FUELED BY FIRE - Spread The Fire

Fueled By Fire - Spread The Fire

11 songs
46:11 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


Thrash revival is currently something everybody seems to be infected with. With even the most obscure bands of the Eighties trying a comeback, it’s interesting to see newcomers that clone the mid- to late-Eighties sound so perfectly that they would have been real sensations twenty years ago. Fueled By Fire can only come from the American West Coast, their sound wouldn’t allow any other origins. The eleven songs on their album are purest thrash metal, reminding strongly of Exodus, Testament and Death Angel. They even look like a better nourished version of the latter. The guitarists play killer riffs by the dozen, the rhythm section is pounding through the generally fast material, the vocals are venomous, and the solos are dirty yet melodic. At times you get the impression of having heard some part already with a different band, like Betrayal that sounds towards the end a lot like an early Satan song. But that’s not a big deal, because Spread The Fire is a masterpiece in thrash revivalism. Even the production values have the charm of the Eighties.

Originally self-released a year ago and finding a lot of success internationally, Metal Blade re-released Spread The Fire with two bonus tracks to get the album to a more consumer friendly running time. This is probably the least original album I have come across in a long time, but I doubt that the band had anything else in mind. But you have to understand that Fueled By Fire never only try to copy a sound, they go much further: Fueled By Fire set their minds twenty years into the past and write an album that would have been a classic back then. Nowadays, most bands try to sell average metalcore as the new thrash metal, but if you want to really know what thrash metal has to sound like, there is no way around Spread The Fire.

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