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CategoryVinyl
ThemeBands
GenreDeath Metal
Media formatLP
Media PackagingStandard
Available since 25.11.2016
Product code344940

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5 reviews

Meh

Hero contains that same sense of dissonance with a whirlwind approach to the guitars, and the percussion pounds away with a variety of tempos. Hero captures a certain primal urgency, and the music can be almost exhilarating, particularly during the album’s first half. In fact, the first half is excellent, culminating in “Phosphor,” a droning whirlwind of a song anchored by blastbeats.

But, KzR takes some chances with high pitched vocals in two short tracks that fall flat. “Decima,” a short, minute long interlude after “Phosphor,” is weak and out of place. Unfortunately, it leads in to “I Am III,” a bad song at nearly ten minutes in length with, frankly, awful vocals that nearly ruin the album. A similar song, “Chlorophyllia,” also bad, follows much deeper into the album. The minute long closer, “Atropos,” picks up where “Decima” left off, and falls equally flat.

The second half is saved somewhat by the solid “Spiritual Athleticism,” but Hero is almost unlistenable in certain places. Also, the production is unspectacular. Hero should be seething with power and it simply doesn’t; instead, the dissonance is highlighted at the expense of such power.

While the overall sound is still recognizably Bölzer, with its big, bold guitar tone and penetrating vision, the make up of this release and its individual parts are altogether more airy and epic in nature, as an album simply called Hero probably should be. Besides being a bit more open ended with more space to breathe (and thus, freer to build tension), what fans will immediately notice is the vocals. In addition to what you’ve come accustomed to with Bölzer, they’ve added a pretty prominent array of clean vocals to the mix that will undoubtedly throw some off and turn others off altogether.

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7 reviews

Good shift

Firstly, the LP sounds amazing but it doesn't come with a download card which I dislike.
Anyway, Bolzer have progressed and grown nicely from their EPs whilst still maintaining thier initial spirit and integrity. The major changes are some clean vocals which remind of early Enslaved, and some slower parts. Harsh vocals and brutality still dominate and the atmosphere is still epic.

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12 reviews

Album of the year

For me this was the release of 2016, It really grows on you after each listen. It's an evolution from the first 3 EPs but it's definitely something worth having.

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