Taking their cues from the likes of Trivium, Skinlab, Solitary and Lamb Of God, Finnish thrash/groove metallers Fearrage are heavy on melody and heavy on 90’s thrashy groove but light on that ‘special something’ to differentiate them from the millions of other identikit bands out there.
The endeavour is certainly there, with “Those Who Do Not Remember The Past” attempting to add layers to a fairly standard formula and “Your Demise” proving to be the unquestionable highlight of the EP. However, a little more variety in frontman Juha Virkamäki’s barked delivery certainly wouldn’t go amiss and a little diversity in structure would also lift Songs From The Sorrow out of the doldrums. As it stands, Songs From The Sorrow is overly shouty and severely lacking in dynamics.
Fearrage’s saving grace is that they do occasionally riff up a reasonable storm and deliver some effective head banging grooves along the way….but it’s not enough to mark this EP out as anything other than mediocre at best. 5/10
Fearrage – Songs From The Sorrow
Release Date: December 28th 2019
Record label: Inverse Records
Genre: Melodic thrash/groove metal