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Paper sleeve and remastered. 2005.
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Omigod, Japan has a really good rock band!
Wilson Ng | Guam USA | 10/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fire Fire came out around the time of GNR's Appetite for Destruction and reminded me of the time when alot of bands wanted to capture the sounds that were similar to Appetite for Destruction. If you missed that sound of the late '80s and early '90s before grunge took over, then Fire Fire is a great CD. No, they're not a hair band. They actually have talent. They hailed from Japan and was part of a late 80's, early 90's movement by Japanese Heavy Metal bands that released albums in English.
It's nice to hear this remastered!
EZO was a band that caught the eyes of Kiss's Gene Simmons. They also toured as an opening band for GNR at one point.
This CD captured the sounds of 1989 as this was the era of hard rock before grunge took over. Great rough vocals that sounds like it was raked over gravel. I loved the guitars as it reminds me of true hard rock before the feedback noise of grunge became popular. EZO had the looks of a hair band but their music surpasses the fluff of Enuff-Z-Nuff, Poison, Warrant. Thankfully EZO had talent. It has that angry sound that made GNR's Appetite for Destruction a great CD.
Internal dissention and poor label support broke up the band after this CD.
The lead singer and drummer left to join legendary Japanese hard rock band Loudness.
EZO was actually the only Japanese Heavy Metal band that I loved....
They will be missed...."
A satisfying album
sauerkraut | 10/26/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Fire Fire, from EZO, was released in 1989. The album is made up of 11 tracks. The material is in a no-frills hard rock musical direction. Overall, the songwriting is tight, the musicianship is skilled, and the sound quality is gratifying. Masaki Yamada is an interesting, gravelly-sounding vocalist. Shoyo Iida's guitar playing is cool, too. Plus, Hiro Homma's high-hat cymbal work sounds pleasing and crisp in the mix. My favorite songs are "Fire Fire" and "Million Miles Away." Iida's rhythm guitar work is engaging on "Fire Fire"--in addition, his guitar solo is nicely crafted, memorable, and melodic. "Million Miles Away" displays a catchy chorus and appealing rhythm guitar playing from Iida. An example of another composition that I like is "She's Ridin' the Rhythm"; Homma's drum intro is indelible. The CD booklet includes the song lyrics, and a color photo of the band is displayed on the back of the CD jewel case. The disc is almost 49 minutes. Fire Fire is recommendable."
Great album but not as good as their first.
J. Lenglet | 10/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"EZO's first album was killer. The second Fire Fire is also very good but not quite as good as the debut. Lyrics are a little better on Fire Fire and the melodies are all quite good. Playing and vocals are great. The album has more material then teh debut album but it does get a little redundant as the album play thus my 4 instead of 5 star rating.
These guys had talent. Much more then they got credit for if sales speak for it. EZO was much better then Loudness in my opinion."