Dead Heroes
"Let It Ride"

(Sin Klub Entertainment 2003)Dead Heroes - Let It Ride

It does not take long listening to Dead Heroes' "Let It Ride" to figure out that this punk rock band have as much punk influence as hardcore and a little heavy metal. Their eighteen track album, including the unlisted Heresy cover, is a nonstop assault on your ears.

Fast and heavy, "Let It Ride" opens the album with nonstop drums and bass pounding as guitarist/vocalist Kirk Morrison spits out the lyrics in a gruff, throaty voice not unlike the Dropkick Murphys' Al Barr. Nearly the same as the album's title track, "No Regrets" could segue into "Beating All Odds" seamlessly, as the same song, if not for a brief pause and bassist Tom Hardy, in a froggy Cartman from South Park-like voice, adopting the position as lead vocalist for the song. "It's a hard life running in Hell-A/the sun always shines the people they prey," Morrison exposes on the catchy and solid "Hard Life." Taking up a slightly different style, "The Sweet Taste" changes the rhythm multiple times and relies more on guitar as does "MoodSwinger," which sees Hardy return to lead vocals for the song. Fast and catchy "Riding on Fumes" is, relatively, poppier before the speeding and pounding of "Third World City" reverts back to more traditional punk.

Guitar serves as the driving force on the catchy "Wild Ride" while solid drumming carries the quick paced "Little Rock Star." "I got a girl her name is Madge/I show her twenty and she shows me her badge/this is going to fuck up my life/what am I going to tell my wife?" Morrison shouts angrily on the aggressive "14th Floor." The chorus of "Johnny Rogue" can not help but stand out as it is hollered repeatedly on the song while "Break Neck Speed" shows the band is more than just speeding punk rock. With a guitar solo that rushes to keep the fast tempo "Strung Out," as Morrison moans, "Booze and speed in my head, oh my God, it's 86 again." With a familiar storytelling style, "A Friend" is a catchy and strong closer before the band's cover of Heresy's "Loved ya to Death."

Throughout "Let It Ride," it is the band's use of intros -- making them slightly and noticeably different then the song they are leading into -- that offers depth and some variance song to song. Fast, sweaty and in your face, Dead Heroes barely stop for a break throughout "Let It Ride." And more importantly, they do not need to.

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