Face Down Hero – ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’

This latest release, their 6th album so far, comes a long awaited 3 years after their last – ‘Product Of Injustice’, is self produced, along with Martin Buchwalter, their long-standing producer. Mixed and mastered at Gernhart Studio, Troisdorf. Founded in 2004, Face Down Hero are thrash metal, with an open-minded view and a freestyle approach. ‘F.E.A.R.’ shows, once more, their eclectic form of writing. Artwork by Felix Backer, modernising the band’s artistic presentation. The lyrics are largely related to the bands’ perspective of modern society and the panic/fear culture ingrained within it – though the lyrical emphasis is also on love and hope; demonstrating other possibilities within their work. ‘F.E.A.R.’ is their broadest, bravest work yet.

Nation Fractured – Unexpected intro – quite a subdued, melancholic initial sound, before gradually giving way to a higher, more uplifting vibration, with plenty of melody and a very satisfyingly heavy thrash section. Making the most of each component, it all blends together really impressively, cohesively and dare I say it? Catchily. This is one fun track and I’m glad I found F.D.H.

Last Exit Call – Getting right into a classic thrash sound, straight away, you know you’re going to enjoy this and you’re right. Melodic, thrashy, good track length, performed with loads of passion, bags of energy and infectious enthusiasm. All the right ingredients. Proper head-banging, air guitar, sing along, drum along escapism. Thrash lover’s heaven. I need more of this.

The Newborn Me – Opening up with an incendiary riff, killing it already. Great sounding vocals, heaviness abounds. Neat inclusion of the line from ‘Sound Of Silence’. So fitting there and showcasing perfectly, the contrast of light and dark. Hugely exciting riffage, of epically orgasmic proportions and needless to say, you’ll want at least one re-run.

Goodbye To All Heroes – Piano solo intro, capturing a brilliant sense of pathos, joined by equally heartfelt female vocals, so briefly, before being overtaken by the harder, thrashy male vocals, injecting so much energetic variation. A clear sense of feeling just pours through it, so well emphasised by those hauntingly beautiful female guest vocals, returning for the finale, in conjunction with the piano, into which so much emotion is poured – particularly during that palpably heartfelt heavy finale. The musical equivalent of feeling someone sinking and crashing through the floor. To be able to portray that sense, through thrash metal is a rare skill indeed.

Peddlars Of Fear – Crashing into life, with a complete change of scene, this is a brilliant reflection of Metallica’s ‘Fight Fire With Fire’, Ride The Lightning era. All fans of classic mosh pit thrash will love it. Massively vibrant, uplifting and vividly colourful – one for your collection of therapeutic release go to’s. Viking metal converts will dig it too. Just an awesome display of metal attitude, dexterity and sheer exuberance.

Legion – Now you’re gonna wonder what’s going on, but all is soon revealed, after the bizarrely curious intro, as more hard-line metal happily follows. Well titled, it’s an aptly strong song, filled with conviction and true metal cred, it rocks hard. Then some. Lots more. Magically mood enhancing riffage, catchy as hell vocals and thrash perfected drumming – it’s incredible.

Wolfchild – Introing now with a true old school riff, classic rock style. It wastes no time in getting down to business and sending out its message – metal all the way. Heaviness rules and it’s raining metal. Slayer, eat your heart out! This is a goldmine of metallic pleasure, worthy of the late Jeff Hannemann himself. Another well titled track. It says it all and that close will literally reverberate right through you.

Echoes Of The Sun – Darkness returns, reminding us of the other side of the light and the inherent beauty within it, before the light comes back again, bringing relief and safety with it. A really special song, encapsulating so many shades of colour, darkness and light, you’ll just want to drink it in and keep it in. Pure metallic beauty, crafted with such utter sensitivity and insight and it just bleeds right through it. Prepare to be spellbound.

When A Promise Becomes A Lie – Bang! Laying down the thrash metal insanity, out comes the party stuff! The perfect closer, brilliantly executed, it’s just 100% metal and it rocks it to the ground. Warlike drumming, lightning fast riffs, screaming, singing guitars and all-out fun, free thrash metal vocals. There couldn’t be more truth in that final line, ‘you must believe’. I do. 110%).

Overall – Fuck me, this is immense! If thrash metal songs were stars, this would be the brightest star in the firmament. Quite simply divine. There’s nothing to dislike here and nine tracks of solid thrash, to love. One of my best finds this year. Enough talking. Go get it. Now.

10/10 **********

For fans of Metallica, Megadeth, Reign Of Fury, Die No More, Slayer, Pantera, Anthrax, Testament, WASP, anyone who’s anyone in the world of thrash metal.

http://www.facebook.com/facedownhero

http://www.facedownhero.de

Available now on Yonah Records.

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