FUELED BY FIRE were one of those new Thrash acts who popped up recently and probably deserved more attention then they got. At a time when the Thrash genre was quickly flooding with a ton of bands that were basically playing the same thing, their debut was widely overlooked by mainstream fans and media. Hopefully that changes with their sophomore effort “Plunging Into Darkness."
Although the band isn’t steering away from their path of Bay Area Thrash inspirations, their second record is definitely a tighter and more polished sound. Coming off sounding like OVERKILL did back in the ‘glory days,' “Plunging Into Darkness” is a tightly wound Punk influenced snake that weaves through its energetic pacing and melodic chaos. It’s this aspect of the album that makes it ass over teapot better than their debut, which was solid release in itself. FUELED BY FIRE seem to finally all be on the same page and the chemistry sparks to life because of it.
The band also seems to be better at crafting some its longer and winding style songs. With enough riffs and melodies to shake a stick at, this release really packs a whollop of Thrash goodness. The guitars weave with melodic ferocity streaming those ass tearing leads, the drums pummel the snare driven energy, and the rather mixed down bass grounds the entire thing into a structured meal easy for the listener to devour. With the Punk screamed vocals now toned down into a heavier sound (which sounds Thrashier and less Punky), this band has finally hit its stride.
Although their debut “Spread The Fire” was an overlooked underground Thrashterpiece, it’s this album that truly should make Metalheads turn and pay attention. This is a sleeker and more vicious version of what they had released before and it’s all for the better.
Songs to check out: “Rising From Beneath," “Evoke The Curse," “Eye Of The Demon."
(Online July 1, 2011)