Metalcore has pretty much run its course at this point in time, but Hero In Error has broken the mold. The guitar riffs played throughout The High Point Of New Lows EP are good enough for any guitar buff, but one thing holding this release back is the lack of varied vocals. Most tend to stay in the middle range and only one time is the singing actually pushed (although not by the vocalist himself, but guest vocals by Justin Hill from SiKth). With that said, let’s get a little more in depth.
Hero In Error are from Dublin, Ireland. Their sound is an amalgamation of the metalcore of August Burns Red, the energy of Every Time I Die, and the technicality of SiKth (from whom Dan Weller and Justin Hill are on production duties for this EP). It’s a bit of everything, having metalcore and thrash punching you in the ear right off the bat, then the SiKth-influenced breakdown, and continuing said breakdown without the technicality in favor of an in-your-face approach. It then builds off into the sky on spacey guitars and gang vocals, coasts along the skyline a bit with drums and vocals, then slams you back down to earth with the lines “If you play with fire / you’ll get your fingers burned / well the pain is healthy / respect is earned,” followed by a metal-tinged breakdown. The actual musical composition of the song follows no blueprint (which is where 90% of metalcore bands fail) and instead follows its own agenda. The gang vocals in “Port In The Storm” are also a nice touch that isn’t heard too much in the hardcore genres.
“High Point Of New Lows” is a more progressive tune that isn’t as energetic as the last track, but it shows how this band can really reach out and expand beyond the confines of metalcore. Although the energy is very much present, it isn’t as heavy or fast. The vocals on the chorus sent chills down my back as it hits certain notes that aren’t evident anywhere else on the EP. I’m sorry I can’t really explain this point any further; you will just have to listen to it to get what I’m trying to say.
With “Trees That Mourn Their Leaves” being the longest track on the EP, the band stretches their wings and show where they are capable of taking their music. They really nail down the softer side of things while delivering breakdowns that will make a metalhead think twice about listening to hardcore. At the 2:57 mark, they go into uncharted territory and reach for the more ethereal soundscape with powerful vocals and joining noisy guitars with perfectly performed drumming that would make Justin Hill blush (and probably did).
Hero In Error really hold their own and are capable of carrying the torch onward in the vein of Sikth, Fellsilent and Johnny Truant. The one and only thing I think kept this EP from really shining was the limited range of the vocals. Although they are good, they do not go beyond the middle range. Some more singing would have been welcome to break up the monotony. I recommend this EP to even the casual metalcore listener. Hopefully these guys don’t follow in their predecessors’ footsteps and break up too soon.