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This is a mighty fine effort with more than enough contained to keep Hard Rock and AOR fans happy.

Having just been sent the promo without a bio, a little digging about led me to Paul Stead, the former Sacred Heart man who released four albums before calling it quits back in 2011. The Darker My Horizon is new venture for Stead, aided and abetted by Gavin Tester (drums), Mark Stephenson (guitars) and Max Notaro (bass) with the band sound-wise offering a rather nice slice of traditional Hard Rock. It's always difficult, and perhaps unfair, comparing new bands to those better known, but TDMH manage to flit nicely around many without pinning their flag to any mast in particular.

Tracks such as 'Diablo', with its down tuned splendour, conjures up moments of Bad Moon Rising circa 'Opium For The Masses' – however, no sooner than you say that they flow into a sumptuous chorus a million miles away. 'Dear Olivia' with a crunching riff blows you away with several tasty lead breaks over one heavy riff and again slides effortlessly into a hugely delightful chorus with multi-tracked harmony vocals – think Guild Of Ages and you may be on the right track. The wonderful ballad 'Feels Like Home' is another sure fire winner. Having more in common with Three Doors Down meeting Bon Jovi shows the band can write, and by that I mean actually "write" some great songs.

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Further standout moments include 'Change' and the title track 'No Superhero' with its Nickleback-ish vibe. However, 'Top Of The Class' really fails the exam. A slightly faster version of the verses in Whitney Houston's 'Greatest Love of All' really doesn't cut the mustard and lyrically it's a wee bit twee.

Overall, this is a mighty fine effort with more than enough contained to keep Hard Rock and AOR fans happy. The Darker My Horizon are not the finished article by any means but they have displayed they can write some great tunes and deliver them rather well to go with it. A bright future may be in store should they continue along their current path.

Kieran Dargan

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