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Hard rock act Into The Fire officially released its new self-titled EP to the masses today. The record is a solid introduction for the super group of sorts. That is because while the record boasts only three songs, all three songs are instant radio-ready compositions that will fit easily into any rock radio station’s daily rotation with their musical arrangements and lyrical content. The disc’s opener ‘Spit You Out’ is evidence of that. The brooding, hard rock sounds and lyrical theme of ‘From The Medicine’ proves this just as much as ‘Spit You Out.’ The alternate take of ‘Spit You Out’ varies very little from the original composition but still presents its own enjoyment. All things considered this new offering from Into The Fire’s self-titled EP a record that is set to set this hard rock super group on fire.
Hard rock super group Into The Fire’s new self-titled EP boasts only three songs. Even as few songs as it boasts it still proves in the end to be a record that is set to set Into The Fire on fire. That is because the songs featured in this record are instant radio-ready compositions. The record’s lead single ‘Spit You Out’ clearly exhibits this. The song’s musical arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of both SOiL and The Union Underground. While elements of SOiL are clearly present in the song’s musical arrangement, The Union Underground’s musical influence exhibits more prevalence here. Considering the backgrounds of the band’s members, the presence of both bands’ work should come as no surprise, right down to the guitar solos. Keeping this in mind, that catchy, driving arrangement makes the song an instant hit for the band. It is just one part of what makes the song a hit. The song’s lyrical content plays just as much of a part here as the song’s musical arrangement.
The musical arrangement at the base of ‘Spit You Out’ in itself makes this song an instant hit for Into The Fire. It alone makes this song a composition that any mainstream rock radio programmer should add to his or her station’s daily rotation. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note in its presentation as its musical arrangement. The message presented in the song’s lyrical content leaves very few questions. Front man Bryan Scott clearly addresses a certain unnamed woman in this song as he sings to her in the song’s chorus, “You take, take/everything you want until I break, break break…you’re a cold-hearted b****/But I can’t spit you out. In other words, this woman means no good at all, but the song’s subject (whether it’s Scott or not) cant’ bring himself to rid himself of her. That becomes more evident in the song’s second verse in which Scott sings, “Hey girl, you’re a beautiful liar/Hey girl, you’re the devil’s child/Your affliction/My addiction…” This man cannot get the woman out of his mind and can’t get himself away from her. When one considers this, it plays perfectly into the driving energy of the song’s musical arrangement. When both elements are put together, they make listeners think certain songs from the likes of Buckcherry, Cold, and certain other bands, proving again why this song is a perfect fit for any rock radio station. It is just one of the songs that makes Into The Fire stand out. The EP’s other song ‘From The Medicine’ is just as important to note in examining the record as ‘Spit You Out.’
‘Spit You Out’ is a clear example of why Into The Fire is ready to set the mainstream rock realm ablaze. Its high energy musical arrangement and equally charging lyrical content work in tandem to make this song an instant hit for any rock radio station across America. It is not the only key song to examine in the band’s new self-titled EP, though. ‘From The Medicine’ is just as important to note here as ‘Spit You Out.’ That is because it is a distinct change of pace for the band. Whereas ‘Spit You Out’ boasts a nonstop, hard rock musical arrangement, this song’s musical arrangement is more brooding, for lack of better wording. It starts off slowly with Scott and fellow guitarist Adam Zadel’s almost Alice in Chains style dual guitar attack. From those opening bars, the song then switches to a slightly slower, but no less powerful, melodic hard rock arrangement. Even the vocal approach taken in the song boasts a style similar to that of Alice in Chains in its heyday. Considering all of this , it is clear why this song’s musical arrangement is an important part of its whole. Its lyrical content is just as important to note as its musical arrangement. That must be addressed here, too.
The musical arrangement presented in ‘From The Medicine’ is its own important piece of the song’s presentation. That is because it stands out so clearly against that of ‘Spit You Out’ and in it similarity to that of Alice in Chains in its heyday. As important as it is to note, it is only one part of the song’s presentation. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to note in examining its presentation as its musical arrangement. In regards to the song’s lyrical content Scott and company are less clear about the song’s subject. Scott sings in the song’s chorus, “We’re suffocating from the medicine/All this consequence we’re buried in.” When one takes into consideration the content of the song’s verses, one can’t help but wonder if Scott is not speaking about anything physical, but more in a metaphorical sense. That can be assumed as he sings in the song’s second verse, “Hey let me pull you under (to the godless, take a little)/Hey let it go it’s over (so contagious, it’s over)/Blame it on the pills we’ve swallowed/Suck it down/Liars and their gods we follow/Wait it out, they’ll disappear.” One could argue here that maybe the medicine in question is not physical, but the things that are supposed to make people better. Considering that, one could argue that Scott is saying the things that are supposed to make us better are in fact doing us more harm than good. The song’s lead verse would seem to hint at that, too as Scott sings, “Hey let me introduce you/Hey let me complicate you/Feeble from your own submission/Complacent till the end/Suffer from your good intention again and again and again.” This is merely this critic’s own interpretation of the song’s lyrical content and should not be taken as the only interpretation. It is just what makes sense to this critic. Considering this interpretation, the emotion in the song’s musical arrangement has even more of an impact on the song’s overall presentation. In the end, the combination of such introspective lyrical content works with the song’s equally well thought-out musical arrangement to make it another radio ready addition to Into The Fire’s new self-titled EP. It is not the last example of what makes this EP stand out, either. The EP also includes an “alternate version” of ‘Spit You out’ as a bonus of sorts. It should be discussed just as much as the song’s original take and ‘From The Medicine.’
‘Spit You Out’ and ‘From The Medicine’ are both key additions to Into The Fire’s new self-titled EP. That is due to the songs’ musical arrangements and the arrangements’ companion lyrical content. The combination of those two elements within both songs makes each song an instantly radio-ready composition. While each song is important to this record in its own right, they are not the only songs that are included in the record. The band included a bonus “alternate take” of ‘Spit You Out’ with the original song and ‘From The Medicine’ to round out the record’s presentation. There is, in reality, not a whole lot of difference between the original and alternate take of ‘Spit You Out’ to be noted when playing the two takes side by side. The alternate take is about three seconds shorter than the original take. And, unless this critic is incorrect, the only discernable difference between the pair is a little guitar riff in the song’s final minute or so. It would appear in a close listen that said riff is there near the song’s end in one take, but not in the other. With or without that riff, it the song is still enjoyable regardless. The very fact that the difference between the original and alternate take of the song is nearly indecipherable shows that with more clarity than the difference in the two takes. Keeping this in mind, the “alternate take” of ‘Spit You Out’ is just as important to Into The Fire’s new self-titled EP as the song’s original take and as ‘From The Medicine.’ All things considered, Into The Fire proves in the end to be a record that is ready to set the mainstream rock realm ablaze.
Into The Fire’s new self-titled EP is a short record, boasting only three songs. But even with its three songs, it shows it is ready to set the mainstream rock realm ablaze. That is thanks in large part to the musical arrangements and lyrical content presented in the EP’s main songs, ‘Spit You Out’ and ‘From The Medicine.’ The pairing of those elements makes each song an instantly radio-ready composition. The “bonus alternate take’ of ‘Spit You Out’ adds a little bit more interest to this record even though the difference between the “alternate take” and the original song is so minute that it is nearly indecipherable. It still will leave listeners paying close attention to both takes, and in turn gaining even more of an appreciation for this new effort from the hard rock super group. All things considered, the songs that are presented in this record prove it (and the band) ready to set the mainstream rock realm ablaze. Into The Fire is available today in stores and online. More information on Into The Fire is available online now along with all of Into The Fire’s latest news and more at:
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