Greg W. (autobodycad) from MOWEAQUA, IL Reviewed on 7/3/2010...
House of Heroes is one of the rare modern rock bands who know how to sing. Their fun, unique groove is quite contagious, with enough melody and crunch to satisfy a wide variety of rock listeners. "If" and "Lose Control" are two standout tracks, the former being a fun love song of sorts and the latter just brimming over with fun rock riffs and pace changes. Highly recommended!
The End is Just the Beginning
Cory Clubb | IL United States | 01/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.
Easily the best of the Year
C. Smith | New York | 10/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all this album rocks! I listened to House of Heroes self titled and wrote it off as okay, but serious potential. I bought this album through amazon mp3 thinking that it was just another Christian album. One listen to the whole 57 minute album is all it takes to be hooked. It's everything about it: the guitar riffs, the upbeat drums, the extemely harmonizing vocals (in which all 4 of the band members have amazing voices), the topics the cover, the concept of war, there is just too many good things to say about it. Each song plays fine by itself (in particular: Valley) but they just go so well with each other. There is not one song on this album which I can say I even thought about disliking. The sole 2 "ballads" are extremely well played. "By Your Side" is definitely a tear jerker, and "Field of Daggers" has a nice edge to it. Favorite songs: "Valley of the Dying Sun", "Code Name:Raven", "Journey to Space: Part One", and "Voices". House of Heroes is setting a very high standard for the music industry, both Christian and Mainstream. You can read all the 5 star reviews you like, but the only way you'll know how awesome this album truly is, is to buy it."
House of Heroes Has A Masterpiece
Opinionus | 06/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well, it seems on this page there's a slight majority siding with me, and so likewise I believe there's not much more to say about this epic ecstasy of rock that they haven't mentioned already.
A couple of their songs hit a sour note here and there in terms of morality, but over these 16 songs are a phonological odyssey of love, remorse, grief, and hope with the blood and hardship of World War Two fluttering half-seen in the background. But it is no period piece. Make no mistakes; here is a universal outpouring of emotion that I once thought impossible to achieve by means of electric guitars and modern drums.
And of course musically nearly every song is brilliant catchy, and soars jsut as deep as the spellbinding lyrics. But don't take my word for it."
N. Hamilton | Alaska | 06/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've downloaded this album for 2 bucks on a whim. This has got to be one of the most inventive and flamboyant rock albums I've listened too - ever. Valley of the Dying Sun is an obvious standout, weird yet tasty. It's a good representation of the rest of the album. The rest of the songs have similar, if more subdued experimentation laced throughout. Think of a "Christian" version of American Idiot. Instrumentation is not earthshaking but well preformed and suitable. Vocals are clean, easy to understand and will probably get stuck in my head (sorry co-workers). If you have a chance to pick this up I'd recommend it, even at full price."
Watch out American Idiot....
Strangely Normal Steph | 06/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...Because it looks like you've got some major competition for Epic Rock Album of the Decade! Who would've thought that House of Heroes, a very good yet very under-the-radar band would churn out this little masterpiece? Anyway, the concept of the album is World War II and the band does not only an excellent job combining an older theme with modern music, but even more impressively, they manage to weave in themes of their shared Christian faith without sounding like so much of the crud that passes for "Christian music" (see: my personal favorite "In the Valley of the Dying Sun", a track that could either be about war or the story of Jacob wrestling the angel in the book of Genesis that brings to mind "Bohemian Rhapsody"). Anyway, enough about my rambling, just buy the album! Believe me, it's definitely worth the money :)"