Here we have a full on hard rock sound with vocals that border on the grunge side. It sounds very raw and heavy. That was likely helped thanks to production from Tim Narducci (Formerly of Systematic). A CD like this, sounds better with some rough edges. I was glad they didn’t over produce this one. Right from the opening track “Don’t Count On Me”, you will know what to expect. This song has great energy and great hooks. It did a great job of making me see what was coming next. Actually my favorite song on the album was next. “Innocence” starts off with a guitar riff that sounded very similar to Trust Company. At first I thought the song was going to be a little softer but I was dead wrong. These guys don’t slow the music down very often. The closest you will come to a slow song is on “Another Season” and even then the vocals of Shane Geslin kill any chance of making it sound soft. He has a deep raspy voice that I really enjoyed. The first six tracks held my attention well, while the remaining songs just weren’t as tight. It wasn’t that they were bad but compared to the beginning of the album I felt disappointed. Anytime you have an album with six songs that you want to listen to over and over again that isn’t a bad thing; that can be tough to do for many bands. The biggest issue I had with the album was that I wanted to hear more aggression from it. I did some hunting online about Cylinder and by the sound of things on message boards and awards they have won you see them at their best live. That made me want to see these guys perform, if you get the chance to see them check them out. I would have to say that their bio probably said it best, Fueled By Fire “has the grit, rawness and intensity of a violent basement show matched with the clarity and coherence of a studio epic.” Studio epic might be a little much, but it is a good album. The debut showed some promise but over time I think they could perfect their sound and really impress on their second release. This by all means was a good debut for this band from The Bay Area and is something worth checking out.