Album Review: Hellbound Hearts – Outside


Forming in 2011, Hellbound Hearts are gathering an army following successive dates with The Black Spiders, The Treatment and Japanese Voyeurs. Hailing from Yorkshire, the unsigned Rock & Rollers have rebooted their debut EP ’Outside’ for national release this April. What does it have to offer?

Menacing and moody, title track ’Outside’ establishes the Hellbound Hearts sound with cut-throat rock and roll rhythms and a determined vocal that demand an audience. Founder Danny Lambert (formerly of Terrorvision) delivers the vocals with such gusto it is hard not to take notice, grabbing the listener instantly and maintaining their interest throughout. The three piece are completed by the ex 98 Pages rhythm section of Andy Black on drums and Jase Brooks on bass, who’s past chemistry is evident with their tight solid grooves.

Second track ’Mr Cynical’ drops the tempo and boosts the bands endeavour with a stomping, contagious chorus fused with influences of 80’s rock; rolling nicely into the penultimate track ‘Sinking Ships’. This song picks up the tempo with a great driven riff which screams for attention. Its nature has such a raucous vibe that it instills an insatiable urgency in the listener. 

Closing track ’Hold Steady’ stays true; the familiar gritty rhythm delivering a heavy punch to the face with a vicious punk rock fist of fury. The passion of the band is evident throughout the record – without a doubt a band that are willing to break out and cause a scene when given the chance. Those wanting to experience a variety of sounds from the band may be disappointed, however there is room here for expansion of the band’s efforts which is a promising aspect.

A good, enjoyable punchy release. Hellbound Hearts have much to offer for future outings; and it’s exciting.  Hellbound Hearts promise a live show full of energy, and have the potential to turn some heads when they tour this April and May.


‘Outside’ by Hellbound Hearts is out on the 29th April.

Hellbound Hearts links: Website|Facebook

Words by Jon Huntley (@onesongjon)


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