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Diesel: Into The Fire
Diesel Into The Fire CD Album Review

Diesel: Into The Fire

Melodic Hard Rock

Diesel is the creative collaboration of ex-Bad Company, current Manfred Mann's Earth Band, vocalist Robert Hart and FM guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick, with Jimmy Copley on drums and Pat Davey on bass. Expect some classic English melodic hard rock within their debut album Into The Fire.

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Actually, Diesel sounds exactly like Bad Company meets FM, or vice versa. Listening to Hart's voice, I can hear how he was picked to front that iconic UK blues hard rock band. Couple his voice with the music of Fortune Favors The Brave, What You See Ain't What You Get or Brand New Day, you might think you were listening to a Bad Company song, yet with less slow burning blues and more frisky Eighties rock. Other songs sound like they could jump off the next FM album like Love Under Cover, So What Is Love, or Told You So. Some of this comes from Kirkpatrick's crack rock leads, but also his sense of groove and melody.

Then another song, Bitter and Twisted, flips both scenarios on their heads giving you a more dense Whitesnake blues rock groove. Hart might even be able to fill in for Coverdale in a clutch. Some of that blues feel can get heavy as within Skin and Bone, thanks to the ham-fisted riffs and deep bottom end. Overall, the songs are solid, the playing pretty darn terrific, with Kirkpatrick generous with his spry leads, and the production crisp, though the bass line could have been brought up more. Frankly, there's not a dull song here, but there are a lot of them which might cause a listener to find Into The Fire to be repetitive. Recommended, nonetheless.

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In Short

Except some classic English melodic hard rock, with a touch of blues, within Diesel's debut album Into The Fire.

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