TEXAS IS ON FIRE - SHINE.SET.REPEAT - CRASH
Look, there is nothing inherently wrong with what Colorado’s Texas Is On Fire is doing here. It is just that the whole affair has little going for it that has not been done before by better bands, which came earlier in the whole metalcore/crossover trend. Let me elaborate. The music is OK, but there is hardly a single riff where one would want to hit the rewind button in order to hear it again. The singer is scratchy, growly and aggressive, although at no point does he sound undisputedly dangerous or serious. The cover is ho-hum at best and, as far as titles go, Destroy Erase Improve wins the contest were there one. Then there is the band’s (non-existent) image. Why would anyone care to go see his cousin up on stage? Not one of the five guys has gone out of his way to grow his hair, get anything other than a faddish skater cut or abandon the 'wallet chain' look. Do you really want me to pay for this?
About the only thing the five guys do right is lie on their biography. Namely, the Soilwork influence never actually materializes. There are many worse albums out there and Texas Is On Fire may one day mature into something interesting. Until that day interesting song titles like This Mans Gotta Get A New Suit, Face It Girl, Prince Charming Isnt Coming or the album’s best cut This Is Not A Boating Accident will have to do. - Sheila Wes Det