Five Albums That Changed My Life: Flza Dana of Fire & Ice
If you favor your hardcore lean and mean, look no further than Fire & Ice. The Richmond, Va. combo specialize in the kind of brawny songwriting elder statesmen like Killing Time and Terror also favor. Signed to the red hot Reaper Records, Fire & Ice will be issuing Not of This Earth, their debut album, on May 8.
The new album follows the group’s two 7″ releases and an appearance on the America’s Hardcore compilation. For Not of This Earth, Fire & Ice worked with producers Dean Baltulonis and Leeway/Cro-Mags guitarist AJ Novello and the results feature some of the thickest guitar tones Noisecreep has heard all year on a hardcore record.
To help celebrate the new album, Noisecreep asked Fire & Ice drummer Flza Dana to take part in our ‘Five Albums That Changed My Life’ series.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)
“This was the first record that ever really grabbed me, before this I liked a couple songs from various bands but after seeing the video for “Under the Bridge” I was hooked. 10-year-old me would get so pumped when it came on. This was my first real love affair with music.”
Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine (1992)
“This record put me on lifelong path with aggressive music and would one day open the doors to the hardcore scene. This record just grabbed me at the right time, so much teen angst. I felt everything they said and the music was the perfect vessel.”
State of the World Address, Biohazard (1994)
“This was the missing link for me. This record bridged the gap for between aggressive music and hardcore. Real topics, real life, great music, they looked so cool. This was my first real experience with any hardcore music. I still love this record.”
Rock for Light, Bad Brains (1983)
“This record set the bar for me. Rock for Light encompasses cool in every way. Musically, this was the tightest, fastest, craziest thing I’d ever heard, and the next track would be such a cool, mellow reggae track that would put you in the best mood. This record is an emotional roller coaster. It really made me want to step my game up.”
Murphy’s Law/Back With a Bong, Murphy’s Law (1994 reissue)
“Kind of cheating but I heard the another planet dual release first. This band puts me in such a good mood but makes me want to hit the pit at the same time. This made me realize hardcore isn’t all about being serious and preachy but saying we’re here to have fun too, whether your straight edge or not. Stage dive, skank it up, have fun.”
Fire & Ice’s debut album, Not of the This Earth, will hit stores on May 8 via Reaper Records, pick it up here. Noisecreep will have a full stream of the album during release day!