After a thousand days the German band Fire On Dawson, based in Karlsruhe, are back with their second studio album called Seven Billion And A Nameless Somebody. They released their debut album Prognative in January 2010. Both albums have been released on their own label Degressive Records. Currently Fire On Dawson consists of Ankur Batra (vocals, see interview), Markus Stricker (guitar), Martin Sonntag (bass) and Max Siegmund (drums). Seven Billion And A Nameless Somebody will take you to a new chapter of the band's music. They started with this new album where they had left with the previous one, but their musical approach has extended compared to the debut.
When you listen to the entire album in one session you'll get the idea that these musicians are mainly influenced by Tool. In a way the opening track We Are All Vain already summarizes how the music sounds on the remaining songs of the album. Next is Pseudo Christ, the shortest track of the album. It doesn't start that comfortable until it reaches the fine melody line of the chorus. The Code starts with an aggressive intro, but then slows down with a relaxing atmosphere between the choruses. For this track their first video clip had been shot. The content of Steal The Show can be easily explained as far as the lyrics are concerned. Synthetic, part I is the longest track of the album; halfway there's a musical loop which is connected to the second part and final piece of the album. In my opinion Debris is the best track with its energetic and diverse transitions in tempo, harmonic usage and low-tuned guitars.
God Of The Lost holds a very nice atmosphere at first due to the overall presence of the guitars. Then the tempo increases making the music rather catchy with its rhythmic riffs. There's also a small raging part tied to a jazzy section, but at the end the rhythmic riffs again get a leading role. Syria starts with a siren-like intro created by all band members; this piece draws your attention to what's presently happening in Syria. If you listen carefully you'll hear nice tick-tocks in the rhythm of the song. Willow is a slow acoustic guitar and vocal orientated track. Synthetic, part II completes the album with strong references to the first part. I would like to recommend this album to people who like Tool, Dredg and Nickelback.
***+ Zafer YŁksel (edited by Peter Willemsen)
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