The second was populated by such unhinged characters as the 'Tripping Priest' and 'Sluggo'. Yet, among the chaos, there was some semblance of order. The title 'Herbal Lunacy' for example reflected the band's interest in herbal medicine (Hopkins is a qualified naturopath). The band contributed a cover of ''Search and Destroy'' to Au-go-go's Stooges tribute album 'Hard to Beat' (1988). In 1989, Victor Levi (ex-Ratcat) replaced Tony, and the band supported American Hardcore god-father Henry Rollins on his Australian tour. The Hellmenn issued one single during 1989, ('Daydreaming'/'The Trip'), after which Levi left the band. A year later, The Hellmenn issued the album 'Mourning of the Earth' and the single ''Anyone'/'Possum's' (May 1990).
The album featured a mellower set of songs, and the title was a pun highlighting the seriousness of the worldwide environmental issue. The Hellmenn contributed a cover of ''The Deuce'' to the 'iss tribute album 'Hard to Believe' on the Waterfront label (1990). The band's last release for the year was the single ''Homegrown'' (December), which had been lifted from 'Mourning of the Earth'. Around the same time, Bill Gibson (ex-Invalid Artist) joined on Guitar. The EP 'Electric Crazy Land' (October 1991) boasted a broad range of sounds, from Hendrix-like psychedelia to Sonic Youth-styled noise. The description 'sonic surf sounds' was an appropriate one.
The band, however, had fallen into a rut and broke up at the end of the year. A few weeks later, Brown, Hopkins, and Heald revived The Hellmenn with new member Ken Archibold on bass. That line-up appeared on the bill of the inaugural Big Day Out (January 1992). The band then signed to Phonogram's development label Id, which released the CD EP 'Meltdown' (September 1992). The EP mixed three studio tracks with three bonus live cuts. The CD EP 'Absolute Filth' (June 1993) was another strong studio release (described by the band as 'thermo-nuclear-sonic-burnout'). Although The Hellmenn had progressed over the years, they continued to be dogged by references to their skate/surf/thrash beginnings. After eight years of noise making, The Hellmenn called it a day in April 1994.
Ben Brown (vocals), David Hopkins (guitar), Tony Goode (guitar), Victor Levi (guitar),
Bill Gibson (guitar), Antony Bross (bass), Ken Archbold (bass), Steve Heald (drums),
Andrew Warren (drums)