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Sound of Guns – What Came From Fire

Sound of Guns, What Came From Fire

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

SOUND Of Guns deliver their debut album with all guns blazing!

Hailing from Liverpool, this promising new rock act have eschewed the sound more usually associated with the city (quirky lyricism and jangly guitars) in favour of anthemic power chords and riotous gang vocals.

The result is the sort of power rock offering that bares favourable comparisons with the likes of You Me At Six and Foo Fighters, with a little epic edge of The Verve thrown in (thanks to the emphatic nature of the vocals).

Admittedly, the sound can threaten to become a little one dimensional at a couple of points on the album, and it’s very much a listen for those who like to play their music loud, but there’s bags of potential and quality in the 11 songs that are provided as part of the package.

Lead single Architects kicks things off in suitably soaring, anthemic style as if to underline the band’s determination to be filling stadium-sized venues in no time at all. And it’s followed by the equally boisterous Alcatraz, which has a catchy sensibility coupled to its powerful riffs and emphatic drumming.

The band’s appeal lies in their ability to marry power with some fine, radio-friendly melodies that seem effortlessly capable of lending them mainstream cred.

Elsewhere, Elementary of Youth (a former Zane Lowe ‘hottest record in the world’ following its release in EP form), maintains the album’s early momentum and displays an even grittier edge, while Collisions even drops in a punk edge that’s reminiscent of Green Day’s sound.

There’s an epic midway point that nicely combines swirling synths with brooding drums and a slow build sense of grandeur on the six-minute plus 106 (Still The Words) (an album highlight), while My White Noise conjures some suitably inspiring siren-style guitar riffs to ease you in.

But if moments like Lightspeed and Bullets In The Bloodstream mark journeyman efforts, Sound of Guns end with a flourish, by virtue of the slow-building Backs of Butterflies and the power ballad finale Starts With An End, which slows down the tempo, comes over all weighty, layers in some strings and generally impresses.

All in all, then, a grand opening shot from a band that looks as though it could well go far.

Download picks: Architects, Alcatraz, Starts With An End, 106 (Still The Words), My White Noise

Track listing:

  1. Intro
  2. Architects
  3. Alcatraz
  4. Elementary of Youth
  5. Collisions
  6. 106 (Still The Words)
  7. Lightspeed
  8. My White Noise
  9. Bullets In The Bloodstream
  10. Backs of Butterflies
  11. Starts With An End