The Hellacopters to Chaoszine: “If we’re gonna keep doing this, we don’t wanna become one of those nostalgia acts that just go around playing old songs.”

Author Flavia Andrade - 21.2.2022

Swedish garage rock’n’roll band The Hellacopters will release their 8th studio album “Eyes Of Oblivion” on April 1st, 2022, via Nuclear Blast Records. The effort is their first full length since the release of their temporary farewell record “Head Off”, in 2008.

The Hellacopters were formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson (vocals and guitar), Dregen (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). At that time, Andersson was renowned in the metal scene for his work in well-known Swedish death metal band Entombed and Dregen had built a reputation as co-founder and guitarist of his main band Backyard Babies.

Considered one of the most important and influential Swedish rock bands of the 1990s and 2000s, The Hellacopters achieved two Gold certifications, have won the Swedish Grammy and a Kerrang! Award, have amassed 100 million streams to date and have supported and toured with The Rolling Stones, Kiss, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and Foo Fighters. They have released seven albums, ranging from supercharged garage punk on “Supershitty To The Max!” (1996) and “Payin’ The Dues” (1997), to perfectly crafted and soulful high-energy rock’n’roll with a strong vintage vibe on the following albums, “Grande Rock” (1999), “High Visibility” (2000), “By The Grace Of God” (2002) and “Rock & Roll Is Dead” (2005). A compilation of cover songs called “Head Off” was released in 2008 and marked the band’s last album, before ultimately dissolving.

The Hellacopters reunited in 2016 to play a few shows for the 20th anniversary of their debut album,”Supershitty To The Max!”, and have proven an unstoppable force ever since, performing at Sweden Rock Festival, Psycho Las Vegas, Download, Hellfest, Roskilde, Ilosaarirock, among others. In October 2021, they announced that they had signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records; a new album, entiltled “Eyes Of Oblivion”, was announced for April 1st, 2022.

Chaoszine had the opportunity to catch up with Nicke Andersson, who talked about The Hellacopters‘ reunion, their upcoming release and recording process and the state of things in the music industry. You can check out the video interview below.

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You can check out the singles released from “Eyes Of Oblivion” album so far below: