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Album review: No Real Hero – “The Forest”

Hailing from Montreal, No Real Hero have unleashed a new EP, a follow-up to their 2014 self titled album. The Forest will have you feeling nostalgic for the early days of Fat Wreck Chords. Their brand of punk infused metal delivers a message of rebellion and heartbreak. The easiest comparison to make is Propagandhi. They are both Canadian, they both liberally use epic guitar riffage to highlight their punk sneer, and both seem intent on kick-starting a revolution.

The Forest opens with a track that seems pulled from Tron, dark and ominous with an electric pulse. This shroud is shredded by a barrage of guitar licks and a bombastic rhythm as “Comfort and Sorrow” makes it clear that this band is not here to play nice. ‘What’s good to you don’t mean shit to me’ they snarl as they lament about how people ‘Seek comfort in other people’s sorrow’.

“Broken Waters” a song about mourning the death of a child perfectly mirrors rage and despair with changes in tempo. One minute anger and swelling guitars, the next a soliloquy of despair. It’s a heartbreaking look at the helplessness felt in the mortality of someone so new to the world.

The incendiary nature of this EP shines through on “This is Home”. ‘Just watch us kids come together/we rise our fists high and strong’ is the riotous call to arms for despondent kids unsure of the rage they feel or their place in life. A song that one can only imagine would be amazing live, with all the kids that this song mentions singing along with their fists raised in solidarity.

“The Forest for the trees” provides a lush and technical display of guitar chops. Then we reach the pinnacle of the album, the closer “Red and Black” a song that explores a purposeful overdose on the part of a young girl upon the realization that her boyfriend shared her nude pictures. It’s a dark exposè on current social trends that plague our society.

The Forest is a short but intense offering from a band that takes a familiar style and completely makes it their own. This may be the only time I say this, but if they added a little more of that electronic Tron-esque sound from the opener to the rest of the album, I would not complain.

4.5 / 5 Stars



DS Exclusive: No Real Hero premieres “The Forest” EP

Dying Scene is stoked to roll out the red-carpet premiere of Montreal band No Real Hero‘s new EP, The Forest, out September 6, 2018 on Thousand Islands Records. Pre-orders are on sale now and available hereThe Forest is a wonderful follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut, which highlights the band revolving around heavy metal riffs and a punk rock attitude.

With The Forest, members of No Real Hero have garnished their sound splendidly, and evolved it into a much subtler simpatico development of punk rock with some of the band’s heavier influences than in their previous release, giving it some of those Fat Wreck Chords-esque characteristics we’ve all come to know and love, while still maintaining all the (abused) substance and charm of a good ol’ dirty rock and roll band. It’s a beautiful thing when a band finds itself and comes together, and The Forest wreaks of band maturation. So much for eternal adolescence, ehh guys?

Stream The Forest below.



No Real Hero stream new song “Red And Black”

Canadian punk act No Real Hero are streaming their new song “Red And Black,” which comes from their upcoming EP, The Forest, that is set to be released on September 6th via Thousand Island Records.

You can give the song a listen below.

No Real Hero last released their self-titled debut album in 2014.



No Real Hero (Canadian punk) sign to Thousand Island Records

Canadian punk act No Real Hero have signed to Montreal based DIY label Thousand Island Records.  The band is currently working on the first release for their new label, which is due out later this year.

If you are not familiar with No Real Hero, you can check out their debut self-titled EP below.