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Hangfire is a name you can add to the resurgent British rock scene.

Hailing from South Wales, Hangfire have a powerful hard rock sound that straddles the seventies and the nineties, successfully marrying taut, aggressive riffs and deep, bluesy vocals with a sense of melody and hook-filled choruses that could only have come from a band who lived through the eighties. After releasing the 'Confessions' EP the band came to a stuttering halt due to the death of their original drummer Aaron Evans, only to be rejuvenated again in 2010 by vocalist Max Rhead and blind guitarist Lee 'Lizzy' Evans, who brought in bassist Bobby Goo and former Tigertailz drummer Matt Blakout to complete the new line-up. 'Shoot The Crow' has actually been a work in progress for a couple of years now, but has been finally released through the band's own label.

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With ten songs plus an acoustic version, the record has some impressive tunes built around Evans' gritty riffs and Rhead's husky voice, which evokes everyone from Jim Morrison to Zakk Wylde and all points inbetween. It kicks off impressively with 'Adrenalize', 'For Crying Out Loud' and 'Bodies', each one with powerful guitars, a throaty roar and an insistent chorus, and each one an obvious single choice. Further on you get plenty of light and shade, the bluesy 'Slip Away' building from serene balladry into a powerhouse and 'Shadows Fall' being equal parts gentle and bombastic. The title track has an unconventional vocal melody and a modern riff, whilst 'Drop The Bomb' is similarly updated but lacks the big choral hook. The highlights are the great, swaggering blues-rocker 'Faith In Me', the moody 'Fire In The Hole'; with its Doors-like atmospheric verse and nice backing vocals, and the touching power ballad 'Dead Man Walking'; so good they did two versions, one acoustic, one not.

For an independent release the sound is certainly more than adequate, especially the guitars and vocals, but if I were to be picky I would say the drum sound is a little tamer than some of the material deserves. Hangfire also wear some of their influences squarely on their sleeves, but the good news is that those influences are obviously quite varied; I can hear everyone from early Whitesnake to Creed, but the band manages to tie it all together in one cohesive whole. 'Shoot The Crow' is a pleasant surprise and Hangfire is a name you can add to the resurgent British rock scene.

Phil Ashcroft

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