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The FIRE MERCHANTS, brought to you by Brand X's guitarist John Goodsall . . . Okay, here's the scoop I recommend both of these releases as plenty of excellent axework is happening here. Fire Merchants s/t 1989 (CD; 51:18) Medusa 772354-2 Fire Merchants s/t has more straight-up metal axe-rock leaning towards David Chastain shred via Goodsall & he even echos a frenetic Joe Walsh-ness on "Ignition". There's nearly no fusion constructs here but Goodsall's axe is still doing that ferocious chromatic riffage of a million notes a second like his Brand X burning he let loose on Livestock. I rate it at a solid 8.5 outta 10 with tracks "Ignition" and "Z104" being worth the purchase to hear Goodsall blow. ~ John W. Patterson for EER-MUSIC.com Buy it here: Fire Merchants s/t Listen to samples & Buy CDs/DVDs here
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Fire Merchants' Landlords of Atlantis 1994 (CD; 61:17) Renaissance RCD1007 Fire Merchants' Landlords of Atlantis leans more prog metal and fusiony overall with "Worlds in Modulation" sounding VERY Brand X like "Cambodia" from Do They Hurt? and therefore is my favorite track -- as it smokes! Goodsall really surprised me with "Sybil" which starts off rottenly punk-grunge-thrash rock and then goes into a prog rock Brand X-ian fugue with Goodsall doing a metalloid fusiony solo -- a truly schizo-whacked track! The remainder of the album is solid enough for fans of Goodsall's axe-work and proggy axe heads. Fusion fans will enjoy unison lines as in "(And Again) Hamsterdam" and "Thing 15". I miss those tighter & more jazzy fusion Brand X-ian jams with more conversational interplay between musicians but this is a trio afterall. They did a great job on this release. I rate this one an 8.7 outta 10. ~ John W. Patterson for EER-MUSIC.com Buy it here: Landlords of Atlantis Listen to samples & Buy CDs/DVDs here
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