In a rock world with an increasing female scene; Letters From the Fire stands out amongst the crowd. As a band with a rough start, they weren’t always a female fronted band. After numerous frustrations with singer changes, Alexa Kabazie fell into their lap as an answer to their prayers and changed their sound in such a way that brought us the glory named Worth The Pain, released today.
The aptly titled debut album brings to life the passion and frustrations the band has felt over the last seven years of recreating their image time and time again. Worth The Pain defines our everyday hardships and outlines the strength we have in ourselves to face up and fight back.
The album kicks off with “Perfect Life.” Its killer electronic sampling in the opener makes your heart beat harder, until it suddenly skips a beat and you lose your breath. They shock you back to life with a heavy hit of the guitar equivalent of a defibrillator. It jumps into Alexa’s crooning voice, telling you a story about breaking free from the chains of a hard life and sacrificing a part of yourself for a better one.
It moves into the alluring orchestration of “Mother Misery.” With its whining guitar riffs blending with the liberating backing vocals that are almost chorus-like in nature, it brings a tightness in your chest that can only be described as a gripping sadness. Suddenly you’re faced with the acoustic guitar and the sad feeling blossoms into a cathartic cry for help when the song progresses.
Letters From The Fire switch it up with “Give Into Me” their first single from the album. Its seductive story is told from the perspective of someone’s vice, their drug of choice. You’re handed the understanding of what it’s like for an addict to be faced with their weakness and what entices them to give into the pull. “Give Into Me” draws you into dangerous, murky waters with Alexa’s siren song mimicking the call of the drugs and the hypnotic guitar taking you deeper into that compelling trance.
“Bruised” is reminiscent of an 80’s power ballad. The sound effects mixed with the acoustic guitar in the beginning sing a lullaby of someone who struggles with their self-worth, who might feel unlovable. The person addressing the subject of the song is trying to convince them that their worst parts are still worth loving. The song builds in intensity, each instrument coming together to form an uplifting and empowering emotion.
The release of the lyric video to their track “At War” shows the softer side of Worth The Pain. Lilting piano chords mix with acoustic strumming to paint a picture of someone who is losing their battle against a world that won’t let up. The following track, “Control” begins with the musical box sound you’d find in a horror movie before all hell breaks loose. The inaudible whispering comes next, before it buzzes out into suspenseful guitar licks and moves into a psychotic tune that throws me into rethinking my own sanity.
The album’s namesake song, “Worth The Pain” fades to a cascading guitar tone met with a growly bass. The anger in the guitar tones and the hard hit of the drums seamlessly tie in with the bitter hatred that exudes through the lyrics “Fuck you for killing my faith/Thank you for walking away/Who I am without you makes it worth the pain.” If you need to relieve some anger, take this song with you to the boxing ring. Just don’t punch someone in the face, as you’d be inclined to do with this song as your back up.
Letters From The Fire completely turned their image and sound around to create an album filled with emotion, reflecting their own turmoil over the last couple years of taking chances and risking their passion. Their dedication and determination shines through Worth The Pain and is truly something that you’ll want to check out for yourself.
Here is the link to the official video for “Give Into Me”
Here is the link to the lyric video for “At War”
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