The Supermarine Spitfire – once a King of war ridden skies that took no prisoners, but now a bomber-fighter icon that lives in memory as an all-metal hero. Self confessed “high power and performance” Norwegian quartet Spitfire aim to carry its legacy on in the form of heavy metal goodness.
With a career already spanning a decade, the four-piece are on a mission to continue bringing classic rock to the 21st century with their latest offering Fuel To Burn. If you’re looking for an album bustling with riffs and a whole load of guts, then keep reading – you’re in the right place (at least for now).
The album opens in a somewhat unexpected fashion. Title track ‘Fuel To Burn’ is drunk on bass that’s seductively alive, yet its lyrical content is perhaps drunk for the completely wrong reasons. The line “come on baby, light my fire” greets you far too many times for it to be welcoming. Really, its just plain odd.
Whilst the track sets up a quirky outlook for the rest of the album, it does boast chunky riffs and confident guitar lines throughout that save it from being a sexual innuendo fest. Track ‘Gimme Some’ is certainly an example of this. Abrupt time changes give the record a great big kick up the backside – and just when it needed it too. Its partner track ‘I’ carries on the trend, yet at times sounds like Jared Leto is guest starring (if only!).
In reality, this album is a shame. Its sets itself up for success with its electrifying musicality, but as soon as lyrics are thrown over the top of it, it just makes you want to sigh. ‘Far Away’ is ironically the furthest away from this trend, but one track can’t save the rest.