Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

From AC/DC to Winger, you can tell a lot about a band by how (and how often) a singer pronounces the word "fire." As Mo Rage's Fix of Rage opens, Tony Webster says it as soon as he gets the chance, belching it out as "FI-YAH," equal accent on both syllables, 1986-style. That's right, Cleveland: Power metal isn't back; it never left.

Aside from the burly intonation of flame, Webster's vocals are largely confined to the high end -- not piercing enough to shatter glass, but he gives it all he has. Guitarist Roger Ash plays like a refugee from Breaker, flashing all the old-school moves: He grinds. He riffs. He shreds. Webster wails, turning the pages of conceptual sci-fi/fantasy tales. In album opener "The Storm," he swoons like a Valkyrie: "I am the savior of the universe/Pushing back the enemy." Blinded by extraterrestrial aggression, he's failed to see his band's true enemy -- the uncredited keyboardist.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

More by D.X. Ferris

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 2, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation