September 12, 2005
Hell Is For Heroes : Retreat
There’s a likeable clarity to their brooding menace
Hardworking: so often the term you’ll use when ‘Bloody Brilliant!’ just won’t quite do. And so it goes that if [a]Hundred Reasons[/a] are the effortless prodigies at the top of the class, [a]Hell Is For Heroes[/a] are the troubled try-hards. ‘Retreat’ is mid-paced, clenched-fist rock apocalyptica that falls short of either glorious triumph or passionate destruction. There’s a likeable clarity to their brooding menace, with [a]Fugazi[/a]-style guitar scrapes and hollow drum-crashes neatly spelling out The Terrible Pain Of Existence but it’s still running for the hills when it should be storming the barricades.
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