Download Festival 2018: Hell is for Heroes

Hell Is For Heroes

Download Festival

Zippo Encore Stage

Friday, June 8, 2018


By Eric Mackinnon


If you roll back the sands of time 15 years, most rock music experts had Hell is for Heroes tagged as 'the next big thing.'

They were the next band ready to explode into the musical stratosphere. After all they were riding the wave of their classic 2003 album 'The Neon Handshake' – which was named the 58th best rock album EVER by readers of Kerrang.

Unfortunately history has proved these kind of things are impossible to predict and despite critics and their hardcore fans fawning over the record and gushing in praise the band were dropped by their label.

Another two albums followed before the band called it a day in 2008.

Now, a decade and a half on from when it all began, Hell is for Heroes are back, to make another bid for the throne so many believed was theirs for the taking.

The band are on the road, have filled venues around the country and are heading for the Download Festival this summer. And anyone questioning whether to check out the Zippo Encore Stage on Friday, June 8, fret no more.

Hell is for Heroes haven't missed a step. While so many bands' output falters following a hiatus I would stress the opposite may well be true for them. Expertly paced, passionate and energetic live shows have been the staple of their recent run and Downloaders – your ears are in for a treat this summer.

The London five-piece are making the most of their latest run and frontman Justin Schlosberg says it is humbling fans are still so receptive to the band and their 2003 debut.

“"It was a big record in every sense, except maybe record sales, but we were never really ones for sticking fake records in frames up on the wall anyway," Justin told us.

"The songs were pure and honest, and we didn't compromise in making the album what we wanted it to be.

"I think that's maybe why people still care about it after all these years."

"If we were to do one thing differently, maybe we wouldn't blow so much money on having a good time in LA," Justin continued.

"Actually no, we'd probably still do that as well."

Hell is for Heroes announced an indefinite hiatus in 2008 but after four years they were back in the game. They have been gaining steady traction since although their touring has been sporadic at best, a slot at Download three years ago saw them well received after a sticky opener.

Justin recalls: “Download was awesome but we opened with slow song and got bottled.

“But by the end of the set they were begging for more. that's what I call a good rock show."

See Hell is for Heroes on the Zippo Encore Stage at Download this summer.