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From The Fire - 2014 Evil Men Do

ARTIST: From The Fire
ALBUM: Evil Men Do
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: J.D Kelly - vocals * Tommy Lafferty - guitars * Michael Sciotto - drums * Nicky Moroch - bass, production

TRACK LISTING: 01 In Your Dreams * 02 Leave Me Alone * 03 Liar * 04 Into Your Heart * 05 Evil Men Do * 06 From The Fire * 07 Blame It On The Moon * 08 Stagefright (Some Kind Of Dream) * 09 Never Be Lonely * 10 Forever And A Day



I'm thinking this is one of the most underrated albums to be presented in 2014. If you are a dedicated follower of all things AOR on Facebook, then the return of Long Island favourites From The Fire; coupled with their 2014 Firefest appearance, should have bought a smile to your face.. no end! I've read through the FTF story back in the late 80's and into the early 90's. Things didn't quite go to plan, though they did get an album out the door, many months after its initial release date. Many of us liked their debut 1992 CD '30 Days And Dirty Nights', but by then, the scene had changed for the worse, and it died a death, despite all the promise. So exctly 22 years later, the wise old men from From The Fire have decided on a second crack, and good on them for that decision. I'll say this: I'm loving what I'm hearing on 'Evil Men Do', more so than I ever did on '30 Days And Dirty Nights'; these new songs are far more appealing to me than ever before. Facebook followers have been keeping tabs on FTF's songs since the beginning of the year, and the final result is simply wonderful. Yes, slightly understated, but lovely nonetheless.

The Songs
'In Your Dreams' gets us underway. I love the way that minor chords interact with solemn and poignant vocals to deliver a perfect welcome back after 22 years! Yee hah! 'Leave Me Alone' reminds us what this band were capable back in the day, but unhindered by pressure, contract obligations and success, FTF can deliver stress-free AOR of the best sort. Love it! 'Liar' is a short and breezy 2 and half minute excerpt; works for me! It leads into the ballad heavy 'Into Your Heavy' and four tracks in, J.D Kelly is da bomb! His vocals are just perfect for this material. We then lead into the album's best and longest track.. the epic title-track 'Evil Men Do'. This would land in my top 10 songs of the year. It's dramatic, progressive even, and similar to Slamer's material from 2006. I can't really say anymore than just land the opportunity to listen to this one song. It really is that good. FTF then decide to dedicate a song to their own band name. Strange but true. 'Blame It On The Moon' is just melodic goodness all round. The chorus is delicious. Another lengthy tune 'Stagefright (Some Kind Of Dream)' moves me to another level. it has a 70's vibe. Somewhere between Pink Floyd and 70's AOR. It works for me that's for sure! 'Never Be Lonely' and the Pat Metheny sounding closer 'Forever And A Day' complete what is a satisfying listen for me.

In Summary
I said it earlier, it's understated but lovely. Tommy Lafferty's guitar work is kept in check throughout, and I think he enjoyed playing on a bunch of songs where the guitar didn't have to dominate. Just quality songs all round where everything was in balance. I'm hoping that From The Fire can sustain the effort and the interest which made 2014 such a good year for messrs Kelly, Lafferty and Sciotti. Let's hope so!

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#1 | swazi on December 22 2014 18:20:24
This is an absolutely awesome release! I purchased it at Firefest and it is has been spinning quite a few times since then. Actually it is a great idea to pull it out again! Smile

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