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Helloise - 1998 Polarity

ARTIST: Helloise
ALBUM: Polarity
LABEL: Pseudonym
YEAR: 1998


LINEUP: Stan Verbraak - vocals * Arjan Boogerds - guitars, vocals * Ben Blaauw - guitars, vocals * Marchell Remeeus - bass, vocals * Ernst Van EE - drums, vocals * John Sonneveld - keyboards (guest)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Polarity * 02 Destination * 03 Give It Up * 04 En La Linea De Fuego * 05 In The Line Of Fire * 06 Helloise * 07 See Tomorrow * 08 Pool Of Confusion * 09 So Close To Love * 10 Sole Survivor


Originally released in 1986 and then re-released in 1998 by Pseudonym Records, 'Polarity' is the second album by Dutch melodic rockers Helloise. Along with the original 10 tracks, another nine bonus tracks have been added to include b-sides, unreleased songs and demo's of some songs already on the original. Thanks to the production talents of Oscar Holleman (Vengeance, Ayreon) the album has been completely re-mastered, giving it a very powerful and crisp sound. None of the bonus tracks were touched due to their superior sound quality, which is certainly understandable after hearing them.

The Songs
Helloise deliver a potent mix of classic metal and sublime AOR-ish harmony vocals. Lead vocalist Stan Verbraak stands out with a particular strong performance, his voice soaring above the frantic yet supremely melodic guitar work of Arjan Boogerds and Ben Blaauw. This is evident on the title track, 'Destination', 'Give it Up' and 'In the Line of Fire'. Each track moves with the force of Iron Maiden, but are punctuated by choruses akin to Nocturnal Rites and Treat. The action doesn't let up with the fabulous track 'Helloise', bringing to the fore the Iron Maiden influence. 'See Tomorrow' treads down a familiar path, while 'Pool of Confusion' chugs along mixing elements of Judas Priest and Praying Mantis. The sole ballad 'So Close To Love' begins with a Judas Priest feel, but then erupts into a huge anthem of a chorus. Stunning. Finally, in my opinion, is the best song on the album. 'Sole Survivor' is absolutely magical mixing the best of Marchello and Treat. Whew, what a chorus!! The bonus tracks, although sounding great, are a mixed affair with 'Mystery Eyes' and the instrumental 'Wanted by the FBI' (scorching) being the pick of the bunch.

In Summary
Overall, a very impressive and surprising introduction to the world of Helloise. I'm very interested in seeing if the new album by the re-formed line up has captured the same energy of 'Polarity'.

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