Today’s review is all about Helios Is Dead’s debut album, Sun, Dawn, Nothing! These guys have been producing since their early teens, joining forces later during 2015. Their roots really shine on this album – these guys came from the Industrial Hardcore scene, and there is no shortage of intense tracks and metallic-like sounds here. This is a bit unlike any sort of electronic music that our attention is drawn to every day, which got us interested, and we can confirm this album is indeed quite the voyage, and you really need to listen to it with an open mind to understand it and absorb its energy. So without further ado, let’s have a walkthrough through the tracks.
The album kicks off with Elektrische Musik. Straight off the gate we’re led through a very dark atmosphere, with an interesting breakbeat being part of the build up. The track is an intense voyage through these dark vibes, with an unrelenting deep kick and well rounded bass down below.
The 2nd track, One Sin, is not a sin at all, but instead, one of the highlights here. Its jaw clenching snare like effect will get you hooked right at the start, and the bass mid way through will get you curious to listen to it until the end. The break here doesn’t leave too much room to breathe, contributing to its intensity, which I personally found generally pleasing. The outro features the rawness of the percussion part proeminently.
The third track, Surviving On Percocets, immediately transports us to a dark mood – Percocets are painkillers, so you may immediately think of someone with an illness or an addiction. This track definitely reflects that intensity, and is very industrial inspired. The Industrial Hardcore roots from this duo shine through on this one, with the punchy kick and unrelentless bass, amongst other smaller elements that make this one fine composition.
We proceed with Red Kinks and right out of the gate you can tell – the percussion part here was designed to make an impact. The metallic-like effect on top of it all gives it an eerie atmosphere, transporting you in your head to a really dark club scene.
The fifth track, Close Your Eyes, is insanely intense. We challenge you to effectively close your eyes with such a loud and heavy kick and bass and an alarm like sound effect right off the gate! Another breakbeat inspired masterpiece.
Decomposer is what follows, and this is yet another very mechanical track, truly inspired on breakbeat, with a distorted bass element accompanying it and high hat elements that make this track filled with details. You’ll take some time to decompose all the elements that go here in your head!
The seventh track is Burn It Down, a track that somewhat revolves around the well treated vocals that give name to the track. Throughout it we have a synth line accompanying through our journey, and directly influencing the mood of the listener, increasing or diminishing the intensity of the track. Just when you think that synth will calm down, it returns, right after the break, for a brief moment, after which the track starts winding down.
We’re on the final stretch, and in the 8th position we have Julius. This is one of those tracks that definitely feels faster, with the punchy kick helping in this sensation. The distorted high hats towards the end are a very nice element.
Tinplate Clapper is the 9th track, and you can immediately tell why it’s name is like so due to the layered claps that you hear through it. The track winds up in a really mechanical way, as if it were a machine starting up, and drops with an heavy bass and interesting synths throughout. This is a quite danceable track, without forgetting the dark and eerie atmosphere that characterizes the album as a whole. The last part features distorted sounds going through the airwaves, which is oddly pleasing!
Leg Lock is the last track. It sports an unyielding bass, and is a track that constantly builds up, adding new elements to it until its break midway through. After giving the listener some room to breathe, the track suddenly drops its beats and does it all again, throwing the listener through a journey that’s made in what’s seemingly an ever increasing pace and intensity. After this amazing voyage, the outro sounds almost soothing comparing to what just came before!
This album is definitely something different. If you’ve went through the album with us as you’ve read the review, you’ll now realize that you’ve certainly expanded your horizons musically. This is likely not something you’ll listen to everyday, but that you’re eager to explore from time to time.
This isn’t an album that’s a story being told, so it’s not exactly made to be fluid, from what we can see. That’s not its goal. Its goal is to take you on a mind bending journey through sound, as elements get added, and to push your imagination to the limits as you take this journey! A very interesting piece, without a doubt, that surprised us positively, and me personally as well given its dark and eerie moods, and the inspiration it took from heavier sounds. Well done! You can purchase the album on Beatport if you wish.
- Tinplate Clapper
- Surviving On Percocets
- One Sin