Reviewed by C.J. Darlington
The Healing of Harms by
"Catchy, upbeat, and relevent."
Fireflight’s debut album was five years in the making—five years of playing shows and waiting patiently. The Healing of Harms marks the Orlando based band’s first foray into the national music scene after independently releasing the EP On the Subject of Moving Forward (which caught the ear of Flicker Records, who eventually signed the band). Lead vocalist Dawn Richardson says, “Finally the doors are opening. It really feels like God has given us these opportunities so that we can help reach those who are wounded, those who need this music.”
The Healing of Harms is a positive collection of edgy rock tunes. The opener “Serenity” starts things off fast and furious and moves listeners right into the crunching guitars of “Waiting”. In fact, Fireflight’s intensity doesn’t let up through most of the album. “It’s You” (co-written by the band and Ian Eskelin) is the closest thing to a ballad you’ll find with its worshipful message, but it’s a stretch to use the word “ballad” in the same sentence as “Fireflight”. This becomes increasingly obvious when a song like “Liar” grinds from the speakers as probably the edgiest song on the album. Bold guitars kick things off, and David Paul Pelsue (of Kids in the Way) delivers a great performance singing, and screaming, along with Dawn. Lyrically, it speaks against those who try to sell the truth for their own gain: All that I see when you start to cry / is the rock on your finger and the gleam in your eye / your sad story is making me sick / So change the channel cause it’s getting thick.
As the album progresses, the songs do start to sound slightly repetitive, but that’s a positive for those who can’t get enough of Fireflight’s grunge flavored music. Stand-out track “You Decide” (featuring Josh Brown of Day of Fire) is the band’s first single and video. With words that challenge listeners to make a decision based on seeking God Himself, it’s set to become a rock hit. And that’s one of the great things about Fireflight. Not only is their music head-banging-good rock ‘n roll, but they don’t sacrifice edifying lyrics for authenticity. Covering topics like self-worth, respect, controlling anger, and loving people for who they are, The Healing of Harms is an album youth pastors can give kids without concern, but modern rock fans won’t find themselves listening to a sermon disguised as a song, either. Says Dawn, “Fireflight wants to write music that people can feel, make records that are universal enough to stand the test of time, and stay genuine and honest—or die trying.”
With a Flyleaf meets Inhabited sound, The Healing of Harms brings listeners right up to edge of hard-core modern rock without completely falling over it. Catchy, upbeat, and relevant, Fireflight takes off in The Healing of Harms.
C.J. Darlington is the award-winning authof of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, and Ties that Bind. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky. Visit her online at her author website. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.