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Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes

Released:
CD - January 2013
LP - August 2013

Formats:
DigiCD
CD jewel case
LP

Limitations:
DigiCD - ltd. 1000
CD - undisclosed
LP
66x silver/black vinyl + CD
99x silver/black vinyl
333x silver vinyl

Additional Information:

With "No More Heroes" Soror Dolorosa have 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, cult 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 and gloomy songs. The band often alternates between these styles which creates an 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 of the year's highlights, and as they have proven again and again on stage (on their successful EU tours with Alcest & Les Discrets or with Heirs, as well as their headliner gigs) here's a band that is destined to greatness and, given the chance, can easily compete with the best.

The CD has been released in 10-page cross-shaped Digisleeve (ltd. 1000) and jewel case.
The LP comes in gatefold cover, with printed 250g cardboard innersleeve and A2 poster.


A2 poster of the vinyl edition

66x silver/black blend vinyl incl. CD listening copy,
99x silver/black blend vinyl without CD,
and 333x silver vinyl.

Tracklist:

1. Silversquare
2. Sound & Death
3. Dany
4. The Figure Of The Night
5. Hologram
6. Motherland
7. Wormhole
8. A Dead Yesterday
9. Exodus


Official Facebook Page
www.sorordolorosa.com
www.myspace.com/sorordolorosa

Booking contact:

DARK INDEPENDENT BOOKINGS
www.darkindependentbookings.com

Damian Gibbs
+4407979248477
damian@darkindependentbookings.com
https://www.facebook.com/damian.gibbs1

Pieter De Clercq
+32(0)468 27 06 12
pieter@darkindependentbookings.com
https://www.facebook.com/pieter.declercq.12

Dark Independent Bookings
Heide 18
2870 Puurs
Belgium

Interviews:

www.soundshock.com

Official album shirt:


Available since May 1st, 2013

White + silver print
on black
Gildan Girlie-Shirt (L|M|S)
and
Fruit of the Loom T-Shirt (XL|L|M|S)




DigiCD & LP Artwork


CD jewel case Artwork


Reviews:

"
Though No More Heroes maintains a grey and gloomy atmosphere throughout, the songs themselves are quite diverse. […] Regardless of the style, all the tracks on No More Heroes are effective. All eight tracks are strong and each song offers something slightly different. […] there’s nothing wrong with a retro album if it’s done right, and No More Heroes is certainly done right. If you’re a fan of the genre’s staples, it’s hard to imagine that you won’t get a lot of enjoyment out of this album."
(4/5 -
www.deafsparrow.com)

"Wer dachte, „Blind Scenes” sei ein starkes Stück gewesen, hat „No More Heroes“ sprichwörtlich zu fürchten. Selten hat eine Band vom ersten zum zweiten Album einen derartigen Quantensprung getan, und selten klingt das Ergebnis so erotisierend wie bei SOROR DOLOROSA. [...] ...nicht abwegig die Behauptung, dass von diesem Album auch in Jahren noch gesprochen werden wird."
(14/15 - Legacy Mag)

"
The album creates a dark, melancholic atmosphere and never gets really fast. This is slow motion decadence! Naturally the surprise is not so big anymore than with Blind Scenes, but as fan of The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy and new wave of the eighties, it is refreshing to listen to this in between the daily amount of metallic harshness."
(84/100 -
www.lordsofmetal.nl)

"
Der Opener "Silver Square" nimmt einen denn auch direkt mit in die 80er, als diese Musik zweifelsohne ihren Höhepunkt hatte. Ein einfaches Schlagzeug-Gitarren-Grundgerüst, ein treibender Bass und darüber der Gesang, der mal tief brummelt, mal in die Höheren Lagen geht und das alles ganz spielerisch bewältig, dabei jedoch eine Melancholie transportiert, dass es einem kalt den Rücken runter läuft. In puncto Melancholie erinnern SOROR DOLOROSA durchaus an Katatonia, um mal eine Metal-Referenz einzustreuen. "Sound & Death" verdeutlicht, warum Neige diese Band empfiehlt. Der Beginn hätte mit seiner träumerischen Stimmung auch auf ein Alcest Album gepasst, allerdings macht der einetzende Gesang deutlich, dass hier keine Kopisten am Werk sind, sondern ehrliche und begabte Musiker."
(8/10 -
www.metal1.info)

"
Listening to tracks like the album opener “Silversquare” or “The Figure Of The Night”, it won’t be a surprise if names like THE CURE and THE SISTERS OF MERCY come to mind; yup, the album smells early 80s Gothic Rock from miles away [...] Plus, moments  like THE CURE-esque “Motherland” or “A Dead Yesterday” where the guitars color beautifully the dark scenery, prove the band’s ability to create solid Gothic Rock masterpieces, full of that 80s feeling we all loved – and some of us still do. “No More Heroes” was a real surprise coming from a band I’d never expect to release such an album: it’s velvety dark, melodic and addictive, and it even forced me to leave the couch and twirl once or twice... Félicitations, messieurs!"
(8/10 -
www.metalkaoz.com)

"
Die hier abgelieferte Qualität der Kompositionen ist derart hoch und der [meist zu Unrecht vielzitierte] Albumflow in sich so schlüssig, dass der Hörer bereits von den ersten hypnotischen Klängen/Akkorden des Openers „Silver Square“ und bis hin zum finalen „Exodus“ wie in Bann geschlagen wird. […] SOROR DOLOROSA ist mit “No More Heroes” eine weitere düster schimmernde Perle des Cold/Dark Wave/Gothic Rock gelungen, die – bei nach wie vor tiefer/ehrerbietiger Verbeugung vor den Genre-Urvätern - derzeit Ihresgleichen sucht und trotz des noch jungen Jahres bereits jetzt einen der vordersten Plätze meiner persönlichen Jahres-Top Ten belegt! Fans, die bereits das Debüt kennen, greifen blind zu, alle anderen, die z.B. bereits mit ALCEST, LES DISCRETS, den New Romantic-PARADISE LOST der “One Second”-Ära, BURY ME DEEP und END OF GREEN auf Tuchfühlung gegangen sind, sollten ebenfalls mitnichten zaudern..."
(6.5/7 -
www.metalnews.de)

"
This second attempt follows on from where that exceptional debut left off and builds on their cold retro sound with extra twinges of gothic rock. ‘No More Heroes’ isn’t merely a gorgeous, gothic rock affair though; it’s wrapped in silky dark romanticism, instilled with teary dark-wave subtleties and spattered with a post-punk edge that elevates the listener into an entirely new world of beautiful sadness. [...] A very strong second release makes Soror Dolorosa an exciting revivalist in cold-wave music."
(8/10 -
www.moltenmetalreviews.com)

"
Ein Ohrwurm folgt dem nächsten, und keiner will das Gehör so wirklich verlassen. Somit wirkt das Album wie aus einem Guss.  […] Wer immer auf musikalisch gehaltvolle Kost steht, und auf CHRISTIAN DEATH, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM oder SENTENCED abfährt, wird „No More Heores“ lieben. Auch für Black Metaller könnte es interessant sein, ein Ohr zu riskieren, da SOROR DOLOROSA mehr oder weniger im französischem Black Metal verwurzelt ist. Vor allem Anhänger von LIFELOVER könnten hier definitiv ihre Freude haben."
(9/10 -
www.neckbreaker.de)

"
Gorgeous, gothic and completely entrancing. Exquisite."
(8.5/10 -
www.scenepointblank.com)

"
This second attempt follows on from where that exceptional debut left off and builds on their cold retro sound with extra twinges of gothic rock. “No More Heroes” isn’t merely a gorgeous, gothic rock affair though; it’s wrapped in silky dark romanticism, instilled with teary dark-wave subtleties and spattered with a post-punk edge that elevates the listener into an entirely new world of beautiful sadness. […] A very strong second release makes Soror Dolorosa an exciting revivalist in cold-wave music."
(8/10 -
www.soundshock.com)

"Fans von THE SISTERS OF MERCY, den FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, BAUHAUS oder THE CURE dürften hier in vor Freude jauchzen (sofern das hier möglich ist) den „No More Heroes“ von SOROR DOLOROSA ist erstens: Zum Vorgänger „Blind Scenes“ eine nachhaltig beeindruckende Entwicklung! Und zweitens: Die wohl einzig sinnvolle und auch hörbare Alternative inklusive der Markanten Trademarks eben genannten Bands . Von SOROR DOLOROSA wird man noch einiges hören…."
(
www.stahlseele.de)

"
No More Heroes is certainly one of those albums that must be counted as "cult" albums and in my opinion is one of the best releases in last few years. [...] The guitar job is fantastic, great typical gothic rock elements blend so well together with more typical rock based riffs, sparkling passages and captivating melancholic lines, always keeping the melody to guide the songs. Then Andy Julia's vocals..., dynamic, emotional, breathtaking, yet he brings all needed warmth and passion in front. Great compositions gain even more from impeccable production that sometimes smell a bit vintage and together with unusual cover artwork brings the passion of 80s. No More Heroes is an album that must be in your collection if it isn't already there, because I'm sure and it will be rather presumptuous from me to say that after ten or twenty years from now we will be talking about this one the same things as we say now of legendary albums like The Nephilim, First And Last And Always or... you name it."
(10/10 -
www.terrarelicta.com)

"Andy Julia's singing is better than ever, showing us new faces of his vocal work.  The band enters a new universe of textures and melted sounds, that makes this album unique, definitely one of the best albums of this decade, and probably a big candidate to be the best album of 2013. No More Heroes is honey for your ears, a soft warm breeze touching your skin, and definitely this album has to be in your collection – a must-have."
(
www.thisisgothicrock.com)