Bright guitars, and crisp drums flow through the speakers as if you just took a bite of a juicy apple — not too bitter and not too sweet — the opening track, “Set Fire,” sets the pace. Hailing from Alabama, Embers in Ashes has hints of Southern rock and metal throughout its solid backbone. The weakest part of Killers and Thieves would be the vocals. Even though they are consistent throughout the album, there seems to be a lack of the lower frequencies in the voice — or possibly too much of the high? — it is something I am sure the band will work out in the long run. For now, the question is what do the embers become, and what rises out of the ashes?
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