From the Ashes is quite the ambitious debut from local quartet Meade Ave. The concept album provides 13 cuts of adrenaline-soaked mayhem chronicling the hard-rock/metal outfit’s history, from inception to today. The chugging riffs and big hooks of “In the Beginning …” and lead single, “Born Again,” pay homage to the band’s influences, such as Godsmack and Disturbed. “Born Again” nicely captures the band’s knack for writing sweet licks. I’m particularly fond of the slower “Threads of Fate,” which has a driving guitar riff reminiscent of Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction,” with the exception of vocals. That being said, I enjoy singer Jeff Bowling’s abrasive growl, which is sprinkled throughout, much more than his clean singing. Nonetheless, this is a promising debut album for a group of local shredders. ★★★ ✩ ✩
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