A Hero A Fake - Let Oceans Lie

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Progressive Metal
Victory Records
A Hero A Fake
Let Oceans Lie
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Volatile? Anything but. Upon first listen of A Hero A Fake's latest full-length affair, it is clear that a lot has changed since the band's monotonous debut, Volatile. With little to no lasting value, the album did little to propel the band out of the lower echelon of artists that litter the Victory roster. Be it the tired and trite growls or lack of cohesiveness throughout the album, it seemed like the band was destined for mediocrity unless drastic measures were taken. If the past is any indication of success, Victory Metal doesn't necessarily have the best track record in terms of ground breaking artists (Anyone remember Arise And Ruin? Didn't think so.). With the cards seemingly stacked against them, would the band descend into obscurity like their predecessors, or would they muster their full potential and blow away their contemporaries with the sophomore release? To put it simply, Let Oceans Lie is a landmark release for Victory Metal.

The progression displayed on this release is immense. While Volatile allowed the band get their feet wet in the waters of the post-hardcore scene, Let Oceans Lie mends together everything the band did right on their debut and delivers hundred fold. Known for their part progressive, part post-hardcore approach, A Hero A Fake masterfully transitions through each genre with ease, occasionally throwing in a few choice melodic parts to keep things interesting.

Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the band has been their ability to create tracks that not only display instrumental capacity similar to that of Between The Buried And Me, but maintain a certain degree of complexity throughout. This is best witnessed on “Elk River Falls,” which begins with a simple strum with emotive overtones before transitioning into a progressive onslaught highlighted by ace guitar work. First single and standout track “Let Oceans Lie” further expands on the aforementioned complexity, and midway through, the track finds bassist and vocalist Matt Davis announcing “I'll pull myself up from disaster, greeted by a clear blue sky,” a line that is certainly perfect for the metamorphosis the band has gone through since Volatile.

A Hero A Fake have truly realized their full potential and Let Oceans Lie shows it. Though the growls of Justin Brown still have a tendency to get tired after a few listens, they are still worlds better than those displayed on the debut and in turn do a better job to complement the upgraded instrumental package. The release comes as a welcome surprise and a definite success. If you were quick to shrug this band off initially, they are truly worthy of another look. Let Oceans Lie does little to disappoint.

1. Our Summit, This World
2. Swallowed By The Sea
3. Elk River Falls
4. Sleepstate
5. Astronomical
6. Dear
7. Images
8. Let Oceans Lie
9. Eckhart
10. Impart Your Loss
11. A Year In Passing

Formed in 2004 out of North Carolina, A HERO A FAKE includes Alex Avigliano on guitar and vocals, Justin Brown on lead vocals, Tim Burgess on drums, Matt Davis on bass, Patrick Jeffers on guitar and Eric Morgan on guitar. Their sound crosses all boundaries by attracting fans from different musical genres, and their explosive live shows are nothing short of pure energy. After establishing a fan base in their hometown, A HERO A FAKE took to dominate the world with the help of Victory Records who signed the band in 2008.

Their latest album 'Let Oceans Lie' is now in stores!

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