Standing in the long tradition of British hard rock bands is upstart Fragile Things with their debut EP, Broken Sun. Now, having said that, I think Fragile Things sounds more like an American band. They cite Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver as influences, and then looking more recently to American band, the female fronted Dead Sara. I can hear it.
Essentially, Fragile Things plays hard and heavy rock or, possibly better, heavy metal with a hard rock groove. Their sound is both assertive and intense thanks to lashing brisk riffage and a pummeling rhythm section. It's no wonder that vocalist Richie Hevanz often sounds buried in the mix (or getting his ass kicked, depending on your perspective). Mark Hanlon on guitar delivers riffage with fury, but then brings inspired and fiery Slash-like solos. Moreover, all this thunder and lightning is wrapped up in guitar and vocal harmony, an abundance of melody, and crafty hooks in both arrangements and lyrics. In other words, Broken Sun plays like heavy metal rock injected with the sweetness of AOR sensibility. In this light, Open Cage and Broken Sun are the stand out songs here.
Otherwise, Broken Sun is a fine first effort from Fragile Things, packed with blistering heavy rockers. We just need more in the future. Recommended.
Broken Sun is a fine first effort from Fragile Things, packed with blistering heavy rockers. We just need more in the future. Recommended.
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