Diaries of a Hero – Diaries of a Hero

Diaries of A Hero
Diaries of A Hero
Released 23rd May 2014
Metal/ Metalcore/Rock
Released via Dust On The Tracks Records

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‘Diaries of A Hero’ is the second album of the London-based, British rock band of the same name. It is the follow up to their debut ‘Behind The Mask’, which was released back in 2010. The band have already gained some recognition as a great live act as a result of their successful tour with Motörhead and Anthrax.

After a melodic and deceptively slow instrumental intro comes the first full track Solitude, which offers a mixture of clean, radio rock style vocals, with metalcore-style screaming along with rhythmic and aggressive guitar riffs. This sets the pattern for the whole album. There’s also the odd decent-sounding guitar solo such as the one on Scarwhores. In addition to this these guys like to use some technical and even progressive guitar elements in some of their songs such as Victims of Chaos.

Another noteworthy track is Brother, which features a melodic guitar part and a pleasant, albeit short-lived break from the screaming. The aforementioned song also features a short guitar solo and some tranquil ambient sounds the end making it stand out as one of the better ones on here.

Whilst the music is certainly not lacking in a aggression and energy, the vocal style is irritating to say the least. I’m not convinced that these two styles work well together. Whilst I can handle the clean vocals, the metalcore screams ruin the music for me.

2/5

Iza Raittila
 

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