Fire From The Gods: Narrative Retold
Have you ever had an album fall into your lap just because a playlist suggested new artists and songs? It’s one of those moments where you need to find out the artist so you can go back and hear it again. This time it was Fire from The Gods: Narrative Retold. I’m baffled when people tell me that rock-and-roll is dead or the metal that has come out in the last five years is all crap. When an album this good appears, I wish it came with a hand to slap those who think metal has gone downhill.
Here at Shockwave, we listen to all types of genres. Not all albums are good, not all albums are bad, but some are amazing. To put it bluntly, some are complete shit and we wish we never took on that piece. I don’t know why I’m off in lala-land here, because this album is great. I needed to get that off my chest. It is a hit-or-miss game and this album is a HIT!
Everyone knows who Sevendust is, correct? Glad we established that, because if you’re a fan of them, you’ll love Fire from The Gods. They are a mash-up of Sevendust, Skindred, and a bit of 2 Skinnee J’s bringing in that reggae feel. Don’t sleep on this band.
Opening Narrative Retold is a step into mortality with “The Voiceless,” where vocalist AJ Channer immediately shows what power is to come from this release. He gives us the “screaming guy” type of lyrics and drops into some amazing vocal harmonies within the same song.
Even sweeter was the very next song, when you thought showing off the vocal range was over and done with; no, no, no. “The Taste” is, quite simply, a “taste” of the best lyricism I’ve heard in 2017 thus far. More of the harmonics continue with “End Transmission,” and are paired with dramatic riffs and tantalizing highs.
Next up, is a serious change of pace, though it is refreshing and energetic. “Excuse Me” is a rap-reggae tune about politics, and the lyrics are as powerful as can be. Put this song on repeat. Do it now.
There is not one bad track on this album. Other must-listens are “Pretenders,” “Into the Blue,” and the exclusive acoustic version of “Excuse Me.” This powerful set of songs is the sophomore release by Fire from The Gods, and it is their best work to date. I can’t wait to hear more from them, even though this is brand new.
Narrative Retold was released on May 19, 2017 on Rise Records.
Fire From The Gods is:
AJ Channer [vocals]
Jameson Teat [guitar]
Drew Walker [guitar]
Bonner Baker [bass]
Richard Wicander [drums]