House of Heroes

The End Is Not the End

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This 2008 follow-up to their appealingly raggedy debut finds the emo band cleaning up their production, beefing up their riffs, and at the same time creating more depth and nuance in their writing. Nowhere is this more evident than on "In the Valley of the Dying Sun," a complex, highly melodic musical journey that somehow embraces bluesy metal, twee chamber-pop, and pert electro-pop and makes it all cohere, like a Christian-rock "Bohemian Rhapsody." The rest of the album follows suit, reflecting admirable creative evolution, and promising untold growth in the future.

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