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Her Name Was Fire: Road Antics

This is the second duo I'm reviewing this week. The first, Closet Disco Queen, began as a last-minute stopgap in a festival lineup. Her Name Was Fire started as two friends sat at a bar and argued well into the night. I don't know what they were arguing about, but the result of that discussion is an energetic band with a strong debut album. Even though the band has only been together a year, they've already played several gigs and have a solid reputation in their native Portugal. On this album, the band shows off a love for tight, groovy, hard rock that understands the power of the riff.

Debut albums hold great significance, especially with bands that have momentum like Her Name Was Fire. I'm pleased to report that the band makes a good first impression even if some of the tracks work better than others. If there's one thing that stands out consistently, it's the band's energy. I don't know how this album was recorded, but it sounds great and captures what I can only assume is the band's live sound. Several of the tracks burst into the ears with heavy grooves and swaggering power. I know that some fans won't like the clean vocals or this band's penchant for rock instead of extreme metal. Still, Her Name Was Fire captures the essence of heavy rock in impressive ways. Check out tracks like "Summer Strummer" or "Nightcrawler" for good examples. This is a strong debut from a band worth watching.

Track Listing:
1. Little Pain
2. Take My Soul
3. Gone in a Haze
4. Wrong
5. Bring the Ransom
6. Nightcrawler
7. Way to Control
8. Summer Strummer
9. To the Sunset
10. So Long Starman

Added: July 31st 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 934
Language: english

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Her Name Was Fire: Road Antics
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2018-07-31 22:53:13
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Within seconds of Her Name Was Fire beginning their journey down the highway of Road Antics, you can immediately tell that they are yet another in the current list of duos - a band configuration that seems to get ever more popular by the minute (thanks White Stripes...).

Here riffs are fuzzed to an extent that the lack of a bass is somewhat masked. Working alongside busy, busy, busy drumming and full throated, sometimes wild vocals, every space is crammed to bursting. It’s all a little, well Royal, of the Blood… Not that there’s anything wrong with that if you like that sort of thing, “Little Pain” certainly possessing a rollicking, raucous, riotous riff and the sort of clicky, clacky, whacky, smack drums that turned up loud hit like the T-Rex just lumbered into view in Jurassic Park. The worry however kicks in with “Take My Soul”. Don’t get me wrong, again we’re walloped by a seriously gimeganormous groove and again there’s a hook mighty enough to land a basking shark - and his best friend. And yet, if you tacked this on the end of a Royal Blood album, you’d happily think it was a bonus track.

Personally I find that duos quickly shoot their bolt and with Road Antics, Her Name Was Fire aren’t immune. “Gone In A Haze” does add a slightly grungier, grimier, bluesier, schmoozier slide, but as “Wrong” apes, well, Royal Blood’s big hit, “Figure It Out”, so you begin to wonder if you haven’t heard all this before. In fact, I’d be a liar if I didn’t tell you that not only when “Way To Control” started, but also when “To The Sunset” clonked and bonked its way into existence, I checked to see if the album hadn’t ended and just begun again.

I’ll temper all of that by saying that from start to finish, Road Antics certainly entertains and certainly hits like these guys mean it and yet for all the fuzzed up, rocked out bluster, there’s nothing that’s made me come back for more. And the more I hear it, the less excited I become.

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