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Hellion are an American heavy metal band from the 1980s. They are noted for having female vocalist Ann Boleyn. Their most highly regarded studio album is The Black Book.Read More...
Hellion became famous after being discovered by Ronnie James Dio in the mid-1980s. Hellion was based in Los Angeles and there were several line-ups, all of which were very good. The band probably would have become very big, if it was not for the major record companyie' concept of female singers and the type of music women were expected to perform in the 1980s. Many famous managers and record companies offered Ann Boleyn deals if she agree to become more of a pop-rock singer, such as Pat Benatar. (There is a story that the former manager of Van Halen was convinced that Ann Boleyn was going to be "the next Pat Benatar." Another famous record producer, who had worked with Janis Joplin, said she was the 1980s answer to Janis.) At the same time, most of the record companies thought that the band itself was so heavy that they needed a male singer. These conflicts often caused band members to come and go.
Hellion developed a substantial following in the cities where they regularly performed. Because Ann Boleyn is one of the only metal singers who did not rely on sexy costumes and never "sold out", she has maintained a strong cult following, and releases recordings every several years. The last Hellion album came out in 2003 on Massacre Records (Germany).
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