Fire in the Attic
Crush/Rebuild


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
May 27th, 2006 | 12 replies | 3,800 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Fire in the Attic are a German post-hardcore outfit. Consisting of 5 members, Fire in the Attic have gained some popularlity in their home country with support slots such as Finch, Coheed & Cambria and Hot Water Music.

Fire in the Attic
Ole Feltes - Vocals
Richard Meyer - Guitar / Vocals
Daniel Crebelli - Guitar
Dennis Meyer - Bass
Daniel Plotzki - Drums

When I was first assigned Crush/Rebuild for Sputnik's Review a Random Album competition/game/whatever, I expected to hear a band that sounded like Sunny Day Real Estate. When I managed to acquire the album, I found that my prediction wasn't far off. Crush/Rebuild is - as far as I can tell - Fire in the Attic's first full length album. Consisting of 11 full songs (and one instrumental sort of interlude), Crush/Rebuild clocks in at just over 40 minutes, a nice time for a debut. I will admit that when I first heard this record, I didn't like it much. This was probably due to the fact that it's not a particularly original album. It's hard to pick a specific band that Fire in the Attic sound similar to, but I (and I'm sure most other listeners) found that I had heard everything that Fire in the Attic are doing before. All of the characteristics you'd expect to find in this genre are in full force on this album; palm muted verses, half sung/half screamed vocals, breakdowns, large dynamic contrasts and enormous choruses all make regular appearances. The other reason I didn't like the album so much at first was that there are a few tracks scattered throughout which aren't particularly great.

Though I had a few gripes with this record at first, there were a few things that stood out to me quite a bit. Firstly, the musicianship found on Crush/Rebuild is quite good. As a band, they seem to work very well together and the interplay between band members is very tight. They seem to understand their chosen genre pretty well and they work well within the context of that genre. The occasional use of acoustic guitars and electronics gives the album a slight edge as well. What's most interesting about the musical component of this album is not what the musicians are playing (what they play is quite typical of their genre), how they play it within the context of the band. The guitar and bass riffs are interesting at times, but generally quite formulaic. Likewise, the vocals stick to a sing/scream formula and they rarely stray from these two sounds. In the way of percussion, this album is tight, but nothing particularly special or interesting.

The album's production is quite dirty and fuzzy, which doesn't help the songs very much. The songs would have benefited a lot more from a crisper, cleaner production where dynamics are better contrasted and the instruments are generally a lot more clear. The structure of the album is really quite interesting in that it rewards listeners who stick around to hear the whole record, but seems to offer the album's weakest tracks towards the beginning. Although the first track of the album is one of it's strongest, the rest of the early tracks are among the album's weakest. Set roughly in the middle of the album, the instrumental interlude "Ctrl + Alt + Del" is probably the album's strongest track, making use of of electronics and emotional guitar work.

Though not without it's issues, Crush/Rebuild is a catchy and solid album that fans of this genre will find much to like in. For a band who have only been together three years, Fire in the Attic show some great potential.

Pros
Catchy songs
Good musicianship
Generally a very solid album

Cons
Sometimes too cliched
Somewhat ineffective production
A few tracks aren't particularly good

Reccomended Tracks
Veritas
Ctrl + Alt + Del
Induced Sleep

FINAL RATING: 3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
morrissey
Moderator
May 27th 2006



1688 Comments


I admit I've never heard of this band before, but based on the band comparisons and sound description I doubt I would love this. Might be a band to look otu for in the future. Nice to see another random review turned in though.

Big Tone
May 27th 2006



50 Comments


wow, you got 2 pro sections, sure thats a slight mistake though. Nice review, I'll download some to see if I like them.

ToWhatEnd
May 27th 2006



3172 Comments


Haven't heard of these guys but will look into them for sure. Great review as always.

*drumrolls awaiting 100th review*

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 27th 2006



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wonder what I should do for the 100th. Hmmmmm.

wow, you got 2 pro sections, sure thats a slight mistake though. Nice review, I'll download some to see if I like them.


Fixed, thanks.

w0bbL4
May 27th 2006



14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's nice to see that a german post-hardcore band gets some fame on international floor; I'm very proud .
Great review, but IMO these guys are only solid.


Damrod
Moderator
May 27th 2006



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A review I never came to do. :p You hit the thing pretty much on the head, this is basically how I judge the album as well. I'm really looking forward to their 2nd album, it should be released soon. I wonder how they progressed...

Anyways, excellent work, a job well done :thumb:

br3ad_man
Emeritus
May 28th 2006



2125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

[quote=Damrod]A review I never came to do. You hit the thing pretty much on the head, this is basically how I judge the album as well. I'm really looking forward to their 2nd album, it should be released soon. I wonder how they progressed...

Anyways, excellent work, a job well done [/quote]

Thanks, I was hoping you would approve.

Damrod
Moderator
May 28th 2006



1093 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You pretty much took the songs I would recommend, that's really interesting

Hatshepsut
May 29th 2006



1997 Comments


Oh my, number 99. Great review.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2006



15728 Comments


I'm psyched for 100, making you the only sputnik reviewer to hit the century mark. How does it feel old timer?

Digging: Alvvays - Alvvays

Zebra
Moderator
May 30th 2006



2647 Comments


My friend likes this band, he is really into Thrice so I suppose Fire in the Attic are quite similar. Great work on the review, I'm excited for #100.

Oblivioncry
March 1st 2007



601 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

good review,
but about your comment:Somewhat ineffective production
i think the sound is just quite god this imperfect way, it gives their sound a really different but positive touch.

Crtl+alt+del is indeed an awesome track, well it is even perfect imo, a kind of counterpart to Art of Life by X japan, while Aol goes 31 min to achieve perfection this song only needs 2 minutes

and just like AoL it never bores one, even after listening it the 1000th time

good album,
the fellow up album 'I'll beat you city' is even better, hope someone reviews it^^

anyway great reviewThis Message Edited On 03.26.07



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