‘Ever After Land’ by Firedaze - ever-expanding directions of folk rock(July 18, 2014)
Firedaze released their first album, ‘Triality’ back in 2008 and delivered a thumping, driving dose of folk rock … and then there was a silence. Now the silence is broken with the arrival of the second album, ‘Ever After Land’. Having just listened to their first album again and now this one, there’s a different feel to ‘Ever After Land’ - hardly surprising with six or more years between albums.
The drum barrage has gone, although String’s powerful bass remains yet somehow projects a wider scope to its range, Steff’s powerful vocals still carry the messages, while Jen’s razor-sharp fiddle cuts an unforgettable edge.
As the songs develop, whether hard-edged or soft, the solid though less-aggressive bass lines give the band a firm foundation over which to lay their vocals and harmonies and intense melodies. For those that know the band, there’s the familiar power and verve in tracks like ‘What I See’, the dance-driven ‘Drink!’ and the undiluted folk rock of ‘Friends Like These’. Then there’s a more mellow groove and subtler expression to tracks like ‘Angels With Broken Wings’, ‘Travellin’ and ‘Da’ in contrast to a darker and somewhat brooding side, evidenced through ‘Long Time Dead’ and ‘Dirty’.
Long-time Firedaze fans will find all they expect and more, those new to Firedaze will find the ever-expanding directions of folk rock can only benefit from albums like ‘Ever After Land’
Reviewer: Dan Holland