Heroine (From First to Last album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 21, 2006|
|Genre||Post-hardcore, experimental rock|
|From First to Last chronology|
|Singles from Heroine|
Heroine is the second studio album by American post-hardcore band From First to Last. It was released on March 21, 2006 through Epitaph Records. It peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 33,000 copies within its first week. It is the band's highest-selling album, and has sold more than 232,000 copies as of April 2008. The album has spawned two singles: "The Latest Plague" and "Shame Shame". A B-side, "Save Us", has since been released via the band's official Myspace.
It is the last album to include lead vocalist Sonny Moore, who began his own solo project afterwards due to musical interest and multiple vocal cord issues resulting in surgery. Sonny also stated "I cannot continue to strain my vocal cords in this way" when announcing to Matt Good that he was contemplating leaving. Sonny now records electronic music under the alias Skrillex, although in the band's reunion in 2013, Matt Good said in an interview that he was looking if Sonny would possibly do a short live performance of some of the older songs, but also mentioned that Sonny is always on tour and is very busy. Sonny possibly contributed to their kickstarter page for their new LP Dead Trees. Wes Borland played bass on the album after Jon Weisberg was forced to leave the band in 2005.
|Drowned in Sound||link|
The album has received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Corey Apar of Allmusic awarded the album 3 and a half stars out of 5, saying, "Heroine not only reveals distinctly stronger and more confident vocals, but also finds the band placing a greater emphasis on more intricate song arrangements," and chose "The Latest Plague", "World War Me", and "Waltz Moore" as the album's track picks. AbsolutePunk also gave a generally positive review, saying, "Gritty as hell, full of obscenities and soaring sing-along choruses, FFTL has successfully transformed their sound." Drowned in Sound awarded the album 7 out of 10 stars, saying that "while the sublime irony and overblown satire of their debut was lost on some, the quartet have refused to make the same mistake with Heroine," and that "while vocalist Sonny Moore's lyrics still leave much to be desired, he still portrays a real sense of emotion with his vocal style."
|2.||"The Latest Plague"||3:18|
|3.||"... And We All Have a Hell"||3:22|
|5.||"World War Me"||3:10|
|7.||"The Crows Are Coming for Us"||4:55|
- From First to Last
- Sonny Moore – lead vocals, additional keyboards, additional guitar, piano, programming
- Matt Good – lead guitar, vocals, keyboards
- Travis Richter – rhythm guitar, unclean vocals
- Derek Bloom – drums, percussion
- Additional musicians
- Ross Robinson – producer
- Ryan Boesch – engineer
- Tim Smith - management
- Andy Wallace – mixing
- Nick Pritchard – art direction
Heroine EPK (Making of the Album)
|U.S. Billboard 200||25|
|U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums||2|
|U.S. Internet Albums||25|
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