|Hero’s Fate - ‘Human Tides: Black Light Inception’ (Self Released)|
|Written by Mark Ashby|
|Thursday, 14 February 2013 03:30|
From the cover artwork, depicting a solitary figure standing on a piece of jutting rock over a broiling sea and in the eye of an impending storm, to the last dying chord of the music, everything about this self produced, self released debut album from German quintet Hero’s Fate is dark and brooding, intense and ominous – feelings which are compounded and expanded through song titles such as ‘Drowning In Sorrow’, ‘The Abscene Of Light’ and ‘Dawn Of The Black Light’.
Two years in the making, the album hoves into sight via the slowly-building intro, ‘Invoking The Doom’, which does exactly that, starting off as a rumble in the distance and slowly growing over the initial acoustic guitar melody into a slowly burning appetiser: it’s fusion into ‘Blood Will Never Run Dry’ is perfectly executed, with the main riff picking up on the intro’s melody in a which is refrained throughout the album and demonstrates the thoughtfulness which has gone into constructing this opus.
This first track also shows off the attention to detail which has gone into the individual songs: again, it builds slowly from a doomy opening into a tempestuous, hard hitting melodic death metal middle section before slowly fading out in a dark and enchanting orchestral closing section. Such thoughtfulness is echoed almost immediately in ‘Drowning In Sorrow’, on which, not for the last time, the band take the interesting approach of mixing the lead guitar riff and solo underneath the main rhythm, not in a way which makes the listener strain to hear the lead, but which adds an additional layer of darkness to the overall effect.
In addition to superbly executed song structures and the overall album structure, as well, as each track flows seamlessly and logically into the next, giving a well-balanced, holistic feel to the overall opus, each of the musical performances is also excellent, with the key word here seeming to be ‘restraint’. Special mentions in this regard must go to drummer Rene Neubauer, whose performance is flawless, and vocalist Jan Fellberg, who mixes light and shade in a way which many other vocals struggle to achieve.
One of my favourite approaches to songwriting is the “less-is-more” one, and that is a route which Hero’s Fate definitely have chosen to tread, to great effect. Even on the likes of the epic instrumental ‘Dead Waters’, it’s not overladen with needless orchestration, but rather it’s an acoustic guitar which picks out the main harmony and allows the rest of the instrumentation to breathe around it.
Impressive stuff, and I certainly look forward to hearing more from Hero’s Fate in the not too distant future.