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Screaming Eagles – From The Flames Review


Released by: Screaming Eagles

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Hard Rock



Line Up:

Chris Fry – vocals
Adrian McAleenan – guitar
Ryan Lilly – bass
Kyle Cruickshank – drums



01. All The Way
02. Down The River
03. Hungry For More
04. Fight The Fire
05. Vampire
06. Devil In The Dust
07. Rock N Roll Soul
08. One Man Revolution
09. Blood
10. Take My Time


Okay, let’s get something out of the way first. There’s just no avoiding the comparisons. With its steady rumbling bass lines, no-nonsense foundation-holding drumming, overtly Malcom Young-esque rhythm guitars and lightning-sharp rock n roll leads, From The Flames is an AC/DC album in all but name. More specifically, it’s a 1970’s era AC/DC album, before they’d met Mutt Lang and became a worldwide phenomenon. But if Airbourne – themselves an influence on this Northern Irish three piece – can get away with it, then so can Screaming Eagles. In fairness, the band don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are, a no frills rock ‘n’ roll band. And that’s a good thing, for what they lack in originality they make up for in sheer balls. This is a powerhouse of an album. It’s wine, women and song, and the soundtrack to the best night of your life. From the opening ‘All The Way’ to closer ‘Take My Time’, there’s little let-up. It’s an album filled with catchy, good time, honest hard rock songs.

As a unit the band are on tight form, but their strength undoubtedly lies in the powerhouse vocals of Chris Fry. He’s soulful yet powerful. Think Chris Robinson awakening from a weed-induced haze trying to prove that he’s still got it. Although the first line of ‘All The Way’ borrows directly from Al Greene’s ‘Take Me To The River’, it’s asolid opener, setting the mood perfectly for what follows. The almost coincidently titled, ‘Sold me down the river’ is up next, and isn’t that Bon Scott’s ghost making an appearance just after the guitar solo? ‘Hungry for More’ continues the party, and features some tasty soloing from guitarist Adrian McAleenan. It’s guitar heroics all right, but there’s nothing flash or pretentious here. He lets his fingers do the talking, relying on only a Gibson plugged into a Marshall Stack.  ‘Fight the Fire’ is a steady rumble, easing out of top gear for the first time. It’s still a hard rocking song, but it brings with it a welcome change of pace. ‘Vampire’, with its twelve-bar shuffle begins like a long-lost Led Zeppelin track before exploding into life. If you’ve seen the video for ‘Rock N Roll Soul’ you will know what to expect, as it really sums up the album. ‘One Man revolution’ is a sleazy-riffed call to arms, with its neck-pickup riff reminiscent of later-day Slash. Another killer chorus arrives with the 4/4 boogie of ‘Blood’. ‘It’s in my blood, wouldn’t change if I could’, screams Fry, and who’d want them to when a band can be this good? Finally, another dirty greasy riff is served up on album closer ‘Take My Time’, which again features some excellent soloing from McAleenan.

And then it’s all over almost as soon as it began. There are no surprises, left-turns or experimentation. It’s just straight ahead, good time rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not forward thinking, and wears its influences on its sleeve. But the world needs bands like this. If you like your rock hard, in the vein of AC/DC, The Black Crowes and Guns N Roses, then this is for you. If not, then… what the hell is wrong with you? Leave your problems behind, crack open another beer and turn up the rock ‘n’ roll.


Written by Eamon

Ratings    Eamon    7/10

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