The Neon Handshake Review

artist: Hell Is for Heroes date: 04/16/2005 category: compact discs
Hell Is for Heroes: The Neon Handshake
Released: Mar 11, 2003
Genre: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 12
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.3
The Neon Handshake Reviewed by: kryptonite22, on april 02, 2004
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: I first discovered Hell is for Heroes about a year and a half ago, and a couple of months after that I was unexpectedly graced by their live performance - a support slot with Feeder. To say their sound is dynamic would be an understatement. The sheer energy that goes into each and every song is something I find missing from a lot of albums, and is what, for me, makes them so good. The sound itself is not perfect, admittedly. It is a mix between emo-core and typical straight modern rock riffs, with the lyrics and image also tipping them closer towards the former. The way in which the band produce and perform such brilliant riffs is what makes them stand out. You only have to see the live show or any one of their videos to see the passion and effort put into the music, and the end result is highly credible indeed. Simple melodies over the top of powerful chords blend together to form a sound that, whilst not exactly original, is very catchy and easy to get into. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics on this album is what, for me, gives the band that hint of emo quality. They generally tell the story of feeling alone in a world of corruption ("Few Against Many"), general melancholy ("Retreat", "Slow Song") and, of course, there's the ultimate 'let go' song in "You Drove Me To It". Overall, the lyrics are well written and blend nicely with the music, whether in the louder songs such as "I Can Climb Mountains" or in the songs such as "Cut Down", to which I challenge you not to have an uncontrollable urge to jump aimlessly around your room. The vocals are also of a high standard, and are a mix of singing and screaming, both of which are flawless. // 10

Overall Impression: Overall, it's a great album, and one I would not hesitate to buy again if lost. The only thing I would complain about is the irritating way in which the songs can sound so samey, for example in "Nightvision". However, for the most part this is a worthwhile purchase, particulalry for anyone into gigging in small, intimate venues with heaps of energy and buckets of sweat. Key songs include the crushing opener "Five Kids Go", "You Drove Me To It", "I Can Climb Mountains", "Few Against Many" and "Nightvision". It's loud, it's infectious, and above all it's damn good. // 10

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overall: 10
The Neon Handshake Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 16, 2005
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: They're kinda cool funky famous under ground power punk. But at the same time they're emo metal. But at the same time they're indie. It's crazy but they really are that good. Definitely recommend them as a band to see live, I've seen the 3 times. I saw them at a free set they were doing which not enough bands do. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are nothing special, but they can be quite moving and emotional. Anyway lyrics would only get in the way of the absolute driving energy of the band, the riffs on every song are much too good to be allowed. // 10

Overall Impression: I found Heroes through a mate o' mine and the first time I heard them live was at the little civic in Wolverhampton about 2 years ago. Needless to say it was the best gig I've been to, and I bought the album from 24hour tesco on the way home. Easily the best album I've heard for a while, I have two copies it's so good. One's signed though. // 10

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