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Fire Red Empress - Paint Me The Devil Award winner

Fire Red Empress
Paint Me The Devil
by Daniel Fox at 12 August 2014, 12:33 PM

There may come a time when you find a band, and you think, "why are they not huge?" Of course, the answer is usually obvious, but it's a common reaction to finding something outstanding. Such as it is with UK Rock band FIRE RED EMPRESS; the debut EP sending shivers down spines with energetic, torrential surges, topped off with a crystal-clear and pure production.

"Left Unspoken" offers a remarkably catchy ride. Energetic hard rock is juxtaposed against smooth-yet trembling drum-x-bass passages, made possible as such by Nik's wonderfully versatile voice. The riffs chugged forth are boiling with delicious grooves, a sharply-beveled edge delivered by the sharp bass. I absolutely cannot fault this track at all. The title track can be enjoyed for similar reasons, if not noticeably darker. The riffs and vocals express a primal fierceness that had not yet been brought to bear. I wouldn't hesitate to name some strong Punk instigation behind this piece, with rhythmic arrangements more than a little wild in parts. An improvement even on the previous track, the riffs are nearly as catchy as the vocals, whose inflections has deepened and varied.

"Behind the Veil" is my absolute favorite by a longshot, however. My love for stoner rock has been growing exponentially in recent times; the first 3 seconds alluded me exactly what I was getting into. A heavy-as-hell, jovial riff shake-down dominates most of the track, very much like something off a recent CORROSION OF CONFORMITY album. The chorus is the best moment found on the EP, vocal and instrument meeting each other in unbridled intensity.

I have high hopes for this band, and would pay good money to see them, and again, and again. Their debut full-length is highly anticipated.

4 Star Rating

1. Left Unspoken
2. Paint Me the Devil
3. Behind the Veil
Nik Taylor-Soatks – Vocals
Caril Gethin – Guitars
Paul Gethin – Guitars
Ben Picken – Bass
Luke Middleton - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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