White Lies review by LoveHateHero

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  • Released: Feb 20, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (16 votes)
LoveHateHero: White Lies
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Sound — 9
LoveHateHero have come a long way since their debut album 'Just Breathe' with their sound maturing both musically and lyrically. The guitarwork on this album is amazing, with Kevin Gruft (Thrasher) providing very solid lead guitar lines, along with lots of harmonisations and solos. On this album, the only band members that have remained since they recorded their EP are bassist Paris and vocalist Pierrick, who sings more confidently and switches between vocal styles often. The three new members all prove to be very talented musicians, from the memorable guitarlines to advanced drumwork. The songs that stand out the most would be Goodbye My Love, Amity and White Lies.

Lyrics — 8
There are moments in this album where the lyrics and vocals really do stand out, and you get a feeling that Pierrick really means what he is singing, and there are very memorable choruses. Some of the themes in the album are slightly familiar (losing love, being cheated on, image, and the choices that the band have had to make to get where they are) but all of the songs work really well and there is enough variety to ensure that the album is not too samey.

Overall Impression — 8
White Lies is a very good album from a band that is getting a lot better. However, there are not a lot of innovations or original ideas that LoveHateHero have put forward as a whole, and some listeners may feel that they have heard some of it before. This should not, though, stop people from buying this album, as it is a showcase of great musical talent and boasts twelve very memorable songs. If the band keep progressing as they have, the next album should be something to really look forward to.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sg_player
    woo first comment. this band is amazing. they actually know how to play their instruments. the guitars are great. this band kills other post hardcore bands like alesana, a skylit drive, chiodos, silverstein and such
    dxvxb
    ill make it to the brigades and running with scissors r my favorites.
    andrew12398
    So many talented younger guitarists are appearing on the scene, Thomas Erak, Nick Reinhart, and now I've discovered Thrasher. I love how he incorporates '80s solos' into hardcore music too. Great band.
    blakiss
    sg_player wrote: woo first comment. this band is amazing. they actually know how to play their instruments. the guitars are great. this band kills other post hardcore bands like alesana, a skylit drive, chiodos, silverstein and such
    Alesana, Yes. Skylit Drive, Yes. Chiodos and Silverstein, Not Even.
    Omgpaulslike
    Decent post-hardcore group with a couple of decent songs that will get a few listens. Some of the guitar work is quite nice. Weird people though.