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Canadian hard rock/heavy metal outfit Helix has announced that is currently putting together a compilation album, which is set to include new songs, with the intention of release this Autumn. A message from mainman Brian Vollmer reads as follows:
"Our focus at present is working on projects we already have on the go. For starters, on Thursday morning we all got together at A Studios in London to bang out some ideas on the new tunes before we record ‘em. Some of the ideas worked, others didn’t, but we managed to kick out three rough demos to take home and listen to. This Tuesday we’ll take another crack at it. When everyone is in agreement, then we’ll start recording…
"The plan at moment is to put together a compilation CD for a fall release. We plan on having five new tracks plus songs from When Pigs Fly, Vagabond Bones, and Power of Rock and Roll. This could all change if the songs we’re recording now turn out to be so amazing that we feel we should go with an entire CD of new material. There are several reasons I’ve chosen to go with a compilation CD versus a new CD, but it’s not like my decision is based in stone. We’ll see how it goes…"
Canadian hard rock act Helix has posted a new video online containing footage from the band's recent stint in the recording studio. Helix are currently preparing to release an acoustic album, titled "Smash Hits Unplugged." The new acoustic release features 12 of the band's classic songs re-worked and recorded. "Smash Hits Unplugged" was recorded at A Studios in London, Ontario, Canada with producer Aaron Murray. You can view the video below:
Canadian hard rockers Helix have revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming acoustic album, titled "Smash Hits Unplugged." "Smash Hits Unplugged" was recorded recorded at A Studios in London, Ontario with co-producer Aaron Murray. The album is planned for release in November.
"Smash Hits Unplugged" tracklisting:
1. Rock You
2. Heavy Metal Love
3. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
4. Make Me Do (Anything You Want)
5. Wild In The Streets/No Rest For The Wicked
6. Deep Cuts The Knife
7. The Kids Are All Shakin'
8. Dream On
9. That Day Is Gonna Come
10. Good To The Last Drop
11. A Touch of Magic (James Leroy cover)
Canadian hard rock outfit Helix has posted their new music video online for the song, "Monday Morning Meltdown." You can check it out below. The track comes from their latest studio album, "Vagabond Bones" which is available now. More...
Helix has posted their new music video for "Make ‘Em Dance" online. The song comes off their upcoming album entitled "Vagabond Bones." The video was directed by: Francis Coral-Mellon. Watch the video below:
Canadian heavy metal outfit Helix has announced that they are currently working on two music videos for the songs "Make 'em Dance" and "Monday Morning Meltdown." Both songs appear on the bands latest studio album, "Vagabond Bones." A message from the band reads as follows:
"When Vagabond Bones first came out Brent (Doerner) put together a video for the title track, which to date has gotten over 5,000 hits on YouTube. YouTube is the way to go nowadays for a variety of reasons. First off, it’s near to impossible for bands like Helix to have new videos added to MuchMusic because it’s doesn’t fit their format. It’s also very costly to make a 'made-for-TV' video. This requires money we don’t have for something that might never see the light of day on Much. So why go there?
"Launching videos on YouTube allows us an excuse to touch bases with fans and friends by sending them the link to the new video. In the case of Helix I always laugh at the thought that a lot of people will be checking out the videos to see how we’ve all aged (or not). Kinda like going back to your high school reunion without leaving home. We look/sound fine, thankyou. When I sent out the links to the Christmas videos I got a lot of emails from people who had watched them. We also saw increased sales of the Christmas CD as a direct result.
"In the case of the newest videos the obvious objective is to spread the word about our new CD Vagabond Bones. The biggest help you can give the band as a fan is simply to pass the video link on to as many contacts as you have to help spread the word. We believe Vagabond Bones is a great Helix CD which deserves as much exposure as we can possibly give it. This is only one of the ways we are trying to get it 'out there'.
"We’re now shooting for the last week of January to release either 'Monday Morning Meltdown' or 'Make ‘Em Dance' to Canadian radio by DMDS. Yesterday we filmed most of 'Make ‘Em Dance' at an undisclosed location in Woodstock, Ontario. We also filmed segments of Monday Morning Metdown - the “storyline” portions. In a couple of hours I’ll be back there with the rest of the gang to film the remainder of 'Monday Morning Meltdown'. 'Make ‘Em Dance' will then be edited by the audio/visual people from Conestoga College and Brent will edit 'Monday Morning Meltdown'. Brent is also putting together a clip called 'The making of Make ‘em Dance & M.M. Meltdown'. For this Randy and several other people were filming as the day wore on. It’s a behind the scenes look at a low budget video production. Could be interesting..."
Brian Vollmer of Canadian metallers Helix has issued the following update about the band's upcoming live shows:
"It’s been an exciting week here at Planet Helix, what with working radio and press on the new CD and getting ready to head to eastern Canada for a whirlwind four day tour. I’ve contacted quite a few fans through Facebook about coming out. As well, I’ve been interviewed by radio stations in every market (in some cases, like Fredericton-two-Fred FM and The Fox.), offered the band up for supper with fans (this is tied in with radio), and been interviewed by several print publications. The band has had several full practices and many private ones as well. By that I mean Brent and Kaleb have been spending days together making sure all the songs are perfect; ditto for Daryl and Fritz. We’ve put the William Tell Overture back into the set, along with Shot Full of Love (from the Wild in the Streets CD). That song was Brent’s idea, and it feels pretty good even at practices, which is an indication that it will work particularly well in a live situation where everyone’s adrenaline is flowing.
"I’ve also had a couple of things made up by my next door neighbor Tim Liinamaa, who owns PRINT STUDIO here in London. I’ve been looking around for stands for the merch booth for a while now. It’s very difficult in some of these clubs to attach signs or backdrops to the wall. Nowadays Business Depot and other print shops sell portable stands. They’re quite pricey. Just for the stand they can run over $200. Then you have to purchase the banner that goes on that. You could easily spend $600 on two signs and banners. In two days Tim put together a backdrop, a stand, and poster for the merch booth. More...
Vocalist, Brian Vollmer, of Canadian metal band, HELIX, has issued the following update:
"This has to most unpredictable years in the history of the band, but somehow through all of it the band has ‘evolved’ to a new level. The ironic thing is that we’ve come full circle, back to the start with the reunification of the original line-up from the 80’s-Fritz/Brent/Daryl/and myself, and a new CD destined for release in the fall, tentatively entitled ‘Vagabond Bones,’ which harkens back to our roots, yet sounds contemporary. The first three tracks, which have been heard by several people in the industry now, have been getting high marks. Notable in this regard is Derek Oliver of Rock Candy Records, which over the past several years has released re-mastered versions of Walking the Razor’s Edge and No Rest for the Wicked. Derek was also a writer for KERRANG Magazine back in the day. Derek thinks this is some of the best stuff he’s ever heard from us." More...
Canadian hard rockers Helix have issued the following statement about playing at this year's London Music Awards:
"Helix will be closing this year’s London Music Awards on Wednesday, June 10th, 7P.M. at the London Music Hall. Tickets are available at the Grand Theatre Box Office, by phone at 1-800-265-1593 and online at grandtheatre.com."
British heavy metal legends Saxon are the latest act to be confirmed for the South Texas Rock Fest which will be held in San Antonio, Texas between May 22nd and May 24th. Also on the bill are Queensryche, Dangerous Toys, Days Of The New, Helix, The Rods, Seven Mary Three and Sponge. More bands are expected to be announced soon.
Canadian hard rockers Helix have issued the following update about their original line-up reuniting to record an AC/DC cover song:
"I’ve been getting a lot of mail commenting on the band (from the No Rest for the Wicked line-up) is getting back together to record “IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP IF YOU WANNA ROCK AND ROLL”. This week there were good vibes all ‘round.
"Fritz (Greg Hinz) came in to lay down the drum tracks on Sunday. His common law wife Brenda Sherred, who is also one of our closest friends, came along to spend the day with Lynda back at Planet Helix. They brought along the new addition to their family-Tanner-a puppy Labrador Retriever-to keep Harmony occupied as well.
"The tracks went quickly and well. Fritz was in his glory and you could tell he was having a blast. Gord and Aaron were also all smiles at the prospect of recording someone they grew up as kids listening to. After the session Fritz and I headed back to Planet Helix for supper and to catch the first half of the Super bowl game. More...
Front man Brian Vollmer of Canadian hard rock act Helix has issued the following 2008 year-end recap:
"What a great year it was! We began the year still working the POWER OF ROCK AND ROLL CD. I was coaching Rudy Blair of 680 news for the media portion of Canadian Idol and ----HE WON! Rudy gave his prize of $1,000 to the Alzheimer’s Society . Congrats Rudy. (*Editor’s note: Rudy was featured in Homes and Condominiums in The Toronto Sun on Saturday Jan. 4th). We played a sold out show in our hometown of London, Ontario to start off the year-a good omen. A sad gig was our only time playing at Healey’s in Toronto, only to find out the next day that Jeff had passed away on the same evening…He will be missed…In the spring Then in July we played South Texas Rock Festival in San Antonio, Texas. Tom Mathers met us at the airport and took us to several record in stores that he had set up. 30,000 rabid fans attended the festival that weekend in 100-120 degree heat. It was the HOTTEST gig we ever played! Returning to Canada we played several northern Ontario runs and played in the following cities: Thunder Bay, Geraldton, (with April Wine), North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, before heading to eastern Canada. More...
Saliva has been confirmed to appear at the Rock Gone Wild festival which will take place on August 20th-23rd in Algona, Iowa. There will be over 50 bands performing at the festival which features two stages and will be held at the Freedom Park festival grounds.
The lineup for the festival so far is as follows:
Puddle Of Mudd
Helix vocalist Brian Vollmer has posted the following message on the band's official website:
"The day after Halloween we will be releasing the first-ever HELIX Christmas CD entitled 'HELIX - Heavy Mental Christmas'. The CD will be available in Walmart stores across Canada, and we have been told it will be front racked, along with the soon-to-be-released AC/DC and METALLICA CDs. The CD will be distributed by Fontana/Universal.
"We are very excited about this project, and with good reason. We’ve done some different versions of traditional Christmas songs, as well as taking a few contemporary numbers and jazzing them up, ie. 'Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time' by Paul McCartney. We also found a gem in Bob Segar’s 'Sock It To Me Santa' and even penned one of our own, a MOTÖRHEAD-sounding ditty entitled, 'It’s Christmastime Again'. The CD is being recorded at 'A' Studios in London, Ontario. Gord Prior is producing with Aaron Murray engineering.
"The release of 'Heavy Mental Christmas' will coincide with a western Canadian tour in November. We also hope to play our hometown of London around the same time period. We will announce our tour dates as we get them."
HELIX frontman Brian Vollmer has issued the following update:
"I spent several days this week with John Hockley going though hours of footage taken with my Sony cam over the past couple of years. We’re taking the best scenes and putting them on a disc. Once that disc is together we’ll be editing it even more. Some of it we’ll launch on YouTube, some will go on a year end DVD, and we could even include some footage an a “bonus” DVD with the next CD. There’s a lot of potential for all of this footage. The biggest problem is what to throw out and what to keep. We may also add scenes to the upcoming video for “Fill Your Head With Rock”, possibly effecting the footage so it won’t look out of whack with the High Def. We’ll see..."
Upcoming Helix live dates in support of their new album, "The Power Of Rock And Roll", can be found here.
Canuck hard rock legends HELIX are the latest act confirmed for the Javelina Harley Davidson Festival which is being held on July 11th and 12th in Boerne, TX. Confirmed acts also include: Y&T, KROKUS, SKID ROW, and L.A. GUNS. More acts will be announced soon.
HELIX's Brian Vollmer has posted the following update:
"Last Sunday lead singer of QUIET RIOT, Kevin DuBrow, was found dead at his home. We would like to express our condolences to his family.
As most of you know, we toured with Quiot Riot and WHITESNAKE in the summer of 1984 through 20,000 seat halls all across the United States. I became friends with Kevin during that tour, and two years ago we met up again at a festival we were playing together.
This week John Hockley came to Planet Helix and we went through the archives to pick out some of my Super 8 home movie footage I had of that tour as well as a couple of clips that I filmed with my Sony cam the last time I saw Kevin and Franki."
You can view that footage below... More...
On Saturday, November 3rd on Global and The Men's Channel the first episode of Biker TV will air with the Helix theme song “Baby Likes to Ride”. You can catch the times of the show in your area by going to www.bikertv.ca. More Helix music is mixed into the body of the show with more to come.
All female act SCARLET SINS have confirmed as the support act for HELIX at Rock N' Roll Heaven in Toronto, Ontario on November 9th. Scarlet Sins' live schedule is now as follows:
25 - Montreal, QC - The Saints
9 - Toronto, ON - Rock N' Roll Heaven
16 - tba
17 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Scarlet Sins' self-titled debut is currently available at CDBaby.com. The complete tracklist is as follows: 'Let Go', 'Drown', 'Above Ground', 'Own Truth', 'With You', 'Reborn', 'Strangelove', 'Are You Worth It', 'Backstabber', 'Broken', 'Fire Inside', 'Entre', 'No Arguments'. It was produced by Rich Chycki, known for his work with RUSH, AEROSMITH, and DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie.
Canadian rock legends HELIX have issued the following update:
"This week we were confirmed for Molly Blooms in Kitchener for November 10th and in Thunder Bay on December 23rd at the Prosvita Club (a GIANT presents). We're asking fans in both those cities to phone their respective radio stations and request 'Get Up!' to radio. In Kitchener it's KOOL FM at 514-884-4470 and in Thunder Bay it's The Giant at 807-344-2000. Then on September 29th we're in Port Elgin at the Provisa Club, as part of a 94.5 The Bull Presents. You can only win tickets to this gig. To request the song phone: 519-357-1310. We're on heavy rotation here, let's keep it going with lots of requests!
Now that summer is over, we will be aggressively looking for dates for the upcoming six months. The CD is just starting to kick in and we're all hoping that 2008 is going to be our best year yet. Our goal next year will be to return to Europe and to play more US dates. In the past couple of years we've done a couple of runs south. Over the past two years we played Florida, Ohio, and New York State and coming up in October we have dates in Wisconsin and Minnesota. I've talked to Tom Mathers from Perris about pushing us to get on next year's Rocklahoma and also about the possibility of putting together some Texas dates. Texas was the state that broke Helix and we had a strong following there for many years. I'm also talking with agents/promoters about getting Helix back over to Europe. A couple of weeks ago Sanctuary (our European record company) was bought out by Universal. Steve Hammonds, who signed Helix to the label, has been made president of Sanctuary Division under the Universal label. This could turn out to be a very good thing for us, as the company has been somewhat in limbo for about a year. We've been getting a fair number of orders for the new CD from Europe, and excellent reviews from the European press, especially on Sleazemetal.com (Sweden), Strutter Magazine (Germany), and This Is Rock (Spain). Steve Price of ARFM Radio and Total Rock Radio, (both from the UK) and Heavy Generations from France have all been giving us airplay. On Monday I'll be interviewed by telephone by Pierre from Heavy Generations for an interview to be played at a later date. C'est la vie!"