Drones rage hard on Our Hell Is Right Here, an album born of tribulation

Drones album number two Our Hell Is Right Here: scorchio!

Drones - Our Hell Is Right Here
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’Difficult second album’ seems to be a bit of an understatement here, given the personal and practical trials and tribulations that have gone into creating Our Hell Is Right Here

Nevertheless, London band Drones (not to be confused with Manchester’s or Australia’s The Drones) have come up trumps with an album that takes the fury of debut Exiled and rages even harder. 

The acoustic Listen proves they can also do quiet and introspective, but for the most part it’s full-tilt modern punk with post-hardcore stylings, and vocalist Lois McDougall exorcising various personal demons through her lyrics as well as taking aim at those in power. 

A happy album this is not, but the sharp focus of songs like Josephine, Epitaph, Grey Matters and the searing title track are impressive to behold. Hearts on sleeves and rocking like the proverbial bastards, Drones are the real deal.

Essi Berelian

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.