|Review: Fireland - Fireland II|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: July 13, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)
I was a bit of a fan of this band's self-titled debut from a few years back, and so I was excited to get their new press-only EP (really a demo) and see what they were up to. What I liked about this band before was they mixed a heavy modern guitar attack with catchy, NWOBHM-styled vocal melodies. They have ditched that approach, and sound so different I had to double-check and make sure I did not have the wrong album playing.
Fireland have dumbed down their riffing for the most part to simple groove chunking that does nothing but bore me. Here and there, as on the passable "Why Not", they show off some real riffs, but otherwise the riffing stinks. The leadwork is still pretty damned awesome, but it is stuck in the middle of this parched desert of suck. The vocals this time are honestly pretty awful, with a lot of multi-tracking and 'coreish growling mixed in with so-so singing and tepid vocal melodies.
This band seems to be heading on a more groove/rock direction, and despite the obvious talent on display, especially in the lead guitar department, this EP is just barely listenable. The riffs are simplistic, the vocals are actively bad, and nowhere is there a song to match cuts off their debut like "My Eternal" or "Gods of Love". A resounding "meh" from me.
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