ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 31.07.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great bands evolve because they have to to survive; not commercially or in the fleetingly-skimmed column inches of mediocre critics, but because their creativity erupts and spills beyond the confines of their early offerings with startling urgency. On A Hero’s Death, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have made it abundantly clear that they intend to be counted among the true greats of their genre.

Darker and more brooding than debut Dogrel, this album strips away some of their boisterous shamanism for a more measured, no less affecting, sensibility.

The result is an effort that hurls itself into a constant state of motion, ebbing and flowing from exquisitely-crafted post-punk soundscapes to discordant, swarming freak-outs that spin and exhilarate like a hurricane at a carnival.

 

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