Reviewed by Cory Clubb
The End Is Not the End by House of Heroes
"House of Heroes has brought along a collection of music worthy of heroes..."
After an agonizing wait from their last release, band House of Heroes brings us the next adventure entitled The End Is Not the End. It’s been three years since fans have heard from these guys, but the result is an arrangement of songs ready to hold steady for another three.
The music is catchy and broad; it ranges from guitar hooks and big drum beats to acoustic rhythms and ska/punk throwbacks. While most of the album is straightforward rock, the band manages to bring in assortment of sounds and tricks incorporated within. While focusing on their musical talents, the End, has underlining themes of war and redemption. Each song seems to have it’s own story to tell.
Tracks “If”, “Lose Control”, “Code Name: Raven”, and “The Young and the Brutal” rock in the band’s signature sound. The one slower ballad “By Your Side” takes a break from rocking hits and transforms into a story of brotherly love and commitment. Yet, the heavy beats like “Baby’s a Red”, “Journey Into Space, Part 1”, and “Sooner or Later” will have you singing along and tapping your foot. Spiritual tones are somewhat hidden within most tracks, but the ones that are evident deal with feelings of redemption, loneliness, and grace. Musical comparisons come in waves in the likes of Green Day, Weezer, Relient K, or Fallout Boy.
Even though the wait was long,
it’s been worth it. I really enjoyed
this release and fans of the band will be overjoyed; yet those just looking
for a great upbeat album to rock to---this is the one. House of Heroes has
brought along a collection of music worthy of heroes, some who fought bravely
and others who long to capture our heart. I just hope that it doesn’t
take another three years for these guys to complete another release.
Cory Clubb is author of the novel Saved by Grace and currently working on his first thriller. He holds a degree in Graphic Design and is always seeking to advance his talent as a writer. He is an avid reader, movie buff, and music enthusiast, tools he uses to infuse his imagination. He lives in central Illinois with his wife and three sons. You can find out more about his projects at his blog.