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Fist (Canada) - 2006 Bolted Door

ARTIST: Fist (Canada)
ALBUM: Bolted Door
LABEL: Ronch Music
SERIAL: 03032006
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Ron Chenier - vocals, guitars * Nor Reinehc - bass * Kevin Radomsky - drums * Laurie Curry - keyboards * Tom Mair - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pressure * 02 Right In It * 03 It Ain't Easy * 04 I Don't Care * 05 Nothing To Say * 06 Time Is Running Out * 07 Calm Before The Storm * 08 Out Here On The Desert * 09 Down The Drain * 10 Headed For A Breakdown * 11 Get Back Get Back * 12 Behind The Bolted Door



Why can't every veteran metal outfit sound this good? Returning after an eleven year abscence from the studio, 'Bolted Door' marks Fist, and mainly leader Ron Chenier's first album since 1995's 'Loud, Loud, Loud'. And what a splendid return this is. Chenier produced and engineered the recording himself as well as releasing it on his own label Ronch Music, and fans of Fist's past will be delighted with the results, as this sticks to the tradition of Fist classics such as 'Thunder In Rock' or In The Red', a collection of melodic heavy metal that isn't commonly heard anymore. As Ron states 'we've got nothing against the younger bands...but they don't have the thunder of Fist!' Overblown of course but very true, there's something to be said about sticking to your ideals but managing to sound current, which 'Bolted Door' manages to do with ease.

The Songs
Highlights are many, so picking them out is somewhat challenging. The pick of the bunch is 'It Ain't Easy' simply because it's such basic, uncontrived heavy metal, the riffs dating back to another era with a hook that you don't need ten listens to digest. It's all there right away, and Chenier's guitar solo is vintage 80's. Chenier has maintained that identifiable keyboard sound of Fist's past and 'I Don't Care' sees the keys up in the mix, recalling ancient favourites like 'Undercover Lover'. There's an epic build to 'Nothing To Say', with swirling guitars and keyboards, heavy AOR to a point, but is backed by the moody heaviness of 'Time Is Running Out', excellent hard rock that stands far above from what I hear of the latest Saxon for quality. Chenier pays tribute to the troops on 'Out Here On The Desert', this so rooted in 80's metal ideology that it seems too good to be true! 'Headed For A Breakdown' is a slower, reflective track until it gets to the chorus, with Ron's voice in fine form. Elsewhere 'Pressure' has single quality, upbeat and catchy despite the title, and the desperate riffing of 'Right In It', mixed with Jon Lord style keyboards is pretty much the icing on the cake here.

In Summary
Fans of any age with a taste for classic metal owe it to themselves to check 'Bolted Door' out by any means necessary. It's a vital reminder that there are still artists out there who remember what it means to stay loyal to themselves and the fans who supported them through the years. Ron Chenier is one such individual and with a bit of luck we will hear more from him in the near future, and hopefully not another eleven year gap. When you break it down it's all very simple, heavy riffs with melody lines that don't sound identical to the last track. That's all you could really ask for and 'Bolted Door' delivers where it counts.

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