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From The Dutch progressive rock page www.dprp.net

Dead Heroes Club claim to be the sole Irish progressive rock band, and indeed apart from the defunct Horslips, nothing else comes to mind. Their self-titled debut album is also self-produced and -promoted, and represents their "mission to reinvent and rejuvenate prog-rock in a contemporary context".

The album kicks off with A Day in the Life of the World, which opens pleasantly enough with clean guitars and piano before introducing Liam Campbell's vocals. Mr Campbell is a dead ringer for Peter Gabriel, and displays a similar range and style to early Genesis, with a definite influence in the lyrics as well. The music here is reminiscent of American neo-proggers Iluvatar. It continues in this fairly inoffensive vein for almost four minutes, before launching into a very early-Genesis passage with Hackett-esque guitars and Hammond. Indeed, this piece would not have been out of place on Foxtrot.

Feel the Dark continues the dichotomy. One can't escape the Gabriel comparison, and we're not just talking vocal quality here. Otherwise, it's a lovely tune with some nice riffs. Sunrise on the Trenches, a delightful lyric, has a long introduction in the booklet about the battle of the Somme. I confess I would have liked to have heard this track - and some of the others - with less of the ever-present rhythm guitars.

Falling from Grace ups the intensity with some more guitars. It seems that ten years of guitar effects have passed guitarist Gerry McGerigal by, which is a shame, for the fizzy clipped sound here detracts from the tasteful playing. The middle section here is something Genesis would have done about thirty years ago; since no-one else seems to be doing it any more, I have no objection to Dead Heroes Club doing just that. It's followed by some shorter tracks; The Road to Jerusalem has a nod to IQ in style but lacks variety, and tends to drag a little. One Day Too Soon cuts back on the ever-present rhythm guitars, allowing the song to groove, and it works very well. I'm not sure which band member provides the backing vocals here, but it fits nicely. Press Any Key, by contrast, is four minutes that really doesn't belong on this album.

Third Light is a nice but throwaway instrumental, leading into the longest piece here, namely the ten-minute A Secret Never To Be Told. Now, I generally like long pieces, provided there's enough variety to sustain the interest, and Dead Heroes Club perform that well by moving through each of the moods found throughout the album. It's good, with the exception of some unusually poor vocals early on. They manage to shake off the Genesis comparisons here for the most part. The hidden section at the end is unnecessary.

Dead Heroes Club have done themselves proud with this debut. The album is consistent and offers a good blend of acoustic stylings with the more progressive influences. I would recommend this highly to any fan of the softer side of progressive rock, as well as early Genesis fans. The recent addition of a full-time keyboardist to the band promises more diversity and power for live performances and the next release too. It could do with some more variety in the songs, a little more dynamics to the music, less rhythm guitars; but ultimately, it's an excellent start.

Conclusion: 7 out of 10

David McCabe

From www.imarocker.com- Irelands premier Rock & Metal website
 
Dead Heroes Club
"Who are the Dead Heroes Club ?" you ask.
Well, they are a Derry band who have produced a stunning debut album.

The Dead Heroes Club consist of Liam "Soupy" Campbell(Vocals),Charlie Coyle(bass),Mickey Gallagher (Drums) & Gerry McGerigal(Guitar) with keyboards being played by various members. Together they have produced a superb album which hasn't strayed too far from my CD player since I bought it a couple of weeks ago.

Their sound could be described as prog rock & there are definitely influences from early Genesis, Pink Floyd & Marillion amongst others. If the four letters P R O G put you off I urge you to stop & give this album a listen.

Opening track A Day in the Life of the World is just over 6 minutes of brilliance with an intro that sticks with you for ages after you hear it.

Track number 2 Feel The Dark has some great singing from Soupy who turns in some great performances throughout the album. Following this is Sunrise On The Trenches which deals with the disaster that was the battle of the Somme during WWI (July 1916).This track is currently tied with A Day In The Life Of The World for my favourite song on the album. Simply a beautiful song with superb playing from the whole band. Check out the bass sound on this one, it's fantastic, nice 'n' deep! The solo at the end has a lovely Floyd feel to it…

Track 4 Falling From Grace is very early Genesis in feel & sound with more than a hint of Marillion as well. Track 5 The Road To Jerusalem has a vocal which sounds very Peter Gabriel & a very catchy tune. 'One Day Too Soon' is a very commercial sounding track & reminds me of the 80's for some reason.

The next song Press Any Key is my least favourite one on the album. Can't fault the playing, it just doesn't grab me like the others…sorry lads. Following an instrumental the album finishes with the epic 'A Secret Never To Be Told' clocking in at over 12 minutes. This is another great track which finishes the album on a high note.

Soupy has come up with some great lyrics throughout this album & it is wordy as prog albums tend to be. The songs take a bit of listening to & some of them may well take a few listens to reveal their excellence, I'm still discovering bits… The musicianship is as you'd expect excellent & Gerry's guitar playing is very tasty indeed.

Finally I'd like to mention the production of the album. There's quite a few soundbites & other effects on the album & well done to the band for pulling it all together in such a professional sounding way.
It's for sale locally for 7 so get yourself up to Trash & support local rock!

They're going to be playing locally at the Nerve Centre on 23rd of July I believe to launch the album. They've now added a keyboard player as well so go along if you can to support them..

BEN BYRNE