Artist: Heroes Of The Broken Hearts Label: Lil Army Records Album: We Are Broken Release Date: 14th February 2008 Run Time 52:55 Format: MP3 128pbps
Heroes of The Broken Hearts We Are Broken
An overlap between artist name and album title might linger as a slight lack of originality, but it’s easily overlooked in the case of Heroes of the Broken Hearts and their 2008 debut We Are Broken. Following in the footsteps of the rap-rock pioneers Linkin Park, singer/producer Ste Tha’ Fallen’s complex layers of sound, dark melodies, and emo-driven vocals compliment rapper LiL TiL’s brooding lyrical flow to add a formidable entry into this burgeoning hybrid genre. The idea of redefining or transcending genres has become cliché in a proliferated music scene, but the elements of reverberating vocals and a sullen keyboard take this challenging style of music in a surprising direction.
The album, aptly released on Valentine’s Day of 2008, starts with an Elliott Smith-esque intro and develops into a melancholic ride highlighted by the heartbreak anthem “My Heart Vs. Your Dagger” and the rat-ta-tat-tat of the socio-politically astute track “The Truth About War.” The sound bounces among qualities of a dysphonic Whitey Ford, something from early nineties R&B, and an angst-filled yet soulful Hawthorne Heights. The band is wisely complying with a new generation of music fans, by offering the entire album for free download on the popular BitTorrent directory, MiniNova. In the first week a rush of support and interest placed Heroes of the Broken Hearts in the homes of nearly 1,300 listeners. These numbers, impressive for the solo debut of an independent act, offer evidence that the band has the potential to elevate above the shadow cast by Linkin Park and Gym Class Heroes. For those who aren’t Torrent savvy, check out select tracks, including the newly released single “These Days (Without You)” at MySpace.com/HeroesoftheBrokenHearts.
1.Intro (We Are The Broken) 2.I Can\'t Be 3.As Tears Go By 4.My Heart Vs Your Dagger 5.Heartache Anthem 6.Emotional Wreckage 7.Learn To Let Go 8.The Truth About War (Ft Littlest) 9.No One Cares 10. On My Own 11.These Days (Without You) 12.How To Heal A Broken Heart 13.In My Darkest Hour 14.Broken No More