Review: FIRE FROM THE GODS – ‘Narrative Retold’

Unlike any other band in recent memory, Fire From The Gods have springboarded onto the music scene with recognition all around the metal community. The quintet’s combination of rap, hardcore, and metalcore brews a familiar but original sound. From Austin, TX, the band has set out to bring a bigger, more important message to metal that they feel has been lacking. Lead vocalist AJ Channer had this to say about the upcoming record:

“This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American, there’s a socio-economic theme throughout the whole record that carries from each song to song. It’s all about the underdog. We’ve all had to fight for everything we have in this band. The political climate in our country is quite racially and socially charged. There are a lot of issues and energy people are expressing along with misguided hate and anger. I want to channel this in music that can resonate. This is where we come from and who we are as a band.”

‘Narrative Retold’ is Fire From The God’s second record and their debut on major label Rise Records. The album drops this Friday on May 19th; you can pre-order the record here. They are already building a well-established fan base touring across the country while making stops at large festivals like Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range.

This record has all of the songs from their release ‘Narrative’ (2016) while also adding two new tracks that were recorded in a studio with Jonathon Davis of Korn. Fire From The Gods gets things started with a song already beginning to grow in popularity. “The Voiceless” contains socially conscious lyrics about the world continuing to look past tragedy after tragedy without a second thought. The mix of emotions in this song are well distributed with the tremendous range of vocal performance from AJ Channer. The other song recorded with Davis is the other new song on the record, titled “The Taste”. It’s a little bit more laid back than the rest of the track but it’s in a good way. There is a very powerful amount of passion behind the sound in this track. “End Transmission” is another great track that was previously released last year. The song has a bit of a spacey feel with an odd guitar line in the verse. They never fail to make a memorable chorus that will soon have everyone singing along at their shows. Next up is the band’s biggest claim to fame (so far): “Excuse Me”. The music video has collected over 3 million views on YouTube, and with good reason. The flow in this song is absolutely incredible. It’s heavy, melodic, and has a great beat. Once again the range of Channer allows the band to deliver a wide variety of sounds that most bands are unable to produce or experiment with. “Pretenders” is a song that really flew under the radar. It is one of the heaviest songs on the record while also reminding you of how the band never fails to make a fantastic chorus. The two new songs at the beginning of the record are a nice touch to an already impressive record. There is also an acoustic version of “Excuse Me” at the end as a bonus. Be sure to follow the band on Facebook at the link below for updates on touring and new music. Check out some songs from ‘Narrative Retold’ below.

Fire From The Gods is:
AJ Channer – Vocals
Jameson Teat – Guitar
Drew Walker – Guitar
Bonner Baker – Bass
Richard Wicander – Drums

‘Narrative Retold’ Track List
01. The Voiceless
02. The Taste
03. Public Enemy
04. End Transmission
05. Excuse Me
06. Composition
07. Evolve
08. Pretenders
09. Diversion
10. In Spite Of Doubt
11. Lifeline
12. Into The Blue
13. Excuse Me (Acoustic Version)

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About Low Gain

I'm just a teenager, living in Southern Illinois, that loves music in general. I love attending festivals as it feels like everyone comes together as a giant family. I also look forward to hearing new music and passing it onto the masses. In my free time I play guitar, basketball, and attend high school.

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