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Allout Helter

Notion of Control

Bird Attack Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Oxford dictionary defines helter-skelter as performing an action “In disorderly haste or confusion.”  Denver technical punk and melodic hardcore act Allout Helter adheres to the literary meaning of its namesake.  Cut from the same cloth as A Wilhelm Scream, Propadandhi, and Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge the ever-intense quintet are obviously influenced from the technical-punk uprising of the mid 00’s.  If their debut full length, Sinking, We Regress, demonstrated anything, it’s that Allout Helter is absolutely unyielding in their mission.  Now offering their second full length, Notion of Control, the band further surrenders themselves to an ongoing descent into the technical melodic abyss.  

Born from a swirling sonic mass of tangled guitars and breakneck drumming, Allout Helter pummels listeners with wave after wave of crunching riffs and shredded vocals.  “A Thief in the Night” opens the album with a focus on the raw, sludgy vocals of Ross Hostage.  “Losing patience, losing sleep, losing sight of what matters to me” he belts unforgivingly of a reality slipping from view against a backdrop of increasing speed and franticness.  Guitarists Fred Bear and Ryan Tate dual with a fury of solos and riffs that really pick up a track later on “Darold Janzen Will Have His Revenge.”  Quite frankly, these high flying moments are Notion of Control’s front and centre highlights, and there’s nothing wrong with that.  Other tracks, like “Maximum Helter,” and first and foremost hardcore bashers, chock full of technical solos and intense punk breakdowns.  Lyrically, “Anthropocene” echoes this sentiment as Ross belts “This adventure is getting perilous, I think I’d like to turn back now,” to which Bear and Tate’s backing vocals respond, “it’s too late, too late.”  As is clear every step of the way, listeners will find no safety or reprieve through Notion of Control.

Overall, Notion of Control makes for a fine addition to the technical punk scene.  While the disc could benefit from some slight tweaks to pacing and variety, it definitely achieves at setting out what it aims to accomplish: track after track of intense technical melodic hardcore-punk.  An natural choice for fans of Propagandhi and A Wilhelm Scream.

Allout Helter Stream New Album in Full

Allout HelterAllout Helter has released a stream of their new album, The Notion Of Control, which dropped today via Bird Attack Records

Listen to and order the disc here.

Allout Helter

Allout Helter

The Notion Of Control

Bird Attack Records
By

Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Allout Helter have returned with their sophomore album The Notion of Control, their first major release for Bird Attack Records, that furthers the bands’ reputation for pushing the boundaries of melodic hardcore, their pedigree is further enhanced as the album is produced by Trevor Reilly of A Wilhelm Scream. The Notion Of Control represents the second chapter in Allout Helter‘s history and sees them deliver an album that captures the essence of their intense live shows.

The Notion Of Control is an album that is full on from the brutal opener A Thief In The Night to it’s closing number, Passengers. Every track is a brutal blend of melodic hardcore and gruff punk with a touch of crossover thrown into the mix, this is especially prevalent around the guitar sound that carries a more technical intricate sound that is beloved of metal and crossover bands, but the rest of their sound is defiantly punk rock. Tracks such as my personal favourite Maximum Helter evidence a stronger pure hardcore sound, but for the most part this is a more technical precise variation of melodic hardcore.

With their second album Allout Helter have released an intense political blast of melodic hardcore, but crucially it’s one that separates itself from the pack by engaging a few other influences to carve out their own niche in the flourishing melodic hardcore scene. This a relentless album of furious political melodic hardcore that, aside from the occasional breakdown, doesn’t pull a single punch, meaning that some of the tracks do tend to blur into each other as their is no respite on this album, but don’t interpret that as a bad thing and fans of established acts such as Propagandhi, Strung Out and H2O should ensure that they check out Allout Helter‘s latest release

The Notion Of Control can be pre-ordered via Bird Attack Records here

Allout Helter Announce New Album

Allout HelterAllout Helter has announced that they will be releasing a new album.  The disc will be titled The Notion Of Control, and is set to drop on October 27, 2017 via Bird Attack Records

Coinciding with the announcement, the band has released the song “Andromeda IV,” which can be viewed below.

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Allout Helter Streams New EP

Allout HelterAllout Helter is streaming their brand new EP.  The six song disc is titled Ruins, and follows their 2013 album, Sinking, We Regress, out nowvia Dang!Records

Listen and/or order the new EP here.

   

Allout Helter Detail New Full Length; Album Stream

HelterAllout Helter has announced details for their upcoming full length.  The album will be titled Sinking, We Regress, and is due out May 28, 2013 via Dang!Records.  The album follows their previous EP, An Hour Made for Arson, released back in October 2011.

The full album can be streamed via Bandcamp, and pre-orders can be made here.

Stream: DIY ’til Death Vol 1. 4-way Split Ep

Dang!Records is streaming the entire DIY ’til Death Vol 1. 4-way Split Ep on their Bandcamp Page now. 

The four way split features DC FalloutAllout HelterPerdition and Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge.

You can also download Perdition‘s contribution to the split, “Gatorade Punch” there. 

Dang!Records Announce DIY 'til Death Vol. 1; Sample New Track

Dang!Records has announced that they will be releasing a new four way split from Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge, Allout Helter, DC Fallout and Perdition, titled DIY ’til Death Vol. 1.  The label is aiming for a February 27, 2012 release, and will be mastered at The Blasting Room by Jason Livermore.  

Check out the first track from the split, Allout Helter’s“The Response,” here.

 

Dang!Records Announce DIY ’til Death Vol. 1; Sample New Track

Dang!Records has announced that they will be releasing a new four way split from Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge, Allout Helter, DC Fallout and Perdition, titled DIY ’til Death Vol. 1.  The label is aiming for a February 27, 2012 release, and will be mastered at The Blasting Room by Jason Livermore.  

Check out the first track from the split, Allout Helter’s“The Response,” here.

 

Video: Allout Helter – An Hour Made For Arson

Allout Helter has released a brand new lyric video.  The video features the song “An Hour Made For Arson,” which comes from  the group’s upcoming EP, An Hour Made for Arson, which is due out on Oct 15, 2011 on Dang!Records.  

Pre-orders can be found here, and the video can be found below.

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Allout Helter Launches Pre-Orders

Dang!Records has opened pre-orders for Allout Helter.  The label is offering four different packages for the group’s upcoming EP, An Hour Made for Arson, which is due out on Oct 15, 2011.  

Pre-orders can be found here, and details can be found below.

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DC Fallout And Allout Helter Sign To Dang!Records

DC Fallout and Allout Helter have joined the Dang!Records family.  The label plans to release Allout Helter’s upcoming two-song EP, An Hour Made for Arson, on Oct 15, 2011, as well as a brand new album by DC Fallout in 2012.  

Both band will also be featured on a 4-way split showcasing the label’s current talent, DC Fallout, Samuel Caldwell’s Revenge, Perdition, Allout Helter.