GENRE..... Gothic Rock, Industrial, Electro, Gothic
LABEL..... Az Tech Room Studios
QUALITY..... 320kbps / Joint-Stereo
Shortly after hugely acclaimed album “White Me In Black Me Out”, Italian
Metallic Goth Rockers HELALYN FLOWERS come back with new EP “Videodope”
including 5 unreleased songs taken from different periods of the first
era of the band, that runs from the debut-album back in 2007 up to the
latest release in 2013. Exclusive to this release, a brand new bombastic
remix of “Alkaline Twins” can be heard as opening song.
Songs “Starchild” and “Videodope [Just One Day]” are among the very
first the band wrote for the “White Me In Black Me Out” album. They
shortly followed the “Stitches Of Eden” album while the band was
searching for the sound that marks their latest record. You’ll hear how
the 80s Synth Pop and Dark Wave influences of the second album cross a
renewed approach ever close to Metal sonorities as well as to a gloomier
taste for Dark/Goth and electronics.
Now HELALYN FLOWERS revive these two songs and give to the fans the
chance to finally know what’s in between “Stitches Of Eden” and “White
Me In Black Me Out” and to hear a bit of the evolution of the band
during those 3 years (2010-2013) of stylistic research and refinement.
So, they’re more than simple outtakes but important keys to the band’s
Another semi-unknown bridge in the career of the band is represented by
the tryptich “Wide Awake” – “Apocalypse” – “Bleed”. These songs were
recorded during fall 2008 and acted as a demo for the songs as the
follow-up to the first album “A Voluntary Coincidence” was supposed to
play. Listening to these tracks immediately you can hear much more Metal
than in the debut release. Influences from North European Gothic Metal,
Thrash, Groove Metal and even some Symphonic Black Metal are fully
tangible and audible, still maintaining the band’s own trademark always
recognizable in N0emi Aurora’s uniquely powerful vocal range and in
Max’s aggressive and ghostly taste for riffs and synthesizers. “Wide
Awake” was aired for a month or two on the main media before the band
decided to not follow up that stuff. The highly melodic and surrealistic
atmospheres of second album “Stitches Of Eden” (2009) are a proof of
that. Many fans didn’t forget that briefly shared tunes and still today
HELALYN FLOWERS receive requests of getting those songs officially
released once and for all.
So, this new EP in some way is a gift for those faithful individuals who
really loved and supported the band during their almost ten-year
career. Also, it’s a pure and simple celebration of HELALYN FLOWERS’s
music, apart from its temporal position.