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Fire - Thrill Me (CD)

Thrill Me
by Grigoris Chronis at 18 December 2009, 1:41 PM

(Review by Alekos Letter 7 Touloumis)

FIRE hails from the exotic Malta island, a land with minimal contribution to Hard Rock music. Without such a tradition, to say the least, most of us will possibly look in a weird way but truth is there are cases when notable bands pop out being an exception to the rule. In the Malta case, I tried coming up with a known band from over there; not that I could recall of FIRE anyway, who now release their second album in their career named Thrill Me, after their Ignite debut (2006).
The album has the same-title intro in its beginning in an AC/DC-like rhythm section style, later to develop a full mid-tempo pace with a very good refrain and a party mood. A nice track, with a rhythm guitar being hot and heavy, something going for nearly all the CD's tracks. Get It On comes next and is an equally vivid tune, with a rich chorus, even if I'd wish for the absence of some (for me) irritating a-la DEEP PURPLE keyboards. Listening to That Kind Of Woman is a martyrdom, since I cannot stand distorted/filtered vocals, while Come With Me speeds things up reminding of the Turbo era of JUDAS PRIEST (has a nice songmaking pattern, too). A classic BON JOVI hardrockin' style is visible in Always There, again seeing a nice chorus (the band's 'ace' point?) and an interesting wah-wah solo; this probably is - in my humble opinion - the album's most thrilling tune.
The sequel is quite pale with Hollywood being a disappointment and Crazy Lovin' sounding quite an average cut. The same goes for the Blues-based No More Pain and Where Are We Goin' - both tracks are total fillers - and Lost Without You sees FIRE trying to bring back the JUDAS PRIEST vibe but in a more modern approach. As an epilogue, Back Home has a fluent intro and ends up in WHITESNAKE-like smell being barely likable.
Either way you see it, FIRE is a band that has not much of a chance beating the odds, since it offers quite a small amount of impressive moments to the listener, who - in return - shall not spend much time in his/her first audition. The songwriting level of the band seems to be quite average, while the vocals in specific sound below par. This may be a result of the variety of the members' age (from 25 to 50, if the CD booklet photo is a good judge…) ending up in a conflict of influences. As a 'plus' I'd point out the album's neat production and the sparkling refrains; they cannot - though - save the day themselves…

2 Star Rating

Thrill Me
Get It On
That Kind Of Woman
Come With Me
Always There
Crazy Lovin'
No More Pain
Where Are We going
Lost Without You    
Back Home
Kenneth Calleja - Vocals
Joe Vella - Guitars
Robert Longo - Guitars
Charles Cassar - Bass
Mark Abela (Zizza) - Drums
Record Label: Avenue of Allies


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