HELL OR HIGHWATER – VISTA
Release: 19 May 2017
℗ Spinefarm / Caroline Australia
- Walk Out In the Rain
- Don’t Hate Me
- Another Good Time
- Lighter Than Air
- Don’t Stop Get Up
- Washed Away
- I Want It All
Ok hard rockers, it’s time to get excited. Our man at the kit of Atreyu is up and about with his own outfit and taking on the world, come Hell Or Highwater.
In my humble opinion with the evolution of the band considered, they could not have been donned with a more apt name. Hell Or Highwater released the debut album Begin Again in 2011 and I cannot help but feel it was more a very astute exercise in sound development for Brandon Seller, rather than a collective display of skill and group cohesion. But that is merely an outsider’s consideration based on supposition as opposed to what is a simple matter of fact, namely what a sensational achievement Hell Or Highwater have produced in Vista. The bands’ former name The Black Cloud Collective is now representative of a gathering of momentum and assembling of the appropriate protagonists in a swirling, merging of energy before the storm erupts on the world in Vista and Hell Or Highwater command the attention of all.
Colours has your attention grasps you immediately with the sensational, emotive vocal delivery and the superb, nay sensational instrumental accompaniment. Moreover, as the track unfolds the excitement increases because you realise that the sound is emerging and developing before our very ears culminating in a vision of each band member with instruments held aloft, victoriously wearing their colours proud.
Walk Out In The Rain offers a refinement of the former and eases us into a sense of satisfaction as we become acclimatised to the superb sound of Hell Or Highwater. But just as you are getting comfortable Don’t Hate Me lays out another path before the listener to follow as a testament to the splendid diversity we are to receive along this magnificent journey. Three tracks in and we already have a sense of how beautifully this collection is sequenced and Don’t Hate Me reassures that this album will have a dark side to offer.
Another Good Time, Lighter Than Air, Blister and Don’t Stop Get Up are fantastic tracks in their own right but again highlight the true skill of this sensational group and their enormous capacity for diverse creations of the highest quality. Don’t Stop Get Up will have you screaming and spitting lyrics at you preferred audio appliance in united accompaniment with the band, trying desperately to match Brandon’s superb vocal delivery. And ‘don’t fuck it up’…sing the lyrics accurately. Magnificent.
The occasional Marilyn Mansonesque feel of Dame is underpinned by the tracks inherent confident rock swagger, but as you ease into Washed Away, you can feel the superb harmony wash over you cleansing any residual malevolent feelings toward, who is essentially just another dame. If only we could have everyone in the entire world listen to the lyrics of Washed Away and apply the principle…no more war nor discontent? A cessation to the wasting of ones’ existence at very least, I’ll wager.
I’m inclined to leave Pieces for the individual listener’s discovery, save to say that is hook central, whatever may be your particular bait and the end result will have your mouth agape in bewildered awe.
I Want It All has been unleashed with a fantastic video to accompany, so it is a known quantity. Just as superb as the rest of the album, but in sequence, will take on a whole new dimension for the listener. This track will be used as inspiration to achieve all manner of goals the world over and no doubt the band are already receiving thanks for the inspiration.
Revolution brings about an odd sensation of elation and yet a strange sorrow. The former because the album was such a sensational journey and the latter because it is at an end? I don’t think it’s that simple because we can always press play on track one and relive the experience. Perhaps the marvelously emotive track itself and the overwhelming urgency to do something about it all….right now.
The magnificent content and superb sequencing illustrates that this album has been crafted with tremendous care and attention to equal input from each member of the band as key contributors to the contemporary sound. This epic recording is due out on May 19th through Spinefarm records and Caroline Australia here at home.
This album is an incredibly enjoyable creation heralding an era of sensational music courtesy of Brandon Saller and Hell Or Highwater as a united entity. Bravura.