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Dead End Heroes - 'Road Kill'

posted 26 Jun 2014, 13:13 by Paul Woodward

(AOR Heaven)

Review By Woody

Dead End Heroes is the product of musical evolution; it began life as a solo project for Swiss drummer Daniel Vogeli who enlisted the input of guitarist Rolf Munkes which quickly lead to Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz been involved who added lyrics and vocal melodies to Vogeli’s instrumentals. Schulz also drew bassist Paul Logue and his Midnite Club band mate and Hammond player Holger Seegar into the fold and making Dead End Heroes a bona fide band.

Road kill is full of chest beating hard rock anthems with a muscular swagger which captured my attention from the first listen. There’s an undeniably engrossing energy which demands your attention, gets under your skin and gets you rockin’! You can tell these compositions are influenced by seventies style hard rock which is accentuated by the use of the Hammond organ, but I find it overall to be more powerful and driven with punchier choruses than bands of that era delivered. Vogeli and Munkes deciding to bring in Schulz on this project was a stroke of genius as he excels at this style of hard rock. Not only do Schulz’s gritty vocals give these songs their bite but his own song writing has given life and voice to Vogeli’s muscular instrumentals. Schulz has even added his own flavour to the lyric’s which are definitely not the run of the mill clichés which definitely boosts the appeal of these guys for those wanting something a little less soaked in beer and bikes.

It’s a pretty solid album overall, there is one or two tracks which don’t jump out at me, but the overall driven energy of Road Kill makes up for that. I think the obvious tracks that will grab people are the ones with the air punching choruses like the title track and of course ‘Dead End Heroes’ which I’m sure will become the bands anthem live. For me though ‘The Wind Howls Fire’ is a particular stand out as it has hooks all over the place and it has a really intense vibe that gets under your skin. I have to say I’m liking Schulz’s obsession with fire and flames in his lyrics, I’m always drawn to songs that use them, not sure why, one for my psychiatrist to figure it’s what I pay her for!

Road Kill gives us massive engaging guitar riffs with a powerful rhythm section backbone, its energetic driven hard rock with explosive choruses. If seventies influenced hard rock which packs a punch sounds like your thing you can do far worse than checking out Dead End Heroes, I’m confident you’ll be punching the air along to their namesake song! I’m sure these Dead End Heroes will go down a storm with Hard Rock fans and I very much doubt this is the last we’ve heard from them!

Track Listing: Road Kill / Dead End Heroes / Cry For The Moon / Feed The Flames / The Wind Howls Fire / Storm Front / Hands Of The Wheel / And The Loser Is / Technicolor Love / The Fire’s Worth The Loneliness / Gambler’s Crusade

Album Rating: 8/10

Woody’s Essential Track: The Wind Howls Fire