Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quickbits : Fire From The Gods, Goo Goo Dolls, Dreamcar

Fire From The Gods - Narrative Retold (2017) Heavy music with a heavy message
Texas metallers Fire From The Gods headed into the studio with producer David Bendeth and recorded an energy package that completely shook me up, I kinda missed their 2016 album "Narrative" when it came out so I won´t let it slip through the radar 2nd time around.
Now it gets a deluxe release with 2 new tracks and an acoustic version of "Excuse me", the new tracks are really great where the Jonathan Davis-produced "The voiceless" is beautifully brutal and "The taste" a melodic modern rock knockout that should please fans of Saliva.
This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American, a story that stems directly from frontman AJ Channer`s life.
When the numetal genre seem to lack of new stunning bands, Fire From The Gods strike down like Thor with the hammer so with bands like FFTG, I can believe in metal again.
Highly recommendable if you like Sevendust, Skindred, P.O.D.
(+) It´s so smart to blend metal with elements of hip hop and reggae.
(-) The non-melodic moments aren´t that many but they´re like a few stains on a white sheet.

Goo Goo Dolls - You should be happy (2017) All we need is something real to believe in
"You´ve got 500 channels distracting your brain" sings John Rzeznik in the opening track "Tattered edge/You should be happy" of Goo Goo Dolls new EP, the chorus goes "All we need is something real to believe in". Some wise words from the Buffalo based duo.
The song is also the best one out of these 5 tracks, I think it´s reminiscent of the sound of their two greatest albums "Dizzy up the girl" and "Gutterflower".
The new single "Use me" is a typical contemporary Goo Goo Dolls song, more radio friendly and quite harmless. Takac sings lead on "30k feet", not one of his most memorable tracks if you ask me.
The EP also contains "Walk away", the bonus track on the Japanese release of their latest album "Boxes" and a remix of the title track "Boxes" that feels rather unnecessary.
They won´t write history with this EP but it´s solid and fans seems to dig it.
(+) Anything that bring thoughts to Steve Perry makes me happy like the EP title which is the name of a song from his solo album "Street Talk", even if it´s not the same song.
(-) Did they forgot to bring the electric guitars when they recorded these songs?

Dreamcar - Dreamcar (2017) A supergroup that makes a first pitch home run
I must say that it was quite unexpected that the new supergroup Dreamcar would turn out to be an adorable 80´s new wave affair, I melt like icecream in the sun when I listen to their debut album.
The band is Davey Havok (AFI) - Lead Vocals and No Doubt members Tom Dumont - Guitars, Tony Kanal - Bass and Adrian Young - Drums, but they don´t sound anything at all like AFI or No Doubt which is a good thing.
They have signed with Columbia Records and recorded the album with producer Tim Pagnotta (Sugarcult), a perfect team just like Def Leppard and Mutt Lange or King´s X and Sam Taylor.
If you love the singles "Kill for candy", "On the charts" and "All of the dead girls", then you´ll probably be stuck with the rest too.
For fans of Duran Duran, A Flock of Seagulls, Kajagoogoo.
(+) This should make youngsters wanna start a rockband again instead of sitting in front of a computer and trying to create soulless pop.
(-) Who wants to hear a new AFI or No Doubt album?, when all I want is another Dreamcar album.

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