Fuel
Angels and Devils


2.0
poor

Review

by Porter W. Richards USER (62 Reviews)
August 6th, 2007 | 34 replies | 15,745 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fuel's 'revival' is nothing more than a desperate attempt from Carl Bell to be the rock god he once was.

3 of 7 thought this review was well written

Fuel has never been a standout band, and they’ve also never released a standout album even though their last album, Natural Selection came close. With each album, Fuel would end up progressing, getting better and better with each album. Their debut album, Sunburn was bland, boring radio rock with a few average tracks, 2000’s Something Like Human was a bit harder and edgy than Sunburn; and it ended up spawning the massive hit Hemmorhage (In My Hands). With their third album, Fuel took to the path less traveled, with Natural Selection. Bordering on pure metal, Natural Selection was filled with heavy, noisy guitar riffs mixed with nasty harsh bass lines and crackling vocals courtesy of Brett Scallions’ always unique, rough voice.

So what happened with Angels and Devils? Who would have figured Fuel would go back to the bland, mindless radio rock that they produced with Sunburn with their ‘revived’ band? The bass heavy opening verses, thrash guitar lines, drumming led rhythms of Natural Selection are all gone, in favor for a more radio friendly sound. Not only is the music on this album very boring and isn’t anything special; but the new lead singer Toryn Green tries so hard to be Brett Scallions that its painful to listen to. His voice is rough and cracks just like Scallions, but it sounds a lot like something you’d hear from a cheap cover band’s version of Hemmorhage (In My Hands). Not only is the lead singer a last ditch desperation move from the guitarist Carl Bell to keep his band alive, this whole ‘revival’ just seems as a half-cooked last ditch attempt to be a radio mainstay.

How mediocre and bland is this album? Let’s start with the lead single, Wasted Time. Toryn Green takes no time in taking over the song with his Scallions-esque vocals backed by an acoustic guitar verse before it breaks out into a relatively catchy chorus. But what makes this song so ‘special’? It sounds like every ballad on the radio back in the late 90s. Not only is Wasted Time is the lead single off of this album, Fuel wants you to know that upon first glance quite simply because there’s two versions. The (G-Mix) was the radio single, and the (S-Mix) was just a cheap Reprise of the single. Too bad the mixes are almost impossible to tell apart…making the (S-Mix) at the end of the album seem as a rehashed repeat of what we’ve already heard.

There’s a special place in my heart for mainstream rock; which makes this album tolerable to listen to (at least for me) courtesy of the two songs that kick off the album, Gone and I Should Have Told You. Gone kicks off with a Carl Bell signature guitar riff before Green comes in with all guns blazing with a short-lived scream before breaking into a rather catchy chorus that that feels very matured; same with I Should Have Told You, which is one of the albums slower, melodic songs that will most likely be the next single due to its acoustic verses and more upbeat and aggressive chorus. The chorus is catchy and guitar heavy. Toryn Green manages to sound a bit more unique than he does in the rest of the album’s songs as well; which is a big plus.

The album’s first two songs are all fake hope though, Forever is rather boring, expected, and unoriginal, and as stated before Wasted Time is a bland mess. But not only is that song a mess, the whole album is, and Fuel seems to know this with the middle filler track Mess which is filled with random words, noises, guitar riffs, and drumming squirmishes. Angels Take a Soul is arguably the album’s worst song, quite simply because it’s a gigantic mess of random song structures, and overpowering guitar riffs.

By the end, the album comes off as a gigantic mess that you’ve just witnessed before your very ears. Angels and Devils is stuck in the 90s; plain and simple, and the album seems so desperate that its pitiful that this is what Carl Bell has come to. Once, Fuel was a band that did what they wanted, but no longer; they are catering to the masses once again; but this time, its so pitifully bad that the masses are turning this trash down. The only possible pluses to this album are the opening duo and the lyrics in this album. The lyrics stemmed from the abandonment of Fuel’s lead singer Brett Scallions and the drummer Kevin Miller. The lyrics are heartfelt, moving, and much more deep and heavy than Fuel’s previous albums. But even the deep lyrics can’t save this album from falling into the mediocrity that this mainstream rock album truly is. This album is just another reason that these ‘revivals’ that have been going around lately (Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.) aren’t that good of an idea; they mostly end in a mess of mediocrity, a lot like this album, Fuel’s fourth release Angels and Devils.

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riobravo1023
August 6th 2007



274 Comments


I never even knew this was coming out. Fuel lost everything they had after Sunburn.

tribestros
August 6th 2007



918 Comments


It comes out tomorrow.

Natural Selection was a really, really good album.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2007



2658 Comments


Even if it comes out tomorrow, you still have to link to a stream if it's available.

tribestros
August 6th 2007



918 Comments


Link to a stream is up.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2007



2658 Comments


Thanks, dude, appreciated. I know it seems nitpicky for it being released in a few hours but consistency is always key.

CushMG15
August 6th 2007



1802 Comments


Wow dude, we have the exact opposite view towards Fuel (except I agree about what I've heard about this album). I tend to really dig on Sunburn and lose interest as their career progressed. Crazy. Nice Review tho. They played a couple of these songs at Summerfest and I was not impressed.

YouGottaBeCrazy
August 6th 2007



37 Comments


I agree with this review, with the strange beginning where he says that natural selection was fuel's best album. How anyone could even think that album is good is beyond me. Every song was bland radio rock, just like this album. That album was awful, this album is even worse. Good lord this band needs to break up.

YouGottaBeCrazy
August 6th 2007



37 Comments


with the exception of the strange beginning*

tribestros
August 6th 2007



918 Comments


Fuel's Natural Selection was almost metal, at least in my opinion. The songs were hard-edged and the bass line to Quarter was addicting.

tribestros
August 6th 2007



918 Comments


Yeah, that's Not This Time...

YouGottaBeCrazy
August 7th 2007



37 Comments


"Fuel's Natural Selection was almost metal, at least in my opinion. The songs were hard-edged and the bass line to Quarter was addicting."

Well, "No Quarter", "Getting Thru" and "Won't Back Down" are metal songs, but the rest aren't. No Quarter is one of the only good songs on the album. Almost every song suffers from very poor songwriting, bad lyrics, and an overall generic sound. This album was to be expected after hearing the difference between Something like Human and Natural Selection.

SomeoneYouDontKnow
August 7th 2007



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"they are catering to the masses once again; but this time, its so pitifully bad that the masses are turning this trash down."

First of all I'm tired of hearing/reading that: catering to the masses. It makes it seem like there are a certain group of people out there that are too stupid to find their own music, so it is found for them. It's insulting and ridiculously stupid.

Second of all, wow the "masses" are turning this CD down? Really? Find that hard to believe when it just came out today.

Stick to your day job buddy. You aren't very good at writing a review.

tribestros
August 7th 2007



918 Comments


Dumbass what I meant is that the masses are turning the singles down so far.

Have you heard Wasted Time on the radio more than 5 times?

Why don't you bit off and stop negging my review for one reason. The album caters to the masses. It's mainstream rock.

Know what mainstream rock does?

IT CATERS TO THE MASSES.



CushMG15
August 7th 2007



1802 Comments


^^^
Well played.

..But I still think you're wrong about Sunburn, to me that album is a cut above the rest.

tribestros
August 7th 2007



918 Comments


Well I mean its as if this guy had a vendetta against me to neg my review from the start.

In other news, this is my first featured review!



joshuatree
Emeritus
August 7th 2007



3743 Comments


i never really liked fuel, and this doesnt seem as if it's gonna change my mind. good review though.

tribestros
August 7th 2007



918 Comments


Trust me, this won't change your mind. Angels and Devils won't change your mind at all. To make things worse, the new lead singer is absolutely horrid.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
August 7th 2007



2658 Comments


posting to confirm that that dude didn't neg your review

tribestros
August 9th 2007



918 Comments


This is my first featured review! Got a lot of views too...

tribestros
August 9th 2007



918 Comments


No reason to be a jackass. If it wasn't featured, it wouldn't be on the front page. I've been in this situation plenty of times and they haven't been featured.





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