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Helix “No Rest For The Wicked” – a cool 1983 album and Heavy Metal Band

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main-150-1Helix is a Heavy Metal band, (originating from Canada), one that I got the biggest Metal kick out of, back in the 1980’s. Released in 1983, “No Rest For The Wicked” is in my Metal opinion, one really cool Heavy Metal album… period. Helix has two very memorable songs off of this album, these songs are melodic and heavy, (yes, that is what the majority of 1980’s Heavy Metal was about… melodic and heavy. These two adjectives do coexist in song, no matter what any other professionally paid Rock Music critics may think. The two songs I am pointing out are: “Heavy Metal Love” and “White Lace and Black Leather”. Helix was – still is, a Heavy Metal band that came out of the same Metal Music mold as Krokus, (just to make a Metal comparison). “Heavy Metal Love”  and “White Lace and Black Leather” are two songs that trudge along with that vintage 1980’s, Heavy Metal style of power. The entire album is a vintage trip of early 1980’s Heavy Metal, “Dirty Dog” and “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even” are two more notable tracks. As I reflect back, Helix did indeed get their FM radio play, especially on “Metal Shop”, (a Heavy Metal radio show back in… guess when? Ahhh, the 1980’s. 

Did Helix get swallowed up in the Heavy Metal crowd eventually? Probably, the 1980’s had a ton of bands, so many cool Heavy Metal bands too. Think of how difficult it had to be, to be a Heavy Metal band back in the 1980’s… it was not as easy as you would probably think. You had Motley Crue, Ratt, Van Halen, and Ozzy Osbourne garnering all the attention – (trust me, you can name off a whole bunch of bands like these, I am just using these names to make my point). Plus, you had the Thrash Metal movement being born and then taking the Metal world by storm. The 1980’s if anything, was very competitive with Heavy Metal music, that was electrifying for Metal fans like me. Metalheads reaped the harvest back then, (and we still do). A Heavy Metal band like Helix may not have been the household name in the past, yet still they are making music.

main-150Helix did a redo of “Heavy Metal Love”, it can be found on their 2007 studio release – “The Power Of Rock And Roll”. I like the 2007 version just as much as the 1983 version, albeit the new version of “Heavy Metal Love” Rocks along a tad faster. I wound up meeting my Heavy Metal Love, I eventually married her. (Please excuse me if that sounded a sliver corny, yet it is true). As a Heavy Metal fan, I always have attached good memories to my favorite bands, songs and concerts. Helix brings to the Metal table, a brand of Heavy Metal that makes me feel like it’s party time again and I don’t have to pay my bills. (Wishful thinking on the bill paying). That is what music does, it carries me off into my land of Metal… courtesy of terrific bands like Helix. Helix was all about Heavy Metal with their songs, lyrics and attitude. I am Metal cheery that they are still around to this very day. When you are a quality Heavy Metal band, that writes cool and memorable songs, Metal fans never will never forget you. Obviously, I have never forgotten about Helix.

As goes with so many Heavy Metal bands, lineups change over the years and decades. Here is the Helix band members as they appeared on “No Rest For The Wicked”: Brian Vollmer on lead vocals, Brent “The Doctor” Doerner on guitar, Paul Hackman on guitar, Mike Uzelac on bass and Greg “Fritz” Hinz on drums.


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