Glenn Proudfoot, the Australian guitarist, is back in 2017 for his sixth album Fire and Rain. Known primarily in Australia and in Europe for his techniques in playing guitar, he’s definitely lived up to it with this record.

Fire and Rain, is a record that seems to carry a theme of polar opposites. For example, the songs have a strong presence of light versus dark, soft versus heavy, and of course, fire versus rain. This is apparent upon listening, the songs are like battlefield of these opposing elements, soft plucking of the strings will turn into heavily kicked drums and chugging guitar riffs.

I want to take a second to mention his vocal style. He’s got a unique vocal style that really helps set this album apart. He sounds like if Bryan Adams were an 80’s metal band vocalist, and I don’t know about you but that sounds awesome. Croony, emotional annunciations and vocal melodies that build and build into powerful choruses where he’s singing at the top of his lungs. Unique is an apt way to describe it.

Kicking off the album is the first song “Broken.” It opens up with a thrash of the drums into a funky guitar riff. Leading into the aforementioned unique vocals, this groovy track grabs your attention immediately and provides something you can definitely jam to.

Secondly, we’ve got the album’s namesake “Fire and Rain.” This song carries along with the vibe that “Broken” left us off with nicely, quick paced drums carry an emotional vocal melody. Being the titular song, it definitely is a staple of the album’s sound overall. A real highlight is a rising guitar solo that beautifully matches the emotional tone of the vocals.

Speaking of guitar solos, this album is packed with them, but a few shine above the rest. If you want gorgeously shredding solos, check out “Fire and Rain”, “Falling” and especially the final song “With Me”-  which I think is the best the album has to offer.

There’s a few songs I want to talk about more than others. “Falling” starts out softly, transforming slowly into a melancholic anthem which hits hard in the chorus. I find fault with one thing, though – the song is broken up by narration-like talking over the instrumental mid-way through the song, which took me out of the song quite a bit and just sounded kind of tacky – which was a shame due to how magnificent this song is. The solo more than makes up for it, though.

“Die On My Feet” is another one I want to mention, this song delivers a ballad on top of the anthems and the jams that Glen Proudfoot has delivered us so far. This song delivers the title lyric beautifully as it ties up each chorus, especially when it leads into the guitar solo. This gorgeous song, whilst not being the heaviest, is certainly what I believe to be one of the stronger tracks.

Lastly, I want to talk about “Run”. This song runs true to the theme I mentioned earlier – soft and heavy, light and dark, fire and rain. There’s not much to be said about this song individually other than the fact that it’s the most emblematic of the album’s sound and therefore I think worth mentioning.