Heroes For Hire
No Apologies


4.5
superb

Review

by Tyler Christian Pifer USER (17 Reviews)
January 30th, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While ultimately doing nothing knew, Heroes For Hire prove that they are one of the best the genre has too offer in an overcrowded scene while improving on every aspect where they failed in the past

Australia has been a breeding ground of late for countless metal and hardcore bands with the likes of Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, and Deez Nuts, who have made their way across the ocean to America becoming very popular. However, over the last couple of years, the land down under has been producing a good number of pop-punk bands, one of those being the Sydney based five piece Heroes For Hire. Signed to Half Cut records, HFH have released two previous albums that were a huge success in Australia, with their sophomore record, Take One For The Team gaining international success that earned them a tour with The Pretty Reckless. No Apologies, produced by Steve Klein, further develops the band’s sound, which is best described as a mix between New Found Glory and I Call Fives.

Overall, No Apologies is a well-crafted, executed, and produced album that proves that Heroes For Hire know what they are doing. The driving force for the band is clearly vocalist Brad Smth and backup vocalist/guitarists Duane Hazel harmonizing vocals that are simply beautiful . The album also features guest vocals by Jeff Todd and Roger Lima of I Call Fives and Less Than Jake respectively. No Apologies picks up right where TOFTT left off. The volatile opening track “Rip Out My Guts” is a straightforward pop-punk anthem that sets up the rest of the album nicely. Vocalist Brad Smith does his best Jordan Pundik impression which works well over the soaring guitar. As the album progresses, we are introduced to more of the same, which is alright because of how catchy it is. Stand out track “Set In Stone” is the fastest track that Heroes have made with upbeat drumming and tapping guitar harmonies and lyrics filled with vulgarities that are sure to have kids moshing at their shows. The album never lets up with the exception of the acoustic ballad “Nowhere At All.” Another stand out track is “We’re Only Just Getting Started” which has gang vocals as well as some of the best backing vocals in the genre courtesy of guitarist Duane Hazel. For the most part, HFH trade angst filled lyrics for a more mature lyrical approach which shows that the band is willing to evolve lyrically as well as musically.



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nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive decided to try more of an extended sound off than a full on revew. Let me know what you think.

robvusechevic
January 30th 2013


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Sums up my opinions pretty much perfectly.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19920 Comments


"a mix between New Found Glory and I Call 5's"

where do i sign up?

Digging: Transit - Joyride

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxxIkPqwtxE

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Joel's screaming is not on the album version.

Hep Kat
January 30th 2013


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

lol supremely shitty band my god

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19920 Comments


good review man pos'd. glad some people still care about this genre around here.

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Appreciate it.

andcas, it came out in September of last year I just added it to the database last night.

pmmets07
January 30th 2013


5900 Comments


that song/video was abysmal and equally douchey

pmmets07
January 30th 2013


5900 Comments


dat bitch at :50 doe

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah its a great album.

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who gave this a neg? Damn you! I was almost at 80% approval.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19920 Comments


try not to worry about it.

you've only written 10 reviews the more you write the less impact a single neg will have on your approval

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I could care less. haha just giving whoever did it a hard time.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19920 Comments


ah lol. i used to worry about troll negs but just saying you seem like a good writer so if you wrote more reviews i'm sure your approval would go up.

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've gotten better. My older reviews are not very good.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2013


19920 Comments


neither are mine lol

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn thats a lot of reviews.

nononsense
January 30th 2013


3414 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As soon as they add the debut Bleach Blonde ep I'm gunna review that one.

tommygun
January 30th 2013


24988 Comments


didn't read past summary because wow



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