Is there a saviour
Who can turn the tide

All our lives are on the line
We need a hero – Hero!

Beast in Black is a groundbreaking 5-piece power metal force of nature. Based in Finland, this band is known for its powerful and melodic music often inspired by Anime. Their song, Cry Out For A Hero from their second album, From Hell With Love, is inspired by the beloved classic: ‘Fist of the North Star’. The song, while inspired by the anime, is only slightly tied to the source material. This makes the listening experience enjoyable for everyone, even if they have no knowledge of the original tv shows. This hard hitting anthem tells the story of a dystopian wasteland where the people are waiting for someone to come save them. While there is little resolution to the theme (we never really find out if the hero shows up), the song is overwhelmingly hopeful and powerful but in a very interesting way. Unlike a lot of cliche songs about this theme, the lyrics are not hopeful because there is a reason to be hopeful. Instead, they are hopeful for lack of a better option. Making the theme of hope all the more powerful.

Musically, the song is a weird hybrid between Judas Priest and ABBA. The heavy and catchy melodies give the song a pop feel, while Yannis Papadopolous’ overwhelmingly powerful vocals give it that metal kick that will make you want to bench press your house. Pair that with some badass anime lyrics and you have the perfect concoction to make you feel invincible.

As a massive Beast in Black fan, this song has been a favourite of mine for a while. To me, it is the pinnacle of what the band is. A perfect blend of catchy, heavy and unique that gives me a rush of adrenaline every time I listen to it.

Listen to this track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJooj3hdzQ

Submitted by Prashant Srinivasan Sarkar

Cry Out For A Hero

On this godforsaken planet
Smoke and death in the opal mines
Nuclear war-torn cities fill your sight
Oh, it’s a world of sadistic killers
Men are tortured as they die

Is there a savior
Who can turn the tide

All our lives are on the line
We need a hero – Hero!
Unknown avenger from afar
He’s the chosen one
The savior of the people – Hero!
From sorrow’s land our bleeding hearts
Cry out for a hero

In the heat of revolution
Blood runs everywhere
For a brighter future’s sake
We dream and dare
It is the hour of retribution
End of dark despair

Godsent avenger
Electrifies the air

All our lives are on the line
We need a hero – Hero!
The seven scars and fists of fury
He’s the chosen one
The savior of the people – Hero!
From sorrow’s land our bleeding hearts
Cry out…

All our lives are on the line
We need a hero – Hero!
Unknown avenger from afar
He’s the chosen one
The savior of the people – Hero!
From sorrow’s land our bleeding hearts
Cry out…

All our lives are on the line
We need a hero – Hero!
The seven scars and fists of fury
He’s the chosen one
The savior of the people – Hero!
From sorrow’s land our bleeding hearts
Cry out for a hero