REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Up to now, I Fight Bears have had nothing but high acclaim for their fast-paced, intense brand of metalcore, so the pressure for them to keep up the momentum for this, the quintet’s self-titled debut album, must have been immense.
It would have been something that would have overwhelmed quite a few outfits, but the Welshmen have used this opportunity to craft ten tracks packed full of vigour and edginess that represents a real step up musically.
They take the key elements of bands such as Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Lamb of God and Avenged Sevenfold, and merge them all together to create a sound that is truly theirs.
Holding it all together are thrashy, soaring guitar riffs, forceful drum beats, and anthemic choruses delivered at lightning speed with much grit and determination.
The lyrics are represented by hoarse shouts and screams, which intertwine well with softer, more tuneful clean vocals.
Originating from Bridgend, the same place that gave the music world Funeral For A Friend and Bullet For My Valentine, I Fight Bears, with such a spectacular first full-length offering, are now well on their way to becoming the next metal juggernaut to hail from the south Wales town.
TOP TRACK: ‘Lost The Fight’
DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE BAND, AND HOW THIS ALBUM WAS PUT TOGETHER, HERE.