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Hero of 100 Fights
Hero of 100 Fights
Divot Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you want to know what it's like listening to Hero of 100 Fights you'll need two things: a four wheel drive vehicle and a dry concrete parking lot. Once your materials are at hand, shift the 4x4 vehicle into the "4 Wheel Drive" position and turn the steering wheel all the way to one side. Put the vehicle into gear and push the accelerator all the way to the floor. Feel the violent bucking as the wheels, out of sync yet unalterably connected, slip and then regain traction? Feel that whipping in your neck and the butterflies in your stomach? Feel the nuts and bolts in the frame shaking loose? Feel yourself wanting another ride before it's all over? Well, that's kind of what Hero of a Hundred Fights are like.

Another installment in a long line of "ex-" bands, Hero100 take a step away from their former groups, Managra and Brass Knuckles For Tough Guys, although it remains to be seen if the step is one of forward motion or merely sideways. Hero100 take elements from both bands and whip them into 8 powerful, frenzied barn burners that, when combined, barely break the half hour mark. Some tracks like "Saying It's All In the Math" slow things to a pace which approaches clarity, showcasing the trio's unseen ability to write a darn good math rock song. It isn't long, however, before the chaotic side breaks through the brittle containment and all hell breaks loose, the guitar and bass losing direction in a pea-soup of fuzz and distortion. Just when things look grim and you're ready to turn them off Hero100 stop on a dime and break it down all over again as in "Appypollylogic." "Table Scrap Lottery" sounds like a sordid mix between Nevermind-era Nirvana and old school hardcore, which is actually quite interesting.

Hero of a Hundred Fights (how many bands are there with the words "Hero" "Hundred" or "Fight" in their names, anyhow?) have all the promise of their former short-lived projects and the tools and direction needed to shake up a dull and stagnant scene. Lets hope they can keep it together.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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