Showing posts with label H.E.R.O.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label H.E.R.O.. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Gravity"

BRAND NEW

Our friends from H.E.R.O. are back with new music! "Gravity" boasts more intense guitar riffs and a more intense atmosphere, which keeps you on the edge of your seat all through the song.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Made to be broken"

SONG OF THE WEEK

Time to meet our song of the week: it's new single by H.E.R.O.! The Danish group returns with the thrilling "Made to be broken", an explosive song that incorporates heavy guitar riffs and synth influences with the mastery that only they can provide. The song addresses the past of their front-man, and the issues of suddenly being abandoned by the people you were supposed to love the most. This is a teaser of the band's next album, on which they've been working during the pandemic. We can't wait!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

10 Questions For: H.E.R.O.

INTERVIEW

Few artists have been on our lists of best songs of the year more than once. This band not only achieved this feat, but went even further: they have already been there three times (in 2015, 2017 and 2020). It's clear how much we admire their music – and, therefore, it's possible to imagine the enormous joy we felt at being able to interview them! These are our 10 questions for Christoffer Stjerne, of H.E.R.O.:

Sounds European!: Let's start our interview talking about the band's origins. How did you guys meet? How was the band formed? And what's the meaning of the band's name, H.E.R.O.?

Christoffer Stjerne (H.E.R.O.): First of all, thank you for taking the time to interview us! :)
H.E.R.O. started out by Søren and me being friends and one day talking about forming a band. We were both in a situation where our old bands and projects kind of faded out, so it finally made sense to start up something new together.
We brought in Andi on the drums, because we thought he was nothing less but the best drummer we have ever heard. So it took a bit of persuasion, but we are glad that he joined us – almost 10 years ago now. :)
And for the band name... no special meaning. We just had a song called "Superpowers", so it made sense that we should be called H.E.R.O..

SE!: What artists did you enjoy listening to when you were going up? Do you feel they have influenced, in any aspect, your current work as a band?

CS: I think we all grew up listening to quite different artists. Søren is definitely more old-school than Andi and me. He listens to a lot of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, Bowie and stuff – while Andi is a heavy metal guy. I myself grew up in the grunge era, so I was deep into Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and such.
I definitely think that all our influences have been a big part of creating that special H.E.R.O. sound.

SE!: When we think about genre, yours is even a bit "obvious" to determine: rock. But we can't really say it is a usual rock. You guys have a unique energy, and a melody that usually reminds us of pop and other genres besides rock itself. How would you define your own music, in genre and style? And how does your process of finding the right sound for your songs work?

CS: Well... that's a thing that many have asked us before. We don't really care about genres – we usually just make music the way we like it.
That being said, I'm a person that has pop written all over my Spotify. Which means that I don't listen to rock or metal that often anymore. So when it comes to our sound, we try to combine a heavy bottom with modern and contemporary melodies and lyrics.

SE!: Still talking about your process of music making, but now going beyond sonority. How is your songwriting process? What themes do you like to deal with in your lyrics? What messages do you seek to convey? And what else do you take into consideration during your creative process?

CS: Our writing process is pretty easy, I think. I don't believe in divine inspiration and such – I believe in hard work, and writing every day.
That's how I do it with H.E.R.O. and when I write and produce for other artists.

SE!: In 2020, you released your second album, "Bad blood". It is great, and it has one of our favorite songs of yours, "Avalanche" (which we selected as one of the best European songs of 2020). It is an album with different styles, melodies, moods. What can you tell us about it, and its songs?

CS: Thank you so much for rating "Avalanche" so high on your top 50 – we really appreciate it! It's also a song that is close to my heart.
From a personal point of view, I think that was the song that kicked off the sound and vibe of the whole writing and production process of "Bad blood".
The "Bad blood" record has a big "personal crisis" written all over it. I won't go into details, but we were dealing with some personal problems in the band – and the easiest way to overcome that is to write some songs about it.

"We are not halfway there when it comes to what we want to achieve" (Picture: Nalle Magnusson)

SE!: You have crossed borders, and achieved success in other countries as well. An example of this is Japan, where you reached #1 on the international radio charts for several weeks. How did your relationship with Japan, and with audiences in other countries, begin, and what is it currently like? And how do you feel, reaching people from such different places?

CS: I think we are really blessed with all the stuff that has happened and still is happening in Japan. I think it all started by a coincidence – a powerful Japanese rock DJ picked up our song "Dangerous" and played it on the radio again and again. That really started all the attention from both record labels and fans.
We do have a special bond with Japan, and we always have the best time in the world when we visit.

SE!: Now looking to the future: What do you still want to achieve in your career? What are your biggest professional objectives and dreams?

CS: It's always difficult to talk about dreams and hopes for your career – especially with a year with COVID-19, that made us cancel almost everything we had planned. But I can tell you this... We are not halfway there when it comes to what we want to achieve. We are working hard on new music at the moment, and I'm confident that 2021 will be a great year for us.

SE!: You have worked with some big names of the music industry, such as Slash, for example. What do you seek to bring from experiences with other artists? And if you could choose anyone, who would be some Danish and international artists you would still like to collaborate with?

CS: It's a dream when you're in the presence of legends, and some of your biggest idols. We have done nothing but just being humble and trying to enjoy and learn as much as possible.
As for a Danish artist, there are quite a few pop acts that I would personally like to work with – but if Dizzy Mizz Lizzy or Volbeat called us and wanted to collaborate, we wouldn't turn it down.

SE!: What are your professional projects for the near future? What can your fans expect from you in 2021?

CS: Fans can expect quite a lot! We are finishing up our new single – hopefully to be released soon – and there will be a full length album later this year.
For me, personally, I've done an album with Danish rock band Lucer, that I really want to succeed. And I've done a full album with Pretty Maids guitarist Ken Hammer, which I have high hopes for as well. So, quite a busy year!

SE!: We would like to finish this interview with a song of yours. What is your favorite song by H.E.R.O., and why?

CS: Oh... that's a tough one. Can you play the entire "Bad blood" album? :)
Naaahhh... one of my all-time favorite songs is "I hope this changes everything". I think it captures everything in H.E.R.O.: pop, rock, and metal.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Top 50 of 2020: #4

BEST SONGS OF 2020

In 2020, Sounds European! has presented more than 1500 songs. And now, as it is our tradition, it's time to reveal our favorite ones among them. Until December 31st, you'll get to know our list with the 50 best songs we've discovered this year.

4th place: Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Avalanche"

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Carelessly"

BRAND NEW

Danish band H.E.R.O. return to our site with their sounds. Now, it's turn to present "Carelessly". Their latest single brings a slight touch of retro synth sounds to wrap up a fabulous melody.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Wild"

BRAND NEW

Danish band H.E.R.O. are having a very prolific 2020. Last month, they dazzled us with "Avalanche", and now it's time to check out "Wild"! This time, they include elements from pop and synth beats to create a unique rock track!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Avalanche"

BRAND NEW

We're thrilled to present one more single by Danish band H.E.R.O.! They have just released "Avalance", a powerful rock song that grabs your attention from the very first guitar riffs and never lets you go. We coudn't be any more addicted to it: it's our song of the week!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Top 50 of 2017: #22

2017 IN 50 SONGS

The end-of-the-year period is filled with traditions, and we also have our own. It's time to review some of the coolest artists and tracks which we listened throughout the year. In 2017, Sounds European! has presented more than 1600 songs. And, among them, we now list – until December 31st – the 50 ones which we consider to be the best of this period.

22nd place: Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Dangerous"

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Break you down"

BRAND NEW

Danish band H.E.R.O. were featured recently, but they have yet another dazzling new single waiting for you. This time, they bring us a different sound in "Break you down", an intense synth-rock that will send shivers down your spine!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Dangerous"

RECENT

Danish band H.E.R.O. are finally back on Sounds European!, and boy they are returning as powerful as ever! "Dangerous" brings pure old school rock to the game. This single really unveiled our inner rock lovers: it became our song of the week!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Top 50 of 2015: #50

2015 IN 50 SONGS

It's already becoming a tradition: every December, Sounds European! looks back on the best music we've presented throughout the year. The editors reviewed more than 1300 songs, in order to select the 50 which they consider the best ones of 2015. Until December 31st, this top 50 will highlight some of the coolest artists and tracks which were seen here during the year.

50th place: Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Fall and fade"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Denmark | H.E.R.O. - "Fall and fade"

BRAND NEW

H.E.R.O. are a brand new Danish band hailing from Copenhagen, and they are ready to embrace the amazing rock scene in the country. Christoffer, Søren and Anders have recently released "Fall and fade", a song that explodes right in the beginning and takes us into a magic four-minute trip through the chords of the finest rock you can find.