Saturday, October 13, 2012

F.E.A.S.T.-Strong, Wild And Free

Avenue Of Allies

In 2010 F.E.A.S.T. issued their debut album "Rise". Here it is two years later (time flies when your having a good time as they say!) and F.E.A.S.T. are back with "Strong, Wild And Free". Vocalist/guitarist Fabri Kiareli is the man with the plan when it comes to this melodic hard rock/ heavy metal band. In reality this band is probably as much a heavy rock outfit as they are a hard rock/heavy metal entity. With Fabri Kiareli having been influenced by the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Ace Frehley there are indeed some tasty licks to be found on the band's sophomore output. Musically, F.E.A.S.T. pulls in all sorts of bands ranging from Scorpions, Dokken, Cinderella, Giant, AC/DC, Kiss, Aerosmith and Nelson to even Savatage (the Savatage-inspired "Children Of Beslan" is quite good) meaning you have one rather interesting listen in store. There is even some appreciation shown towards the greats as "Tell Me You're Ready" is "a tune cut from the same cloth as a classic MSG or UFO". It's not the only song that smells of classic hard rock and, truthfully, that saves this album from being just another melodic hard rock/heavy metal affair. As much as I wanted to knock this one down a couple of points for opening with a soundbite of "You are the 99%" I can't argue the serious rock-steady appeal of  title cut/album opener "Strong, Wild And Free" and this album keeps itself busy all the way through. It's got crunchy rockers (the title cut and the almost sleazy/glam metal number, "Pleasure And Pain") to spare and, not to worry folks, the obligatory ballad in "A Million Years". So really it has a little bit of everything for everyone.

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