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Dead Heroes Club



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4 stars A good quality sophomore effort from this Irish band, as long as vintage-sounding Neo Progressive rock is to your liking.

They aren't Marillion clones these guys though, despite the above descriptions. But they have most of the main characteristics of many early Neo bands: A tendency to explore rather mellow stylistic landscapes, giving ample room for piano, clean or acoustic guitars and floating, lush synth textures. And with a vocalist with a voice similar to Fish or Peter Gabriel in expression, many strong associations are easily made.

The lead vocals are a highly expressive and dominant part of this bands efforts though, emotional and often verging on melodramatic, and is probably the key element to whether or not this band's efforts will be appreciated. The more or less subtle additions of harder rocking riffs is a nice bonus feature, especially when concentrated in the energetic opening parts of The Centre Cannot Hold.

The opening numer Theatre of the Absurd stands out as the best number here though, and if you like that you'll like the rest of the album as well. And while none of the other compositions equals this fine effort the album as such is an accomplished piece of work, recommended to those who enjoy the somewhat mellower escapades of this stylistic direction.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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