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Hot Press Magazine Review 'Man Vs. Monster'

'Unrelenting hard rock debut from Derry's answer to the Foos' - 2.5/5

Fighting With Wire would be the first to admit they're not in the business of re-inventing wheels.  Educated by the likes of Therapy? and Foo Fighters at the school of hard rock, the Derry trio shamelessly favour big stadium-ready guitar riffs, anthemic riffs and monstrous percussion.  The angsty subject matter that invariably comes with such musical territory may form a dubious lyrical backbone for middle-aged millionaires but it's perfectly acceptable coming from three impassioned young northern upstarts.

If nothing else, Fighting With Wire's uncompromising attitude is admirable.  Bands of this ilk have all but disappeared off the radar since the abrupt demise of grunge and tellingly it's only those connected with the genre's heyday (Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins) who remain capable of maintaining a reasonably sized audience.  Although other influences are traceable ("Sugar" opens with a Pixies-esque bass riff, "Make A Fist" borrows the vocal melody from posthumous Nirvana hit "You Know Your Right"), it's the shadow of one Mr Dave Grohm that looms largest throughout.  Though most evident in Cahir O'Doherty's sky-high vocal shriek, it's there also in the shiny production, the stop start dynamics and the impeccably distorted guitars.

2.5 / 5

- Colm Russell, Hot Press