At first listen, there is nothing new about Ferocious Eagle?s approach. Even within its 2 guitar & drum format, you initially hear just straight-ahead modern rock, with a little emo threatening to break into full sob. But listen again. Soaring bridges and passionate vocals need not be MTV-ready, and FE has enough aggression and volume to scare away the hit parade.
?This Song is a Trainwreck? and ?Be Not Weary, Be Not Weak? are representative tracks, in sound and message. Angry, pleading vocals and melodic but string-snapping riffs push across their mixed message of hope and suspicion with believable jams. Other tracks like ?Something She Said? and ?Rape Whistle? are in the same disturbed vein, but the inspiration is noticeably less than total.
Still, when most straight-ahead rock bands have their ears just a little too close to the mainstream looking for clues on how to get love, Ferocious Eagle seem intent to rock their own way as authentically as possible, and win fans one riff at a time. 7/10 -- Mike Wood (13 February, 2007)