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Throw The Fight - "In Pursuit of Tomorrow" (CD)

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"In Pursuit of Tomorrow" track listing:

1. Ready for War (3:18)
2. Weakest Hour (3:31)
3. His Blood, My Hands (4:12)
4. The Wreckage Intro (0:23)
5. The Wreckage (3:49)
6. Stop Yourself (4:20)
7. Delete me (3:49)
8. Into The Fire (4:18)
9. It's For You (3:22)
10. Vital Signs (3:00)

Reviewed by on August 10, 2008

"catchy riffs, melodic vocals, crystal-clear production quality, and original variety of styles"

Throw The Fight’s debut full-length CD, “In Pursuit of Tommorow,” marks one of the first for an alternative band on Cordless Recordings. The five members of Throw The Fight bring together catchy riffs, melodic vocals, crystal-clear production quality, and original variety of styles in their debut to have a sound that is similar to Breaking Benjamin mixed with Black Tide. Although this album isn’t excellent, potential has been reached and talent comes full swing.

Throw The Fight varies their range of styles in their tracks, from mildly laid-back guitar licks to fast-paced metal riffs being thrown all over the place. Each track attempts to follow a different sound and although the range isn’t large, it is positively noted. The vocals are mostly clean-melodic, but they throw in a few screams here and there to mark a great connection with the fast paced songs. Many tracks can easily be played on a commercial rock radio station, as the catchy hooks, riffs, and choruses grab hold. Being a metal head, I was impressed with the metal-inspired riffs in most songs, as they can be thrown into other heavier bands.

The production is also impressive, as each song comes in crystal-clear. It is recorded as well as many top-label bands, and plays equally well, if not better. Although the vocals are the main impact of this album, which isn’t my preference, I was satisfied hearing the lead guitar up-front as well. Frontman James Clark has an amazing voice, fit perfectly for an alternative/hard rock band such as Throw The Fight.

The album opener, “Ready for War,” is a thrash-inspired fast opener that doesn’t let down its tempo until the intro to “The Wreckage.” There, it changes pace, a perfect fit to show of all their styles. Oh, don’t worry it picks the pace and tempo up again...just hit next track. The single, “Weakest Hour,” is a refreshingly heavy single, involving sparked screaming and dually catchy and heavy guitars.

Unfortunately, there isn’t that much to take in from this release, as it clocks in at a close 34 minutes, which is far off from the 40 to 45 minute album lengths usually found in this genre. Some people might not like every track, as they do vary, and the album length forces you to fly through the CD fairly quickly. Overall, this is one good album to purchase if you are fans of alternative/hard rock music, as Throw The Fight shows it will not let down and throw in the fight. They, instead, will continue to grow and I will continue to watch.

Highs: Great varied styles, melodic vocals are strong, metal-inspired guitar riffs, and catchy songwriting.

Lows: Too short of an album and not everyone will like every song and not have a whole lot to listen to.

Bottom line: The alternative hard rockers that make up Throw The Fight bring their debut in style. Fans of Breaking Benjamin, Black Tide, and Bullet for My Valentine should definetly check it out.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)