This is an interesting four track demo that FIREIGN is offering us here. Mixing some Thrash influences with Death vocals and also a good dose of IRON MAIDEN riffing, this make their music quite enjoyable. I found myself head banging quite a lot while listening to their fast and galloping guitar riffs. I really like this kind of thrashy Power Metal mixed with some high pitched harsh vocals. I always have a problem though qualifying this kind of music, as it is not really Death or Black Metal, but could be heard as that because of the type of vocal. I hear FIREIGN as a heavier IRON MAIDEN, or a less neoclassical CHILDREN OF BODOM band as you won’t hear any “WARMEN” like keyboard here. In fact, there are no keyboards to be found on this CD, just pure head banging Heavy Metal.
For a demo, the sound is incredible. You can hear perfectly all the instrument, the distortion sound is great and heavy and I would like to give a mention to the bass sound, which, without being in your face, is just enough loud to hear the great work put in it. The fact that they are coming from Newfoundland, Canada is quite interesting, as I didn’t know there was even a Metal scene there. They have already release an independent release “Valley Of Unrest” in 2002, which I haven’t hear sadly but they got at that time some really interesting reviews from well known magazine like BW&BK and Sweden Rock.
It is a shame such a good band isn’t signed yet on a major label, as they deserve to be with the best out there. I don’t understand how a band with such a great sound are still obligated to do some demos to try getting a record deal. Please Century Media or Nuclear Blast; you need this band under your arm. I wish the best of luck in the future for FIREIGN. (Online April 14, 2004)