Knoxville, Tennessee-based rock outfit Sonic Fuel drop their self-titled debut album, featuring galvanizing hard rock and blistering guitar licks.
Vocalist/guitarist David Hales shares, “We made a conscious decision to make a no-frills Rock album with emotionally charged songs about love, loss, hope, angst, and ecstasy. There’s even some satire (‘Tune In’). It is undoubtedly thematic of the highs, lows, and realities of life and society today. We were thrilled and fortunate to have contributions from some of the best guitarists on the planet.”
Formed in 2019, Sonic Fuel is made up of David Hales (guitars, vocals), Chris Robbins (drums, guitars), Burton Akers (bass), and Julius Blue (keyboards, piano). Produced by Travis Wyrick, the album features the talent of guest guitarists, including Will McFarlane, Damon Johnson, and Andy Wood.
Comprising 10-tracks, the album begins with “Good Things,” arriving on gleaming guitars topped by Hales’ evocative, deluxe voice. Entry points include “Wild & Free,” opening on dark, deep guitar coloration, followed by moussing up to muscular layers of rumbling guitars. Infused with rolling bluesy savors, the harmonics ebb and rise with alluring dynamics. A searing guitar solo cuts like a knife, giving the tune incandescent hues.
I love the rumbling drums and scorching guitar of Damon Johnson on “The Brink.” Whereas “I Will Rise” travels on pop-punk-flavored guitars transitioning to a delicious alt-rock song with hints of pop-punk coloration running through it.
“Karma” pushes forth on growling, hefty guitars as Hales’ rasping vocals imbue the lyrics with dangerous timbres. Roiling layers of guitars give this tune surging flair, potent and electrifying. The rhythmic punch of “Tune In” produces a song rife with thick waves of snarling guitars and urgent, grimacing vocals.
The final track, “Scream,” conjures up the brawny sonic oomph of Motley Crue, rolling out on wall-of-sound guitars accented by burning licks. Hard-hitting and irresistible, “Scream” bawls out viscous textures of sizzling guitar pizzazz.
Sonic Fuel knows how to rock, pumping out beefy, scowling guitars brimming with raw energy, contagious rhythms, and dominant vocals.