One of the great things about the rock and metal genre is finding a band you just can’t categorise. Hello Sudbury based alt rockers Never a Hero… The other great thing about our musical tastes is how they create opinion. The whole family were engaged in debate about these guys – ‘a rock version of Plan B’ (don’t be too quick to write that off as he’s a very clever guy), a bit like Enter Shikari and Centiment amongst others. That should give you a general idea – the point is what they do they do very very well and each listen to the album reveals another layer, sample and song that sounds different and even better than the last time.
From the pop punk tones of ‘Nightboy’ with it’s additional layers of growls in it’s chorus or the 80’s video game intro to the ridiculously catchy ‘Not too cool to Dance’ there really is loads going on for the ears! New video ‘It’s the Way’ has another great and catchy tune and chorus while current video ‘The Crow that Follows You Home’ has a sample heavy intro reminiscent of Shikari that leads seamlessly into a great riff and dual vocals. Both songs have a completely different feel but both songs have the NaH sound that deserve a listen.
‘God is Complex’ throws a haunting piano/keys 2 minute journey which lead into one of my many highlights here – ‘Kramer’. ‘Insert coin…press start’ into it’s prog start then rapping into another song with the big sample backing. And a lady who really would like you to roll the dice. Very much ha ha. ‘Falling Up’ is next and is a beautiful song – almost the ballad of the album. ‘The Idiots are winning’ – hard to knock a singalong chorus about idiots with some wise words sung here. ‘Succubus’ almost bluesy piano intro leading into the aforementioned Plan B – esque rapping and album closer ‘Time to Crucify’ shows everything good about Never a Hero and closes the album masterfully.
The most amazing thing about this band is the fact an album this good is £5 to buy from their FB page! Do it. You really really should.
Each listen to the album reveals another layer, sample and song that sounds different and even better than the last time.