Jun 062019
 

Back in 2005, Living Fire began as a project without a fixed lineup other than Luis Carlos on vocals and bass as he just wanted to make music and record to have music to listen to..never realizing that the lyrics in English would ever have an impact due to his accent.  In 2011, the cd was recorded with the opening track “Jesus is Not Dead” and a couple of covers leading to the band signing to Thumper Punk Records in 2012.  A couple of videos later and a couple of years, saw the band release Dead to Sin in 2014.  Since then the band has released a couple more cd’s, Eternal Now in 2016 and Every Saint has a Past, Every Sinner has a Future in 2017, which saw the band veer away from a hardcore sound and more toward a Blink-182-like sound.  During recording of Eternal Now, founder Luis Carlos shifted to only vocals and the band brought on Raphael Alcantara to handle bass duties and as a result of this change, the band suddenly had more creative input to their sound.

In full disclosure, I did like the band’s early material which was a bit more like melodic old-school hardcore and I pretty much lost interest in their more recent releases as the change in sound just didn’t fit into what I like to listen to.  With The Flame Still Burns, if it wasn’t for Luiz Carlos’ distinctive vocals and tone, I would have thought it was a different band.  So much more aggression and heavy, fast guitars and drums on this release.  While their last one was more like Blink-182, I would put this one more toward bands like Downset and dare I say some hints of Sepultura.    “Eternal Love” opens innocently enough with some howling wind and a crying baby but then Luiz Carlos comes in with a rap-like delivery and chunky guitar and bass riff with some gang vocals thrown in for good measure until  the song shifts into a more melodic chorus section filled with some nicely layered in guitar leads.  I get all sorts of influences showing up here, early TFK, POD, and the great funky bass work by Raphael Alcantara really helps bring the song along.  Great start to the album and I did go back and check to make sure I had the right album playing. Continue reading »

May 222019
 

Thumper Punk Records is honored to announce the release of “The Flame Still Burns” from Living Fire. Heavy NYHC and metal influences flavor the band’s traditional punk sound, and allow the musicians to display their advanced skills. Through eight songs of passion and glory, Living Fire shines the light of Faith and Hope on the world’s darkest corners.

“The Flame Still Burns” is available for streaming and immediate download at bandcamp. Continue reading »

Oct 032017
 

Thumper Punk Records is pleased to announce the release of “Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has a Future”, the latest full-length release from Brazil’s street punk preachers Living Fire! Featuring six songs in English and six in their native Portuguese, Living Fire delivers energetic street punk and Oi! driven by conviction, strength and praise. Living Fire seeks to transmit God’s word to places where it would not be received through conventional means. Saved people sharing their story of forgiveness and redemption through music.

Living Fire features Luis Carlos (Vocals), Raphael Alcantara (Bass), Michel Oliveira (Drums), Murillo Xavier (Guitar), Thiago Lima (Guitar). Continue reading »

Mar 292016
 

Living_Fire_-_Band_Photo_b30Thumper Punk Records is pleased to announce the release of “O Eterno Agora”, the free full-length release from Brazil’s street punk preachers Living Fire. Following their English language albums “Jesus Rules” and “Dead To Sin”, Living Fire releases their first album in their native Portuguese. Both soul-uplifting and bone-crushing, Living Fire seeks to transmit God’s word to places where it would not be received through conventional means.

Living Fire features Luis Carlos (Vocals), Raphael Alcantara (Bass), Michel Oliveira (Drums), Murillo Xavier (Guitar), and Wesley Farina (Guitar).“O Eterno Agora” is available for free download from Thumper Punk Records. Continue reading »

May 162015
 

Dead To SinLiving Fire is a 4-piece band that has its roots in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They refer to themselves as Street Punk. The band is clearly passionate about their faith, and it shows in everything. Their record “Dead To Skin” is 16 tracks long, so I won’t be able to review every track.

The first song “Almighty Lord” doesn’t leave you waiting, as it begins with shredding guitars, and fast-paced drums. The sound of the band has “punk” written all over it. The vocals are a point where the band can still improve. They are on the edge of ‘unclean’ and are sometimes out of tune. One could argue whether this fits in with the image of punk. However, even if it does fit in with the punk-attitude, vocals should still be pleasurable to listen to.

“Anwer Me” starts with a short bass riff, after which the guitars come in. The guitars seem metal-influenced at some points, especially when they are palm-muted. At the chorus, the vocalists attempt to sing in harmony. I appreciate this effort, however, the main vocalist is out of tune, which kind of negates the beautiful effect that harmonies are supposed to bring. Continue reading »