Hell’s Belles: ‘Vol. II’

HELL’S BELLES
VOL. II
Released on May 19, 2017 (Fantom Records)

Review:
Hell’s Belles have built a name for themselves out of being one of ‘the best’ tribute bands out there. Judging by the name, you’re probably guessing this is an AC/DC tribute band. That would be right. There’s another thing; this band is a comprised of females adding a little wrinkle to things. Even better, Hell’s Belles have been endorsed by Angus Young himself, “The best AC/DC band I’ve ever heard? There was an all-girl band in America, Hell’s Belles.”

The band has existed since 2000. Now in their 17th year of existence, Hell’s Belles have gone on to build a grassroots following of rabid fans. Vocalist Amber Saxon (who’s an Aussie by the way) is a dead ringer (no pun intended) for Bon Scott and guitarist Adrian Conner will absolutely have you convinced that she is channeling Angus Young from wherever on the planet that he is.

While, some might frown on tribute bands, most would (probably) cringe at the thought of a tribute act recording the music of said band which they are pay homage to. I get it. However, Hell’s Belles do it so well that even if you’re reluctant at first ,ultimately you will take note that the band is incredible. Some tracks are better selections than others, the highlights being; “Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation,” “Highway To Hell,” “Problem Child,” “Beating Around The Bush,” and “Ride On.” I feel that Amber Saxon is at her best when she is tackling Bon Scott era AC/DC. The Brian Johnson era stuff sounds good but to my ears, she’s on top of her game when she’s giving us that Bon Scott venomous snarl. Perhaps at some point down the road, Saxon and co. will perform an entire Bon Scott era album in it’s entirety. I can wish can’t I?

Track List:
01. Rock N’ Roll Damnation
02. Highway To Hell
03. Shoot To Thrill
04. Problem Child
05. Rock N’ Roll Train
06. Beating Around the Bush
07. Thunderstruck
08. Overdose
09. Ride On

Band Members:
Adrian Conner – lead guitar
Mandy Leinenweber – bass guitar, background vocals
Lisa Brisbois – rhythm guitar, background vocals part-time
Sharon Needles – rhythm guitar, background vocals part-time
Judy Molish – drums
Amber Saxon – lead vocals

Production:
Produced by Tony Reed and Hell’s Belles

Band Websites:
Official Website
Facebook

Reviewed by Ruben Mosqueda for Sleaze Roxx, June 2017

Hell’s Belles playing “Shoot To Thrill” live at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver, Colorado, USA on April 30, 2014:

Hell’s Belles – Shoot to Thrill – 2014-04-30

Hell’s Belles * Shoot to Thrill (Young, Young & Johnson) * Jack Daniels Presents, Herman’s Hideaway, Denver, CO * April 30, 2014 Hell’s Belles are an all female AC/DC Tribute act featuring Sharon Needles, guitar; Adrian Conner, guitar; Laura Derig, drums; Mandy Reed, bass; and Australia’s Amber Saxon, vocals.”