The Hero from Sweden have returned with their fourth album and a continually evolving sound that shifts even further toward a blend of goth and hard rock.
The Hero (originally just Hero) formed in 2003 out of members from the power metal band Sons of Thunder and the doom/progressive influenced Veni Domine. As many bands do, The Hero’s sound has evolved over time with Bless the Nation (2006) being groovy hard rock, Immortal (2009) and Afterlife (2013) shifting toward power metal and the sound on Miracles evolving even further. Throughout the albums the one constant has been singer Michael Hero and the somber, baritone sound he has created.
Not having any idea of what to expect, I was still a bit surprised by “Kill the Monster”, the opening track on Miracles. A distorted guitar lead with a full band counterpoint had me thinking that this was going to be something along the lines of power metal/hard rock, but then the guitars went away, the piano came in, and that smooth, dark baritone voice of Michael Hero sounded out the verse and the direction of the song changed dramatically. Throughout the song, the piano plays a key role and the vocals really add something special as the song twists and turns. From the vocal standpoint, I get a vibe not unlike old Kutless and the overall song structure is vaguely reminiscent of something from their first album as well. Production is clean, if perhaps a bit thin, but does showcase the vocals nicely without having them dominate everything else. Continue reading »