Helix - 'Rock It Science'
Tracks One through Eleven consisted of multiple musicians
The band on track twelve
Brian Vollmer - vocals
Kaleb Duck - guitars
Fritz Hinz - drums
Daryl Gray - bass
Brent Doerner - lead guitar
1.)"Billy Oxygen" - Taken from 'Breaking Loose' the first independent album by the Canadian rock band Helix. It was released in 1979.
2.)"You’re A Woman Now" - Taken from 'Breaking Loose' the first independent album by the Canadian rock band Helix. It was released in 1979.
3.)"Heavy Metal Love" - Taken from 'No Rest for the Wicked' and is the third studio album by the Canadian rock band Helix. It is also their major label debut, on Capitol Records.
4.)"Rock You" - Taken from 'Walkin' the Razor's Edge' was the fourth studio album by the Canadian heavy metal band Helix. It was released on the Capitol Records label in 1984.
5.)"Deep Cuts The Knife" - Taken from the fifth studio release titled, 'Long Way to Heaven'.
6.)"Wild In The Streets" - Taken from the band's sixth release titled, 'Wild In The Streets'.
7.)"Good To The Last Drop" - Taken off of 'half-ALIVE' was the first official live album by Canadian heavy metal band Helix, following the promotional-only 'Live At The Marquee'.
8.)"Shock City Psycho Rock" - Taken off of 'half-ALIVE' was the first official live album by Canadian heavy metal band Helix, following the promotional-only 'Live At The Marquee'.
9.)"Get Up!" - From the CD 'Get Up!' released by heavy metal band Helix in 2006. It was Helix' first official EP, and their 18th official release.
10.)"Make ‘Em Dance"- From the CD 'Vagabond Bones' released in 2009.
11.)"Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Home Town)" - From the CD 'Bastard Of The Blues'.
12.( "(Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead" - new song
Helix is Canadian hard rock royalty. As well as one of my all-time favorite hard rock bands. Formed in 1974 by original drummer Bruce Arnold. The band released their first studio album in 1979 titled, 'Breaking Loose'. Helix are one of a select few artists from this genre to make it in the United States. Unlike a lot of hard rock bands from the eighties Helix weathered the tsunami called grunge and continued to record. Since 1974, Helix has released thirteen studio albums. Though vocalist Brian Vollmer is the only original member from Helix's battle of the band days in Kitchener, Ontario. The band continue to tour extensively within their home country of Canada and releases a new CD of music fairly regularly. Since 1989 who ever owns the rights to Helix's song have released eight different compilation/greatest hits CD's.
The eleven tracks on 'Rock It Science' is the first Helix compilation that covers most of their musical history. Helix re-recorded a few of the songs. Here is a statement from Brian explaining why the songs were re-recorded , "Rob Wells of the Trailer Park Boys told me that J-Rock from the show had written a rap song using sampling from “Rock You” and that the record company was asking so much money for them to use it that the song and idea were dropped from the show. I heard the song and it was hilarious. Anyway, it was at this point I decided to re-record the hit songs so this never happened again. The songs are close but obviously to [fans] that knows the music, you can hear the discrepancies. Let’s remember that I originally sang most of these in the early ’80s, so to sing some of them almost 35 years after the fact is no small feat." Brian doing the was a brilliant idea and artists should tsake note!
One of the many things that made me a fan of Helix's and has kept me a fan all these years is not only the fact that Brian writes great songs. However, they also know how to have a great time in their videos as well as live. Just to show you how much fun the band has watch and listen to "(Gene Simmons Says) Rock Is Dead". Not only is it a well-written song however, it also shows the humorous side of Brian.
If you are like me and have the entire Helix catalog and buy the new single digitally then buying 'Rock It Science' would kind of be a waste of money and in this day in time everyone needs every penny. However, if you are new to the band or new to the eighties hard rock genre then this would make a great introductory CD.