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Day Of Fire, Losing All
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Day Of Fire
Losing All



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 13 tracks: 51 minutes, 55 seconds
Street Date: January 26, 2010


Back in 2004, we were introduced to the wonderful testimony of Josh Brown and the grunge rock sound of his band Day Of Fire. The band's inaugural release was pretty good, but the follow-up album unfortunately fell a little short of my expectations. Now, after almost four years, we have the third Day Of Fire installment, titled Losing All, which is being delivered via Razor & Tie Records. So, how does it stand up to the band's prior releases and will the fact that they're on a new label make any difference?

When I think of Day Of Fire, I think 90's grunge metal with a mix of ballads and that's exactly what you get when you pop in this album for a listen, regardless of the guys being on a new record label. Losing All begins with "Light Em Up," "Hello Heartache," and "When I See You," tracks that all follow that above mentioned style perfectly. "Airplane" has a southern feel to it, which works well with Brown's voice, but it all comes apart during the chorus. Then songs like "Cold Addiction" and "Hey You" seem to fall flat without offering anything special to the listener.

While the bulk of the album is filled with decent - but not great - music, there are a few standout tracks. Both "Never Goodbye" and "Long Highway" are examples of slower ballads, and carry great messages to listeners about persisting through difficult times. The best track on the album, however, is "The Dark Hills," a rather deep and meaningful track that talks about Jesus savings all of us, even the biggest of sinners. The song is moving both lyrically and musically.

All in all, the album is not great, but it's not bad either. The band showcases a specific sound, and one has to like the music style to really enjoy the album. Josh's voice is one of the unique types that you'll either love or hate. The bottom line is, if you're a fan of the band's previous efforts, you will certainly enjoy "Losing All," but if you haven't enjoyed much of them so far, Losing All won't win you over any time soon.

- Review date: 1/4/10, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

JFH Staff's Second Opinion



Day of Fire's third release has taken a long, strange journey to find its way to our ears, but that journey is finally complete. Was it worth it? The album opens with "Light Em Up, which is a very cookie-cutter hard rock opening song. The song could easily be attributed to any number of the plethora of Christian hard rock acts currently saturating the market. The song "Airplane" notably sticks out as having particularly weak lyrical content ("I wish I were an airplane so I could fly right back to you" lacks creativity). Two of the stronger tracks offered to us are "Cold Addiction" and "These Dark Hills." The former has a catchy feel that will stick with you after listening. The latter is very deep ballad discussing Christ's redemptive grace. It seems the creativity that had been lacking elsewhere on the album was saved for the end. Overall, the album suffers from weak production quality. While there is some interesting stuff here and I commend the band for not giving up on the record, maybe they should have wiped the slate clean and started totally fresh when signing with Razor & Tie. Day of Fire seems to be having a difficult time living up to their perceived potential. - 1/25/10, Matt Johnson of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Razor & Tie
. Album length: 13 tracks: 51 minutes, 55 seconds
. Street Date: January 26, 2010
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Light Em Up (4:02)
  2. Hello Heartache (3:48)
  3. When I See You (3:09)
  4. Airplane (3:45)
  5. Lately (3:50)
  6. Cold Addiction (4:16)
  7. Landslide (4:37)
  8. Never Goodbye (5:15)
  9. Hey You (3:58)
  10. We Are No One (4:05)
  11. Long Highway (5:11)
  12. Strange (0:57)
  13. The Dark Hills (5:12)

    Deluxe Package-only tracks:
  14. Aftermath
  15. Overboard
  16. Light Em Up (live)
  17. Hello Heartache (live)
  18. When I See You (live)
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