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The Hellset Orchestra
Greetings from the Great Humongous

Article written by Matt H - Jul 4, 2005

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A bit of verve – that’s exactly what we want to hear.* The Hellset Orchestra have verve by the coffin-load. And a break from guitars is a fine thing too. Filling in instead with violins, a cello and sax, they sound like nothing so much as some bizarre Midlands take on a New Orleans funerary band fronted by a mad professor.

This debut mini-LP (get it from their site) is full of intriguing titles and intriguing sounds to match:‘“Come into my Lab” he said‘ sounds like Sparks performing Phantom of the Opera**;‘It Takes Twice as Long (When You’re Half as Big)’ adds a touch of bug-eyed Grand Guignol to a grungey swaggering swing; and ‘I’m Trying to Make a Monstrous Bird’ is a refugee from a never-realised stage musical. Add to this a bit of what is, for want a better description, ska-goth, a few more doom-laden organs and straightjacket-straining vocals and you have something as accomplished as it is engagingly foolish.

What with the Hellsets and Misty’s Big Adventure, the Midlands is becoming a hotbed of inspired eccentricity. May their bitterns boom long beyond the mating season.


*Note the non-capital V - ‘a bit of Verve’ is exactly what we don’t want to hear.

**Note on the importance of good diction – the chorus sounds more like “Come into my lavvy, sir”

Links:
http://www.thehellsetorchestra.co.uk/

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