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A Hero For The World
A Hero For The World
March 2013
Released: 2013, Jacob K Music
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

I love it when albums like this cross my desk, completely unsolicited. A Hero For The World is a project band lead by two Swedish gentlemen, Jacob Kaasgaard & David Sivelind, who now live in the Philippines. Oh, and they have an American drummer. Yes, it’s quite the trans-national collective. Interesting though that may be, we’re here for the music, and fortunately the pretentiously titled A HERO FOR THE WORLD delivers.

From the band’s name, you might guess that they ply their trade in power metal. Looking at the album cover depicting a muscle-bound warrior staring at a fiery world may also lead you to the same conclusion. You’d be right, of course, but interestingly enough the band is not just your standard Euro-styled power metal and actually has more in common with Manowar (again, belied by the tough guy on the cover). It’s actually an uncommon combination, which immediately makes the album refreshing. Also nice: the production on the album is crystal clear, with each instrument getting an appropriate level of focus (no Joey DiMaio bass domination here).

As I said, musically, this is essentially Manowar playing Euro power metal, including all of the excess that implies. Vocals pushed to the front, keyboards swirling all over the place, guitars leading the charge, and double bass galore, A HERO FOR THE WORLD will easily satisfy fans. The only thing that I can really criticize is Jacob Kaasgaard’s vocals. He’s not a bad singer, but he often sounds like he’s trying too hard and pushing his voice beyond its natural limits, occasionally making him grating to listen to.

Ultimately, A HERO FOR THE WORLD is a solid power metal album. There is room for improvement, but it’s a great first step for the band.
Track Listing

1. We Are Forever
2. Eternal Shadows
3. Free Forever
4. Let It Go
5. Heaven’s Eyes
6. Alive
7. End of Time
A Hero for the World:
8. Part 1: Over Land and Sea
9. Part 2: Quest for the Brave
10. Part 3: One Hope of Light


Jacob Kaasgaard: Vocals, Keyboards
David Sivelind: Guitar, Bass
Andy Gentile: Drums

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