Watchfire is a hardcore/thrash band from The Merrimack Valley, and features members of Hardcore outfit Harder The Fight. This is their ten song debut full length album from Arrest Records.
The album starts off with the short instrumental title track that has heavy bass, pounding drums and crunchy guitar that leads you into the blazing song “Tragedy”. Guitarist Bocca is just phenomenal with the speed and power he brings to the song, Andrew Smith, the bassist lays the groove on thick, drummer Matt Brodsky is a whirlwind, hitting his kit with such power and singer/guitarist throws the leads fast and furious and has a rough voice that shreds his throat. From that song on, the band is firing on all pistons, going all out and showing that they fucking rock out big time. The songs are short, fast and if this doesn’t make your blood boil and force you into a frenzy of head banging, you must be dead. Every song is just a mind-blowing journey into thrash heaven, not one song is mediocre, and then when you think that it can’t get better, they lay on us the last and longest song on the album, “Undertow”. It starts of with just quiet guitar, some drumming comes in, then bang, it starts ripping up shit, but not to the same speed as the rest of the album, more mid-paced, but heavy as fuck with the rough shouted vocals changing to an almost Ozzy Osbourne style vocal on and off in the song. It gets back into just the quiet guitar again then back into the heavy stuff again and then the song fades out…awesome!
This was super heavy and one of my favorite thrash albums that I’ve heard in a long time. WATCHFIRE showed that they can go hard and then change things around and give you a few surprises. Grab this one today, crank it up and love the band.