Release date: 05-02-2008; Label: Blind Prophecy records
By: Sabine van Gameren
“Light the Fire” is Ekotren’s debut album. The American (Florida)
based band brings hardcore since their founding in 2000. Before the band releases
this album, they made some damage with their two EP’s “Destroying
the American Dream”(2007) and “The Tables Have Turned”(2006).
The album starts quite promising with the title song “Light the Fire”.
If the complete album would be like this, my fire would be unconditionally expanded
to an uncontrollable forest fire.
Though, when my player reached the third song I felt a little bit betrayed.
The clean vocals take a bit too much the overhand to my taste. In some way they
tend to be a little bit like typical emo core type of clean vocals, which I
highly dislike because it doesn’t match the expectations brought by the
first two songs. The total mix starts getting back to how I liked it more when
“Nothing Left” is playing. Hearing this song makes me think of how
a live gig of this band will look like.
The album closes with the most aggressive song “Chupacabra”. I like
this song best, the instruments come more to the foreground where in some other
songs the highlights are on the vocal part.
Overall, Ekotren did light my fire, but the upcoming forest fire got extinguished
before it took over the forest. I certainly think I need to see the band live
though, the impression is made that they overused the vocals on the album, which
is an element you rarely see when it comes to live performances and since this
is the only negative point I can mention, I realize that Ekotren is a name to
|Tracklist: 01. Light the Fire
02. Paper Thin
04. Tables Have Turned
06. Nothing Left
08. Death Blanket
09. Point of View
10. Needed You More