DAY OF FIRE


"Cut and Move" (Red Ink; 2006)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

 

Day Of Fire returns two years after releasing their self-titled CD to slingshot “Cut And Move” into your hands. The history behind the first album could make for a good book on why “Capitan Jack” caused one Josh Brown to kick drugs and find Jesus. Usually, material about chemical addiction is a short story; Brown is using his talents to write and record as much material as spiritually possible.

In the music department, the guitars are full force and, even though similar artists like Creed, P.O.D. and Pillar hold hands to sweep comfortably across the Christian Rock countryside, Day Of Fire have a little hint of each band listed but really stand on their own. It could be that Josh lived through something that most people don’t and he has an edge. A lot of times you can hear Nickelback in the guitar and drums category.

The lyrics are sad sometimes but focus on looking forward instead of backwards. Josh has a lot to say and apparently has a wealth of information and a support group to keep him grounded. There are some softer tunes but far from pillow fluffers; the guitar still stands strong and the vocal delivery dominates the song. I champion Josh Brown and his quest for Christ and his zest for life, again.

Day of Fire: Josh Brown – lead vocals; Greg Hionis – guitar & BGVs; Joe Pangallo – guitar; Chirs Pangallo – bass & BGVs; Zach Simms – drums & BGVs.

For more information, check out http://www.dayoffire.com


"Day of Fire" (Essential; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

 

Day of Fire's self-titled debut is a strong record throughout. The CD begins with the heavy, guitar-crashing "Through the Fire" and winds through ten additional tracks that run the gamut from sounding a little like Creed, a lot like Nickelback and -- for one song at least -- the best of KISS's radio friendly rock'n'roll style.

All of the songs are well-written and the lyrics are very poetic and personal. There's probably a good reason for that. According to the liner notes ... better yet, make that testimony ... of frontman Joshua Brown, "Day of Fire" is at least partly the result of his acceptance of Jesus Christ. 

Don't worry. Brown does most of his preaching there, in the liner notes. Although his lyrics are the stuff of inspiration and faith, they're also rich and, for the most part, indirect. You wont' feel like you're being preached to here. 

Solid if not spectacular, "Day of Fire" is a stronger-than-average CD with a few genuine highlights, including the aforementioned first track, "Through the Fire," and the final track, "To Fly," which features a simple but irresistible lick that could have come from the rhythm guitar of Paul Stanley. There are several slower, "ballad" tracks on this CD as well but none are too sappy or too sweet to turn off the listener. In fact, as far as ballads go, these are particularly good.

Fans of today's modern rock will find plenty to like on "Day of Fire." 

for more information, check out www.dayoffire.com


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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