Cry Havoc – Fuel That Feeds The Fire [2002]

Country Scotland          

Style Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members Davey Harkness – Drums, Vocals, Graham McLeod – Lead Guitar, Paul Logue – Bass, Vocals, Keys # 1 & 3, Stevie Durrand – Vocals, Guitars

Tracks 01. Cry For Help (Intro) / I’ll Be There (6:52), 02. Forever Once Again (4:34), 03. Rescue Me (5:14), 04. Holding On To Your Dreams (3:07), 05. No Way Out (4:47), 06. Better Coming (5:10), 07. I Need You (3:28), 08. Long Way To Heaven (3:40), 09. Paying The Price (5:56), 10. Heart On My Sleeve (5:09), 11. Fuel That Feeds The Fire (5:38)

Profile “Fuel that feeds the fire” is the debut album by Scottish melodic hard rock band “Cry Havoc” originally released in 2002 and was to be the only The line up features lead guitarist and vocalist Steve Durrand, drummer Davey Harkness, and bassist Paul Logue who also handles keyboards on the album.

Evidently amongst the most underrated melodic bands coming from the UK, the trio has delivered one of the greatest melodic hard rock albums ever made in Great Britain. “Cry Havoc” play overblown melodic hard rock in `80s fashion with a strong AOR-essence; Imagine all the instrumental melodies of “FM” and “Heartland” turned to eleven, vocals similar to “Winger” and “Only Child” all complemented by a no-nonsense rhythm section. Indeed is as hard and as melodic as the genre can offer, demonstrating maturity on the song writing and arrangements and refined aggression in the performances.

To say that the guys are passionate about their music would be an understatement as they deliver track-after-track melodic hard rock hymns as if their lives depended on it. “Cry Havoc” are pros in every sense of the word, delivering far more than one would expect from a melodic hard rock outfit. “I’ll be there”, “Better coming”, “Rescue me” and “No way out” are flawless melodic slices totally indicative of “Cry Havoc”s musical class.

“Fuel that feeds the fire” was to be the only studio album by “Cry Havoc” as the group disbanded while putting down demos for their second album (which were released in 2010 under the album title “Caught in a lie”). Still it would not be an overstatement to claim that the music of “Cry Havoc” is more relevant today, in the resurgence of melodic rock, than it was a decade ago.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas
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