Formerly a Metallica wannabe known as The Unlawful, Cry Havoc switched gears and began to play arena-sized hard rock, which is probably why they've toiled (unjustly) in obscurity for the better part of a decade. Originally recorded in the mid-1990s and then shelved, Fuel That Feeds The Fire is chock-full of heavy riffs, anthems and ballads that recall the glory days of late-Eighties hair metal. God made car windows that roll down for tunes such as "I'll Be There," "Long Way to Heaven" and "Heart On My Sleeve. " And "Rescue Me," with its soaring pre-chorus, is one of the best power ballads you've never heard. Singer and guitarist Stevie A. Durrand's voice is made to sing these songs, which sound larger than life and would have ruled the melodic hard rock underground overseas if given the chance it was initially offered back in the Nineties and then denied.
That said, a few tracks on Fuel That Feeds The Fire come off as dated, and one song ("Paying the Price") even sounds forced. These guys might be a little late, but if you dig hook-filled hair metal that avoids clichés, Cry Havoc – as well as much of the rest of Chavis Records' roster – is worth exploring.