Straight out of Auckland, New
Zealand, Like A Storm is a promising
three-piece formed by brothers Chris,
Matt and Kent Brooks. Having toured with big names like Alter Bridge, Shinedown,
Korn, Staind, Drowning Pool and
Sick Puppies, 2015 will see a tour
with Hellyeah for these stalwarts.
They have recently been inducted to the Century
Media roster, coming up with their third full-album, ‘Awaken The Fire’.
The album features re-worked versions of the tracks from their sophomore
effort, ‘Chaos Theory Part 1’, as well as four new tracks. The very
first thing you observe while listening to the album is the crunchy undertones
straight from the first track. What impressed me about this band from the get-go
was the ample use of traditional instruments like the Didgeridoo and Djembe in
their rock sound. Every song is lyrically sound and well-versed for mainstream
acceptance. “Chaos” serves as a very
good opener; it gives a jolt of adrenaline right into your spine, and there’s
no slowing down from there. The songs showcase well-structured progressions too.
“Love The Way You Hate Me” and “Wish
You Hell” are heavy pinch-hitters for every listener, with a perfect amount
of synths at the right places. The former begins with a southern blues tune
that is quite impressive. However, “Break
Free” is quite reminiscent of Three
Doors Down and is one of the best tracks to look out for. “Become the Enemy” sounds like a modern
rock anthem with a “punk-ish” tint to it, and is a good stress buster along with
“Never Surrender”. “Southern Skies” and the new track, “Ordinary” add more flavour to a sudden
outburst of emotional angst that is reflected by “Six Feet Under” and “Gangster’s
Paradise”. The guitars are well-paced in each song, ranging from power-driven
elements to clean passages. The vocals are really impressive; they help the
listener to get involved with the haunting melodies. The changes implied to the
songs from their previous album have really improved their quality. This
reflects the maturity of the band with time and experience.
together. However, I wasn’t satisfied with the flow of the tracks; it could
have been better. As well as the sound arrangement didn’t fit in well; it was
mostly imbalanced at places. The album actually was a bit short of my
expectations. However, the songs are actually good doses for your listening
portfolio-esque offering through their new label, the overall experience is not
unsatisfactory. It’s a good motive by the brothers to present their best songs
and re-work them entirely for a larger audience. That being said, ‘Awaken the Fire’ is a crisp
amalgamation of mainstream rock and tinges of aboriginal folk sound.