|Chasing Dragons - 'Take Flight For A Firefight' (Self Released)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Monday, 09 July 2012 05:00|
Leeds five piece Chasing Dragons hit the music scene, self-described as Brody Dalle fronting Avenged Sevenfold crossed with the energetic delivery of Paramore with beefy riffs, enticing hooks and pounding beats - a brave statement indeed. So step inside my Uber cauldron and find out if these young dragons can breathe some well needed musical fire into the UK metal scene with their debut release, 'Take Flight For A Firefight'.
The band, with a somewhat mixed bag of an image (with emo, punk and a kinda Steel Panther influence on the clothing front), kickstart the nine track opus in (it must be uttered) an interesting way, 'Spawn Of The Succubus' is swarmed by guitar breaks that strike up quite the passing resemblence to the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold, and the hardened, edgy female vocals from Tank are rather catching in all honesty. 'Mirror's Edge', again, veers a little too close at times to the artist's inspirations and influences but still offers future potential with some neat chord progressions and arrangements and a smooth neat production courtesy of Graeme Atkinson (Take The Seven) and Carl Bown (While She Sleeps, Fightstar).
A cover of 'Black Velvet', the global hit for Alannah Myles, is, for me, a quite surprising inclusion but could offer the band some commercial possibilities if controlled and pushed in all the right places. 'Seeds Of Tomorrow' is one of those chugging guitar pieces but the vocal arrangement and delivery lifts the track from Chasing Dragons obscurity....but only just; the same could be said of the following number 'City Of Steel' but this unfortunately doesn't offer enough hooks and choral high-points to elevate this recording out of the musical UK quagmire. As the album progresses the songs are blending rather blandly into the next as on the demo remix of 'Into The Pit'.
'Under The Earth' once again goes nowhere fast musically speaking which is a disappointment considering the possibilities this band could offer up with some extra golden thought given to the songwriting process. The release ends with a couple of fillers albeit nicely performed, live acoustic renditions of 'Spawn Of The Succubus' and 'Into The Pit'.
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