of the band members present, also the only time this has ever happened.
“Grande Rock” turned out to be a landmark album and the first one of ours that was released simultaneously in May 1999 by four different labels in four different continents (!). Right before it was released we had recruited Robert “Strings” Dahlqvist on second guitar who became Dregens official replacement. The Grande Rock World Tour followed and saw the band playing 130 shows in 25 countries.
Now, in 2021, 22 years after its initial release and since long a hot item within record collectors and only available through second hand record stores, “Grande Rock” will for the first time ever be out digitally on all platforms.”
(And this is not the end of Grande Rock either, more news will follow.)
Sincerely, Robert Eriksson, THE HELLACOPTERS
The Hellacopters – Live in Concert 2021 15 Dec – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, Norway 17 Dec – Globen – Stockholm, Sweden 18 Dec – Göransson Arena – Sandviken, Sweden 19 Dec – Luttako – Jyväskylä, Finland 20 Dec – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland 21 Dec – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
The Hellacopters – Live in Concert 2022 08 – 11 Jun – Sweden Rock, Sweden 15 – 18 Jun – Copenhell, Denmark 16 Jul – Ingolstadt, Phnx Rising Festival, Germany 27 Aug – Hamburg, Damage Done Fest, Germany
According to Bravewords.com, VELVET IN SANE‘s Jesper “Jeeper” Lindgren has organized a tribute concert in memory of rock manager Michael Sundén (BACKYARD BABIES, CRASHDÏET, HELLACOPTERS, RONNIE JAMES DIO, etc.), who who passed away this spring in a tragic accident in England. Sundén suffered fatal head injuries in the basement at Rock City in Nottingham. It is believed he slipped and hit his head on a brick wall.
The concert will be held on October 8th at The Old Theatre in Östersund, Sweden. Artists scheduled to perform include: Nicke Borg (Backyard Babies), Robert “Strängen” Dahlqvist (Hellacopters), STATE OF DRAMA, Velvet In Sane, LAS DIVAS, and ANDERS TENGNER.
Says Jesper “Jeeper” Lindgren: “Michael quickly became a father figure to me and gave me hopes and dreams. I want to put on this concert to show him, and the world, how much he gave me and so many other artists around the globe. He was a fantastic person!
Guitarist Dregen (MICHAEL MONROE, BACKYARD BABIES, THE HELLACOPTERS) has issued the following update:
“I am so happy to announce that I just signed a deal with Swedish book publisher Nordstedts! My autobiography will be out autumn 2013. The writers name is Tore S Börjesson and it will be available in Swedish, English & Japanese to start with.”
Dregen has been busy planning his next solo album, as well as recording the upcoming Michael Monroe album, both due next year.