CRY HAVOC Fuel That Feeds The Fire (Chavis 2002)
The band’s line-up consists of Graham McLeod (lead guitar/vocals), Paul
Logue (bass/vocals), Davey Harkness (drums) and Stevie Durrand
(vocals/guitar). The band were signed originally to Now & Then but their
debut album never got released. Starting of with a short intro track leading
into the hard rockin’ ‘I’ll Be There’ - heavy riffs and harmony vocals -
nice! Heavy guitar and soloing starts of ‘Forever Once Again’, again harmony
vocals feature heavily on the chorus. Reminds me of prime time Icon, Y&T,
Thunder, UFO - bands that have melodic songs driven along by heavy riffing
guitar. An acoustic guitar begins ‘Rescue Me’, before it builds into a power
ballad. ‘No Way Out’ is okay, but lacks something to make it stand out in an
otherwise quality album. ‘Better Coming’ sounds like modern day Demon! A
belting rock song, with a powerful vocal performance from Stevie Durrand. ‘I
Need You’ is a mellower moment with some nimble acoustic guitar playing.
‘Paying the Price’ is a slow rhythm and blues style tune, one which Thunder
fans will enjoy. The title track closes the album, another slab of hard rock
and a fine way to close the album.
A great melodic rock album, it pays tribute to past bands but also has a
modern feel, plenty of quality guitar and some great hooks. A very strong
debut album, worth a listen.