No More Heroes
The French Cold Wave band Soror Dolorosa is back after their first full length recording ("Blind Scenes" released by Northern Silence - Beneath Grey Skies in 2011) with their second album: "No More Heroes" (out in January 2013).
The year 2012 have been touring and composing year, where the guys played all over Europe with Alcest and Les Discrets in February and with Heirs and A Dead Forest Index in September. The guitarist Emey had to leave the band for personal reasons and Nicolas Mons is now taking this position. A big part of the composition of the new album have been made by Emey, but his absence during the recording session of the summer 2012 implied that Frank Ligabue (drums) performed all the guitars and so, composed new songs as well. All those changes and experiences leaded the band toward a more powerful and strong album, where the nostalgic feeling of Blind Scenes is almost gone... No More Heroes is a pure Cold-Goth Rock album where new crooner and late 70' rock influences take place giving a new breath to the band.
In a glance to the Stranglers's No More Heroes' album out in 1977, Soror Dolorosa gave this title to this release because of a certain detail appearing on the photo session Andy Julia (Vocals) made for the cover art, where a badge with No More Heroes appears on an old leather jacket...
In music, there are nothing made at random but only coincidences. Taking this title was the best way to describe their feeling and inspiration.
With No More Heroes, Soror Dolorosa has created another monument to the great spirit of the 80s. Like their highly acclaimed debut, their sophomore album contains nothing but excellent songs that are deeply rooted in the 80s Gothic Rock scene and hint at their main influences, cults acts like The Cure, Bauhaus or The Sisters of Mercy.
However, Soror Dolorosa don't copy the originals. They don't need to. They keep growing to eventually become one of the cult acts themselves. The consistently high quality of all their material in the past and on the new album, as well as their flawless performance in the studio and on stage, attest to the tremendous talent of this band.
Once again, there are no fillers on this release as is often the case with bands who produce one or two hits per album and the rest just doesn't match up. Every single one of these tracks has the potential to become a fave, be it the catchy up-tempo numbers or the more melancholic or gloomy songs. The band often alternates between these styles which creates and excellent flow throughout the whole release that keeps the listener attentive and yet completely absorbed in the music itself.
There's no doubt that Soror Dolorosa once again managed to create of the year's highlights, and as they have proven again and again on stage here’s a band that is destined to greatness and, given the chance, can easily compete with the best.
The album will first be released as DigiCD (ltd. 1000) and CD jewel case, and in late Spring 2013 on limited vinyl.