Renegade Twelve – Heroes of Mine

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A quick Google search of the word “hero” results in a description of “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” The word has several different definitions and it doesn’t always mean the same thing for everyone. I’ve met people who’ve said they don’t have heroes. And while not all of us look up to others, I feel it’s fair to say that we all have inspirations.

Judging from Renegade Twelve’s video for the debut single Heroes of Mine, it’s also fair to say that these are musicians who believe in others. Renegade Twelve is a quintet from Suffolk, England in 2014 whose self-titled album was released last week.

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The video is a performance piece combined with clips of folks holding up chalkboards that are inscribed with the names of their heroes.  Even some of the band members can be seen holding these plaques. According to his sign, vocalist Sam Robson’s hero is the late Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev. Musically, the dual lead guitarists steal the show. Their sound and fancy techniques make it highly obvious that they draw influence from Iron Maiden. This is the band’s primary influence. It shows in the vocals as well with the way the highs in Robson’s voice echo through cleanly and with a sense of self-assurance. The more modern influences such as Avenged Sevenfold are evident in the song structure as well.

This song is an ode to those who motivate us. Even if you’ve never subscribed to any sort of idol worship, hit the play button and prepare to reflect upon your inspirations.

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