Intense - 'The Shape Of Rage' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 14, 2012    
0.0 (0)
4569   0   1   0   0   0



An album of galloping rhythms and lengthy split guitar solos.

‘The Shape Of Rage’ – interesting title; interesting album too – sees UK power metallers Intense on a new label although still ploughing the furrow they know best. Although there was what frontman Sean Hetherington calls “a massive leap” between 2007’s ‘As Our Army Grows’ and its predecessor ‘Second Sight’ their third full album takes on from where ‘…Army…’ left off and delivers another slice of balls-to-the-wall traditional British metal. Working once again with Threshold’s Karl Groom in the producer’s chair, Hetherington and his partners-in-crime Dave Peak and Nick Palmer (guitars), Steve Brine (bass) and Neil Ablard (drums) have lovingly crafted a passionate, fifty minute cradle of emotions, proudly declaring once again ‘we are a British metal band and we play British metal loud and proud!’ From the Eastern-tinged opener ‘Anubis’ to set closer and title track ‘The Shape Of Rage’ this is an album of galloping rhythms, lengthy split guitar solos showcasing the talents of Peak ‘n’ Palmer, a rock solid backbone in Brine and Ablard (boy, do they make that drummer work hard!) and Hetherington’s distinctive creosote-coated vocals. It’s an album that soars like an eagle, races like a thoroughbred and presses more buttons than an overworked lift attendant.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

The lengthy gap between releases was certainly not part of the game plan. According to Hetherington, it was largely due to “a search for a new label; it just took time to find the right one. We’re already querying studio time for late next year to ensure that it won’t be such a long wait next time.” That said, the album was deliberately not rushed. “The recording process was fragmented once again, but this suits us. Having the ability to go away and listen to stages of the recording before venturing back in helps us tweak parts and see what works,” allowing them to build layer upon layer on rock-solid foundations. The album features bassist Brine’s first writing credit for Intense, contributing ‘Lie’, which Hetherington calls “a fast-paced song [that] kills the guitarists so should be fun for us to play live and for the crowd to bang along to.” It’s also different from the back catalogue as Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon) made a guest appearance on the sessions, providing an alternate ending to this song, and, according to the vocalist, “although it didn’t make the final cut, this version will become available as a bonus track or a B-side. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what people make of the two different versions.”

And the album’s intriguing title? “‘The Shape Of Rage’is one of Nick’s songs and is about [director] David Cronenberg, based on one of his films. We liked the phrase ‘The Shape of Rage’ because we thought it summed up an album of emotions extremely well. We don’t normally use a song title for the name of an album and we don’t actually see that as the main song; it’s just that the title fitted perfectly.” So now you know about the title, check out the ‘…Rage’.

John Tucker

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  May 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 17 hours, 58 minutes ago
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Defron : Ro
  • Defron : bought #90 couple of hours ago. Still no sign of it in my downloads
  • Defron : Hi Guys
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site