Sunday, July 31, 2016

50SHR #11: Open Fire (Hawaii)



Band: Open Fire
Release: No Uncle of Mine!
Year: 1995
Line-up: Erich Wida (vocals), Chris Yamamoto (guitar), Jack Azevedo (bass), Mike Patterson (drums)

Track Listing:
01. Can’t Find My Way
02. Takin’ All My Money
03. Judging The Book By The Cover
04. Soldier Of Misfortune
05. Gone Away
06. Nothin’ Left To Lose
07. Memory’s Gone
08. What’s Buggin’ Me
09. One Step Closer
10. I Am The Killer

Fletchanator's comment: I previously posted the ultra-rare cassette-only 1990 EP by this band here and now here is the only full-length album from this Hawaiian four-piece. 
Whereas the EP has a sleazy edge to it (while being firmly in the melodic metal camp), on No Uncle of Mine Open Fire have ramped up the heavy side of things, to the point where I can hear influences from Pantera (their heavier stuff not their early glam material), Faith No More and Alice in Chains (some of the harmonies, not the music). No doubt this move away from hair metal was due to the changing music scene and an attempt to cash in on what was hot at the time. It's a shame but Open Fire certainly aren't the only band to have done this.
If you're a fan of any of the bands I mentioned above and like your hard rock a little heavy with a side helping of funk, you'll enjoy this.