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Fire Divine
It's All a Blur EP
Deep Elm Records

Rating: 6/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Guy #1: Hey, I got some anger and frustration (at what I'm not so sure).
Guy #2: Hey I've got Vagrant Records' entire catalog.
Guy #3: Hey I've got a guitar.
Guy #4: Let's start a band!
Guy #5: Yeah!

Fire Divine's onslaught of emotion and occasional bite is nothing new in the underground rock - well let's not mince words here - emo circuit. And for the most part Fire Divine stick close to conventions made popular by all those bands that have come before them. This debut EP shows a band with potential that, for now, is playing things a bit too safe to be taken seriously or considered groundbreaking.

At its best the group accelerates at a fist pumping, frenzy inducing speed. The second cut, "Reputation Outlives Application" opens with a blistering and wicked riff that gels with some powerful vocals. This potentially awesome track only falters when it slackens away from the aggression and offers the standard fare melodic emo/angst-y vocals and lyrics. Though it recovers with some more aggression later on, the damage is done. This track is indicative of some of the kinks the band has yet to work out. Namely: the group hasn't found the right balance of aggression and sensitivity to be considered really exciting.

Though emo is rife with bands that all sound the same, only one close peer comes to mind for Fire Divine: Further Seems Forever. Both employ a guitar sound that strains and reaches its apex as the singer belts out a frustrated and emotional cry. Thankfully, both feature vocalists that are not unpleasant to listen to, and can actually hit the notes they strive for. This is a quality which should be assumed necessary for a decent front man, but yet remains a quality that eludes so many vocalists.

Of the four songs on the disc, only one, "We Ride On Sunbeams" strays from the sound of the emo undercurrent. In some respect the title fits the sound. No, it's not a new hippie jam, but it does sound like an indie band covering a 60's bubblegum pop song, with a few modern flourishes. It's the most accessible and radio ready cut here, and would fit easily into a modern rock mold.

For four tracks, there isn't one that completely stands out as amazing, but there are parts of each song that sound anywhere from promising to awesome. If Fire Divine is able to construct an entire song from these elements, they'll be a band to watch out for.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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