Reviewed by Liam McEvoy - July 20
Album released 31st July
Fontaines D.C. return with the follow up to their 2019 critically acclaimed debut album Dogrel with ‘A Hero’s Death’. The Dublin based band it seems have gone on a journey of self-discovery with ‘A Hero’s Death’ and have produced a brilliant album along the way that is sure to capture both critics and fans attention alike.
The album opens with ‘I don’t Belong’. This is a creeping, stalking track that with guitars and drawling vocals opens the album with a menacing atmosphere that is felt throughout the album.
‘Love Is the Main Thing’ continues this theme with the refrain ‘Love is the main thing’ repeated continuously through the track in the same drawling style. This alongside the driving drums and repetitive guitars creates quite the juxtaposition between the lyrics and the track, and continues the tone set at the beginning of the album.
Title track and lead single ‘A Hero’s Death’ is one of the many stand out tracks on this album. With its pounding drums, thrashing guitars and spoken word lyrics, this track begins to give the album a slightly different feel. ‘A Hero’s Death’ gives a slightly more positive look at life seen through lyrics like ‘Look forward to a brighter future’ and ‘Life ain’t always empty’.
Fontaines D.C. close the album with ‘Sunny’ and ‘No’, and these tracks end the album with a slower more emotional feel. This gives the album a feeling of discovery, of searching through the darkness with the light being found in these tracks.
With lyrics like ‘Suddenly my life’s gone easy from ‘Sunny’, ‘and we know what freedom brings’ and ‘please don’t lock yourself away’ from ‘No’ this really feels like Fountains D.C. have gone through a process of self-discovery with this album and have come out the other side with a much stronger idea of themselves.
Set for release on the 31st July ‘A Hero’s Death’ Fontaines D.C. have gone on a journey of self-discovery and in the process have produced a fantastic album that is well worth your time and attention.
1. I Don’t Belong
2. Love Is the Main Thing
3. Televised Mind
4. A Lucid Dream
5. You Said
6. Oh Such A Spring
7. A Hero’s Death
8. Living in America
9. I Was Not Born