Vollmer: When Pigs Fly

Vollmer: When Pigs Fly

Artist: Vollmer
Album: When pigs Fly
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Label: Perris Records
Release Date: Re-Released April 15, 2016


On July 22nd Helix will be releasing “Rock It Science”. The CD is a “Greatest Hits collection with one new track called (Gene Simmons) says”Rock Is Dead”.  I have been a big fan of Helix‘s music for years. Legends in the rock scene with tracks like “Rock You” ,  “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’, “Heavy Metal Love” and more, the band has consistently created great material over the years. I still find that many people are completely unaware of Brian Vollmer‘s solo album, so I thought this might be a good time to do a review of “When Pigs Fly” by Vollmer.  Originally released in 1999 and just recently re-released through Perris Records, “When Pigs Fly” should be in every Helix fans CD collection.  While sounding like Helix, Brian experimented a little here and there with some different styles and the result is a really great hard rock album. Starting out with the great, energy filled song “I’m A Live Frankenstein” this is mostly a good time rock n’ roll celebration. “Life Of The Party (But Now He’s Dead)” seems a little influenced by the alt-rock scene that was all the rage at the time of the original release, but still holds a metal edge to it. “King of The Hill” is another great track that invites you to this rocking party. “Stumblin’ Blind” is a fantastic ballad that would have easily been a hit single on any of the Helix releases. “Pissed Off” is a great ranting, raunchy roller that’s fun to listen to, because let’s face it, we’ve all had bad days.  “X-Ray Eyes” is another riff heavy song with a melodic chorus. “F.u.g.l.y.” is a hilarious take on society and the people we encounter on a daily basis. “When Pigs Fly” is a rousing track that’s fitting as the album title as well. The album closes out with the acoustic “Good Times Don’t Get Better Than This” that is simply, catchy as hell. This song, is reminiscent of “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses because it will stick in your head and you will be humming and whistling it all damn day. Of course, that’s a good thing as it’s a fun song to close out this solo outing from Brian Vollmer. Again, if you like Helix, then this a must buy for your collection as it really is hard to separate Helix‘s sound from that of Vollmer. “When Pigs Fly” is a fun, rocking album that takes you back to the eighties hard rock sound that you know and love.

Track Listing:
1. I’m a Live Frankenstein
2. Life Of The Party (But Now He’s Dead!!)
3. King Of The Hill
4. Stumblin’ Blind
5. Pissed Off
6. X-Ray Eyes
7. F.u.g.l.y.
8. When Pigs Fly
9. Good Times Don’t Get Better Than This

Band Members:
Brian Vollmer -vocals
Bill Gadd -guitar
Rob Long -drums
Tony Paleschi-bass
Brian Doerner-Drums

You can purchase “When Pigs Fly” by Vollmer online at Perris Records


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