Hero Destroyed – Throes -CD
Remember a time when the word "metalcore" meant an actual fusing of heavy metal music with hardcore? Most people don't, but Hero Destroyed sure do. With Throes, they harken back to a time where a breakdown doesn't have to be detestable and remind us the name of the game is chaos. It's hard to justify calling them "metalcore" as there is a lot of mathcore in their sound, in the same vein as early Dillinger Escape Plan, Coalesce, and even Botch, the masters themselves. The tracks That's An Axe and Army of Draccoons show that metalcore can still be about the chaos and the unpredictability that this band can throw in any song will turn your world upside-down. In Minion, Hero Destroyed runs through just about everything you can expect from the metalcore genre: punishing hardcore riffs, intricate jazzy solos and a time signature that never stays in one place for too long. Each song on Throes is brutal without becoming a self-parody. This is what real metalcore is all about: someone's pissed off and they're going to let us know about it. The penultimate track Dom Wampus should be a metalcore classic - Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying fans, stay away. The comparisons with Coalesce are obviously apparent, but they don't dominate to where you can write them off as a rip-off. More bands should know that you can never go wrong with sprinkling your sound with a bit with Coalesce or Converge. Hero Destroyed is poised to turn the world of current metalcore on its head with Throes. If you don't have a headache at the end of this album from headbanging or from trying to follow Hero Destroyed's excellent musicianship, there's something wrong with you.