Label: TwoSideMoon/OneNightStand 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Ka-blaam! Like a shot in the dark always creeping up on you. Indeed, they came from out of nowhere (Sudbury/Suffolk, actually) and straight to your screen, the best contemporary British Metal act you've never seen? (or heard of for that matter). Never A Hero - always a bridesmaid? Ehem. nevermind. It's not like they are completely unheard of either since our masked heroes has enjoyed success on Kerrang! Scuzz TV, and more than 1 million plays at myspace. And, yes, masked as in dodgy ornate steel masks to keep their sad little faces hidden.
"Bleed Between The Lies" is the metal album ála Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, but with a twist since there's the hint of UK and progressive metal. Add to this a great production, musicians that can actually play, thundering drums, distinctive bass and guitar work (proper solos), electronic sounds that do make sense, and on top of everything soaring vocals and catchy material.
I know that every now and then I do complain about these sort of rock/metal albums. It's simply because you can find thousands of Linkin Park wannabee's in every darn direction you turn. But, Never A Hero are looking pretty much unstoppable with their brand of style. They combine finesse and energy in a way that doesn't actually sound like just another band of the genre. Sure, the arrangements, definitely aimed to suit fans of the three above mentioned acts. I still believe there's enough of orginality to set them apart from the pack. I also find it difficult to pick out favourite tracks. It's very much the album effort without any major downer.