The Hellacopters

The Hellacopters

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Rock 'n' roll band from Stockholm, Sweden.

The Hellacopters was formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson as a side project for his main band Entombed, where Andersson composed music and played drums. The original line-up consisted of Andersson (on guitar & vocals), Dregen (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) & Robert Eriksson (drums). After having released two 7" singles ('Killing Allan' & '1995') their debut album 'Supershitty To The Max' was released in June 1996. Shortly after this keyboardist Anders Lindström (aka Boba Fett) also joined the band, first as live/session musician, and few years later (in 1999) as a a full time member.

In 1997 Andersson, having becomed bored with playing death metal, left Entombed and started to concentrate full-time on The Hellacopters, which became his main musical outlet for the next 11 years. The second album 'Payin' The Dues' was released in October 1997. After touring for the album guitarist Dregen decided to leave the band in 1998 to concentrate on his own band Backyard Babies. Following Dregen's departure, the band used few different session guitarists on tours, e.g. Chuck Pounder, Mattias Hellberg, Scott Morgan and Wayne Kramer filled in on the second guitar.

The third album 'Grande Rock' was released in May 1999 and having not found a permament replacement for Dregen, Lindström and Hellberg contributed on guitar during the recording. The album was also a departure from the punk rock driven style of the first two albums and showcased a more classic rock oriented band sound. For the following tours the band hired a new guitarist, Robert Dahlqvist, who also became a full time member of the band.

On October 26th 2008, The Hellacopters played their last gig at Debaser Medis in Stockholm.

On October 30th 2015, guitarist Dregen confirmed to Swedish Television that original line-up of The Hellacopters are planning a comeback for summer of 2016. So far this includes only one single gig at the Sweden Rock festival and focuses on celebrating the band's early years and specifically their debut album, which becomes 20 years old.
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The Hellacopters Discography

Albums

The Hellacopters Supershitty To The Max! (Album) White Jazz Records Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
Gluecifer / The Hellacopters Gluecifer / The Hellacopters - Respect The Rock (MiniAlbum) White Jazz Records, White Jazz Records Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Payin' The Dues (Album) White Jazz Records Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters / Gluecifer The Hellacopters / Gluecifer - Respect The Rock America Man's Ruin Records, Man's Ruin Records US 1999 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Grande Rock (Album) White Jazz Records, Psychout Records (2) Japan 1999 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters High Visibility (Album) Universal, Polar, LED Recordings, Psychout Records (2) Europe 2000 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters By The Grace Of God (Album) Universal Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Rock & Roll Is Dead (Album) Universal, Psychout Records (2) Sweden 2005 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Head Off (Album) Wild Kingdom, Psychout Records (2) Australia & New Zealand 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Hellacopters 1995 (Single) Freak Scene Records Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
PSYCH001 The Hellacopters Killing Allan(7", EP, Blu) Psychout Records (2) PSYCH001 Sweden 1995 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters What Are You Planet Of Noise Records Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! (Maxi) White Jazz Records Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Misanthropic High b/w I Got A Right (Single) Bad Afro Records Denmark 1996 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Soulseller B/W Ain't Nothin' To Do (Single) White Jazz Records Sweden 1997 Sell This Version
SP-003 The Hellacopters Riot On The Rocks(7") Safety Pin Records SP-003 Spain 1997 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters City Slang (Single) Munster Records Spain 1998 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Hey! (Single) White Jazz Records Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Like No Other Man (Single) Flapping Jet Records US 1998 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters / The Nitwitz* The Hellacopters / The Nitwitz* - Rock & Roll Jihad Rocketdog Records Europe 1998 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Looking At Me / Rock Hammer Estrus Records US 1998 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Disappointment Blues (EP) White Jazz Records Australia 1998 Sell This Version
Electric Frankenstein / The Hellacopters Electric Frankenstein / The Hellacopters - Electric Frankenstein Vs. The Hellacopters (EP) Frank Records, Intensive Scare Records Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Dirty Women B/W I Only Got The Shakes (Single) Bang! Records Spain 1999 Sell This Version
The Hellacopters Move Right Out Of Here (Single, Maxi) White Jazz Records, Psychout Records (2) Sweden 1999 Sell This Version

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sirherbert

sirherbert

December 10, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
The Hellacopters were the ones to kick off the "Scandinavian action rock" scene. Pro-vinyl, pro 7", they have maybe 50+ different releases on different media. One specialty of theirs was to leave out one track from the CD that was included on the vinyl. Usually the track was nothing special, but a hint for the completionists. They managed to stay clean of big record companies until their breakthrough album "High visiblity", which was a point where they changed their course into clean studio rock and away from the original dirty action rock they had originally created. Check out "High visibility", "Grande Rock" and "Paying the dues".

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