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From The Fire - 2016 Octopus

ARTIST: From The Fire
ALBUM: Octopus
LABEL: Dirt Brothers Music
YEAR: 2016
CD REISSUE: 2016, Lions Pride Music, LPM 043


LINEUP: J.D Kelly - vocals * Tommy Lafferty - guitars * Brian McDermott - guitars * Charlie Castro - bass * Jenni Cue - keyboards, vocals * Gannett Ries - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Left Him Lonely * 02 Perfume And Leather * 03 That's How Love Starts * 04 Every Beat Of My Heart * 05 You Will Survive * 06 Madman * 07 Cry For Me * 08 Requiem Ground Zero * 09 Night I Made You Mine * 10 Right Down The Middle



Most of the regulars here will remember this band from the late 80's and into the early 90's. They have an association with the band Voodoo X and Jean Beauvoir, particularly with guitarist Tommy Lafferty. Reformed a few years ago, From The Fire now aim up in the classic rock style, rather than the AOR style from their heyday. Apart from J.D Kelly and Lafferty, the rest of the band are unknowns to me. In 2014, the band returned with the 'Evil That Men Do' CD, a great reunion from this popular New York band. This time, FTF have released this on the Dirt Brothers Music record label, with further distribution provided by Danish label Lion's Pride Music.

The Songs
Listening to 'Octopus', I'm thinking a touch of Survivor and a dose of Tyketto, but probably not quite as good as both of those. The piano tends to throw a lighter shade over the sound, even if the backing keyboards along with Lafferty and McDermott's guitars attempt to keep things rocking. The lead-off 'Left Him Lonely' is a useful start. The tempo is good, and the instrument balance across the band is even. FTF lift for the rockier 'Perfume And Leather', though the following 'That's How Love Starts' moves away from its ballad introduction to something a bit more mid-paced and melodic. 'Every Beat Of My Heart' and its tippy-tap piano suggests a pomp style a la Queen or Aviary but not quite.

'You Will Survive' is a piano based ballad which was a bit docile, much better is the aggression of 'Madman', show casing what a rock band is supposed to sound like. 'Cry For Me' features keyboardist Jenni Cue on lead vocal, and works into the power-ballad territory. With female vocals upfront, a comparison to Venus And Mars wouldn't be out of the question. A further ballad in 'The Night I Made You Mine' is making this album top-heavy with ballads which is not a good thing. The closer 'Right Down The Middle' puts further emphasis on a classic rock delivery.

In Summary
This album has some moments, but it's not really that hard-hitting to be honest. I would've liked the production to be less dry, and for the selection of songs to have been less ballad-oriented. Overall though, you can't complain when a band like FTF are still out there delivering music to the masses. I hope J.D Kelly and co keep things ticking over into the future.

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