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Fire Make Thunder

March 27, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2012 Metal Blade Records, Inc
  • Total Length: 43:10
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  • ASIN: B007P9ELWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,381 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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You can't go wrong with this album....buy it!
Geddy Lee
After you hear a few samples of the music on this album, make sure you support this unique and exciting band of expert musicians.
resi5
This is why I say the band sounds a little more somber, a bit more reserved, but it is a stellar album none the less.
James Wyatt

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Arrendale on March 27, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of melodic rock that leans ever so slightly towards the prog-metal camp, you simply can't go wrong with this disc. Loved it on first listen and am sure it will be something I go back to frequently & fondly. It may not be quite as heavy as some of their earlier stuff but it is no less engaging/entertaining...And this is the first time I've heard any OSI that reminded me of KM's other band, Chroma Key. But that isn't a negative in any way since I'm a huge fan of everything he has done under that name...even the mostly instrumental Graveyard Mountain Home. Buy this one without reservation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Infesturcator on March 31, 2012
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Really enjoying this one from OSI - as good if not better than anything else they have done. Some trademark heavier tracks - "Cold Call", "Guards", and the instrumental "Enemy Prayer" and some wonderful gentler moments as well, favourite tracks at the moment are the dreamy "Wind Won't Howl" and the nearly ten minute closer "Invisible Men", with its many twists and turns, maybe the most complex piece they have ever done. Gavin Harrison's drumming is an added bonus throughout the disc. Drum sound is fantasic. I have listened to the CD on my home stereo with 15" Tannoy speakers (old but classic!) and in my car, and have found no problem with the audio quality. I was also fortunate enough to get a copy on vinyl, which sounds even better. Don't be put off by technical mumbo jumbo you may read, just buy this release and crank it up!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David P Ekstein on March 30, 2012
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Great album, still working through the first listens. Not as heavy as Blood, and a lot more of a Chroma Key feel to these songs, which makes me wonder about Moore's future plans with that project.

'Big Chief II' is incredibly catchy, sounds like a re-work of 'No Celebrations' off the Blood bonus EP, though. Not that this is a bad thing, I loved that track.

The album closer, 'Invisible Men', might just be my favorite track they've done to this point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Lasalle on April 13, 2012
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OSI stands out in a crowd. They have developed a sound, that is independent from the mainstream. Fire Make Thunder only furthers this belief i hold as fact. Kevin Moore seems to have left a considerably bigger stamp on this one though, as hints of Chroma Key shine through the cracks at times. Especially on the track For Nothing, which sounds as if it could have been directly pulled from Graveyard Mountain Home. The album in general is softer, which is nice because the nuances come through more, even the electronics that Moore peppers throughout this recording. As a matter of personal preference, i enjoyed this album more than Blood, but less than Free and their debut. To each their own, i suppose. The craftsmanship is stellar on all of their releases, and Fire Make Thunder scratches a particular itch that the others simply do not. Being that it is more subtle, and thoughtful. The addition of Gavin Harrison is welcomed, but ultimately does little to shape their established sound. He's more of a hired hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reptile on April 9, 2012
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I've been listening to Fire Make Thunder for two weeks straight and it's a great follow up to 2009's Blood. Kevin Moore and Jim Matheos have created another unique addition to their catalog that easily is one of the best new prog rock releases so far in 2012. Moore's vocal style is a bit odd and hard to pinpoint, yet somehow it works......brilliantly. Matheos is a highly underrated guitarist and relies on the heavy riffs, along with creating atmosphere in key moments. Once again, Porcupine Tree's Gavin Harrison lends his machine gun drumming to this project and performs as you would expect- with precision and grace.

My highlights are "Invisible Men", which is one of the best songs they've written so far, along with the melodic "Wind Won't Howl". The album is concise and doesn't overstay its welcome, even though two songs clock in at over 7 minutes each. If you're looking for something a little different in the prog rock genre, this is for you. If you are a fan of the first 3 albums, you won't be disappointed either.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Grimes on May 11, 2012
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Different from other outings. Give it a few cycles and it will grow on you. Blood is going to be hard to beat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Redman on May 1, 2012
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When you have a line-up that consists of guitarist Jim Matheos of Fates Warning, keyboard player and singer Kevin Moore of Chroma Key and ex Dream Theater, and drummer Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree you can be sure the results must be something special. Despite their day jobs in some of the best modern prog rock bands on the planet this is not a rock buddies vanity project. What started out as a one-off album project has continued to grow and blossom, and this is now their fourth full length album. On their previous records they roped in some other big names in prog such as Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth), Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Joey Vera (Fates Warning) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) to help out, but this time everything's been played and sung by the core trio. It's a mix of ambient keyboard textures and hypnotic vocals, counterpoised by strident metal guitar. Arguably, it's their best and most cohesive record to date. They're truly progressive and original in a genre that's littered with imitators.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dj on March 26, 2012
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I've been with OSI since their eponymous debut album, and have enjoyed most of what I have heard so far. I own their entire discography on CD and they're in constant rotation in my car, especially "Blood," which is my favorite (including this release).

These songs offer a bit more variety in tempo and theme than their previous works, which seemed a bit more bent on giving the listener more of a heavy metal experience. I feel like Kevin Moore has finally merged Chroma Key (my favorite Kevin Moore project) with the former, heavier OSI for this album. It does not disappoint. Many tracks are mellow, like the melancholic "For Nothing" or "Indian Curse," while other tracks follow the OSI we already know well - the kind of song that, if heard while driving, will invariably result in a speeding ticket, like "Enemy Prayer" or "Big Chief II." And we even have a "progressive" exploration in the mix with the closer "Invisible Men."

Why three stars? First, while the record is enjoyable, no single song instantly grabs me and calls me back like "Go" or "The Escape Artist" did from previous albums. This doesn't mean I hate it; it just means I've heard OSI make something more catchy in previous albums. Another reason I docked a star is due to the mastering. This album teeters on the edge of clipping from over-compression and poor brickwalling, which is nearly ubiquitous anymore (especially in rock genres). I posted the official dynamic range results on the justficeforaudio.org DR Database moments ago, and it doesn't look pretty. In fact, the song "Invisible Men" often yields that tell-tale "snap crackle pop" you hear in your speakers/headphones when the waveform is clipped; specifically during the first and second crescendos.
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