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3.88 | 74 ratings | 2 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Hunger (7.20)
2. Truth (5.28)
3. Machine in the Garden (10.01)
4. We Breathe Together (8.29)
5. Exit the Queen (3.56)
6.Sale of the Century (8.36)
7. Watching & Waiting Man (5.37)

Total Time 49:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Liam Campbell / Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
- Mickey Gallagher / Drums, Percussion
- Wilson Graham / Bass Guitar
- Gerry McGerigle / Electric & Acoustic Guitars
- Chris Norby / Piano, Keyboards

Releases information

Label: Whiteknight Records
Release date: November 18, 2013

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(74 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Hey, they are Irish!

Dead Heroes Club is now three albums into a fascinating prog career, perhaps undeservedly underneath the swoop of the radar, which is a sad state of affairs! Especially with this latest offering, the lads have ventured into their own personal zone, though still infused with Fish-era Marillion vibes , mostly due to the growling voice of lead singer Liam Campbell (more Chris Thompson than the Pisces man) as well as the spectacular lyrical content that simply glow fiercely when united by passion and flair (after all, they are Irish!). The biggest impression is the groove-infested material which keeps the listener on edge throughout the diverse tunes, very slickly played and delivered with stylistic gleam. The band has remained intact from the last album, the splendid 'A Time of Shadow', easily the revelation of 2009 with guitarist Gerry McGerigal showing a wide palette of tones, from Andy Summers-like riffing, tinges of Jamie West-Oram of the Fixx in his rhythm work and brief-to the point soloing, keyboardist Chris Norby colors mightily on organ, piano and synths while bassist Wilson Graham carves with the best of them. Michael Gallagher keeps time with menacing precision and deft cleverness. This is a well-oiled crew, battle hardened and driven by a common progressive vision (after all, they are Irish!). They must be amazing in a live context.

The material is way bluesier than ever before, intelligently sparse when needed and eschewing any overt symphonicism in favor of hitting the gut directly and hard (after all, they are Irish!). Case in point, the slow-burn instrumental intro on the opening track, 'The Hunger', building up pangs of yearning and sweltering saliva. Tick-tock drums, clanging guitar, swirling synthesizers and doom-laden bass conjure up images of craving urgency, sublimed by Liam's explicit delivery , shifting on a The Police-like rhythm that just blitzes ahead wildly. Bang! Tremendous 7 minute+ first impression.

'Truth' is a shorter piece that contrasts shockingly, a soft ballad gushing with a Kaleigh-like groove, unafraid to show their Marillion influences, proving once again how important the 'Script For a Jester's Tear' was to the nearly dead prog scene in 1983. Breezy, passionate, airy and highly hummable, this is a great uplifting tune, quite needed as the rest of the material here is slick but intense. Exhibit A , the majestic 10 minute bruiser 'Machine in the Garden', an assault gun riff hammered implacably by the rhythm crew, slowly settling into a stupendous bluesy groove adorned by red hot electric guitar licks and Liam's ardent vocals. 'Everything is connected' both instrumentally and lyrically, bundled into an impressive arrangement that has the hallmarks of being a classic. The chorus is anthemic and addictive but the vocoded modern bit is just super cool (I am not a big fan generally of such devices but here the subtlety is sly!) as it leads onto a platform for some intense jamming and soloing. The axe gets tortured big time, poor thing!

Some respite is needed after such a blowout and it arrives in the shape of a gentle symphonic reverie, a gorgeous piano leading the swoon. Bassist Graham ignites a dense low-end rumble that blooms into a suave lilt, Liam breathing together with the by-now captive audience and vaulting the tune into agonizing heights. 'We Breathe Together' is a cry of our confused age, where social consciousness is vibrant but still without leadership, still 'divided by tribes'. The lyrical content is inspiring and political (after all, they are Irish!), finally a band unafraid to spit out its contempt for the cynical corporatism of lies and cheats who flood the headlines by the CNN second. Another tremendous winner!

You want more controversial politics, how about 'Exit the Queen', a song that maybe perceive as a rant against the British monarch (after all, they are Irish!) but is cleverly disguised as an ode to a forgotten star of the silver screen, who plays 'one final role to sell magazines'. As a fan of innuendo and wordplay, I just go gaga over such genial material, especially within a prog context, as one cannot live in a cosmic fantasyland for ever. . Short, hard and to the point.

The cinematic 'Sale of the Century' showcases more bitterness and bile, a raw 8 minute + rail against the blatant' hypocrisy from the Ministry of Wealth', reminding the billions of blind web surfers that 'There is money in the blood we spill, there's currency in the kill'. Powerful, visionary, angry and courageous, Dead Heroes Club tackle issues that seem to be 'ostriched' by so many, as we only have Internet time for the who, the what , the where and the when but never the why! 'No more', Liam screams, 'not in my name'. Rousing, growling guitar and raging organ blasts this tirade into outer space.

The best track is saved for last, the magnificent 'Watching & Waiting Man' , a groove tune that shows off the first overt Celtic influences with a typical swirling melody (could have been done on Uilleann pipes) that conjures images of taciturn steadfastness, (after all, they are Irish!) whilst offering a semblance of a solution , as the title clearly implies.

I love smart music and Dead Heroes Club serve up some clever combinations of musical philosophy and intelligent progressive rock. There was once a man who made a career of it (Derrick Dick aka Fish) and I am happy to witness this legacy in 2013 . Brilliant album with a tremendous feel, great sound, gorgeous artwork. Fans of early Marillion, Fish and first rate neo-prog should not let this masterpiece fade into oblivion.

5 Deceased Champions Pubs

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars The heroes are dead? Long live the heroes! Wait, eh ... they still have a club on hand at least, and what a comfortable one. Anyway, in the meanwhile even rumours are circulating, that a new (their fourth) album is in the pipeline already. I lately came across them, at the time when they were mentioned by somebody alongside with the band Red Bazar. And next I had to learn that they are Irish, hailing from that bigger part of the territory which is politically independent from the UK.

There has been a lot of struggle in and around this island in the past, with a bunch of 'heroes' on all sides as the result ... this could have lead to the band's name, probably. Anyhow, with 'Exit The Queen' they are placing a provoking track title, inbetween Liam Campbell sings 'if you don't play the game our way, there'll be fire on the streets' and 'stand up against the call of nation'. Though this is not explicitly addressed otherwise, more generalized it seems. So possibly much more relevant and topical are those heroes which are pictured on their debut album cover sleeve.

With the first attempt concerning this album I found Michael Gallagher's appointed drum playing somewhat conspicious, a tad more mixed into the fore as usually methinks. Okay okay, stay cool, it's only striking, not that I would have a problem here. In consequence that means, the songs are showing a really proper drive, so much the more some will develop to earworms, sooner or later. 'Attention, might be addictive!' - the album cover should be provided with such a banner or so, in the style of a cigarette pack maybe.

My favourite song is the extended Machine In The Garden, getting out of line a bit due to some overdubbed guitar work added by Gerry McGerigle, partially howling and squeaking, so that you are relatively close to being worried about the instrument's condition afterwards (joke!). Fantastic! And not really genre typical. Yeah, this album leads an Irish band into the all-time Neo Prog ranks. If you are keen on compact melodic songs, not overwhelmingly provided with instrumental passages and solos, this will be a worthwhile attempt in the end.

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