"Fled Five" (Self-produced; 2006)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Tight musicianship and stunning production highlight this self-titled, self-produced release by Michigan's Fled Five. The 13 tracks on this CD are mostly modern sounding rockers, emulating a bizarre yet subtle and surprisingly effective blend of the alternative edge of Disturbed, the punk rock attitude of bands like New Found Glory and the heavy guitar work and fiery leads of Zakk Wylde or K.K. Downing.

The songwriting here is a little dry at times but the band's charisma and, again, impressive musicianship easily push past any low points. The CD closes out with the appropriately entitled "Burn," which leaves the listener with a rousing finish and the urge to start listening again.

Modern but not trendy, heavy but not inaccessible, "Fled Five" is a competent and energetic CD by a quartet of impressive musicians.

Fled Five: Brian Grooms - vocals, guitar; Dan Banker - guitar; John "JD" Dorer - bass; Nathan Grooms - drums.

For more information, check out http://www.fledfive.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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