With all genres, it’s important that music evolves. While it’s common (and definitely understandable, given the current state of things) to look back with fondness and inject nostalgia into new works, no-one wants to see artists stuck in the past.
Thank goodness, therefore, for Jet Fuel Chemistry and their fresh take on hard rock on their ‘Sign Of The Times’ EP, bringing modern metal into a new decade.
For those of us who only ever tip-toe on the outskirts of the metal scene, it can seem pretty set in its ways. The fans are passionate, loyal and, above all, know what they like; bands who bring something outside the box do so at their own risk. Jet Fuel Chemistry, however, have found that elusive sweet spot between being a good, solid rock band laden with metal riffs (think Halestorm and Shinedown, for example) while also introducing a fresh feel, similar to modern metalcore bands such as The Word Alive and Sleeping With Sirens. It’s youthful, but still gritty and mettlesome (pardon the pun).
Nothing proves this more than the EP’s title-track. Opening with the voice of environmental activist Greta Thunberg, a figure synonymous with youth today, speaking on climate change at The U.N. Climate Action Summit last year, it’s a big, bold statement from a band who feel relevant, timely and a perfect fit for right now. From the gutsy gang vocals of ‘War’ to the melodic sincerity of ‘Sleep’ and the velocity of ‘Fever’, the whole record is full of ferocious riffs spilling out effortlessly – enough to please any guitar-lover.
While ‘Sign Of The Times’ might not be enough to satisfy die-hard metal heads, it’s a darn good effort. Jet Fuel Chemistry give a nod to those who came before, but refuse to get stuck in a rut, instead jumping both feet first into 2020.