Open Fire

by The Room

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The Room is a progressive rock band hailing from the Southeast of England, formed in 2010 by Martin Wilson and Steve Anderson of the progressive rock band GLD. Wilson and Anderson finalized The Room lineup in 2011 with the addition of Andy Rowe, Steve Checkley and Andrew Rae before starting work on their debut album Open Fire.

The five band members bring together a rich musical range of influences and textures that have shaped the band’s sound: a blend of Saga, It Bites and Magnum delivered with great musicianship, catchy hooks and intriguing lyrics. Smart songs with great melodies are the essence of the bands material.

Recorded at Platform Studios in the beautiful Berkshire countryside the album features 9 tracks, seven of which are new and two tracks are remixes from the Single “A Casual Believer / A Multitude of Angels” originally released in October of 2011.

Whats being said about "Open Fire"
progressiverock.br
The Room’s “Open Fire” is a clear-cut work that is specially recommended for fans of the most Melodic facet of bands such as “Magnum”, “Saga”, “It Bites”, “The Union”, “Journey”, “Queen”, “Marillion”, “I.Q”, “Galahad”, “Pallas”, “Fish”, and “Asia”.

Fireworks magazine
As debuts go, ‘Open Fire’ is an impressive and lasting statement. If you have a love of enigmatic music that merges the boundaries between AOR, prog and melodic rock, then you need to become acquainted with The Room.

Firebrand Magazine
On the whole, this is an impressive debut album, and there are some great moments on it. The thing is though, is that there aren’t that many bands out there doing prog in the traditional sense of the word, so this album is quite different to a lot of new stuff, and it’s most definitely worth checking out.

The Progressive Rock files
Open Fire is not the most complex prog you will ever hear, but its not intended to be. What you will hear is some well-crafted highly melodic compositions incorporating catchy musical hooks and hummable vocal lines with some clever arrangements making it the kind of music you can listen to over and over again.

Loud Stuff
The album consists of a very versatile collection of music, from the soft 16 Tonnes to the heavy ICU, it shows the band’s potential of having their names on the bills for the biggest arenas and line ups of huge festivals.

Glory Daze
Open Fire is a highly infectious progressive pop album with comparisons to Saga and early It Bites. This is a compelling album with much to offer for open minded music lovers.

Fit4 talent
Screaming" is an amazingly well written song built entirely on a bed of raw personal emotion and this comes through in Martins vocals. The whole band play their part in producing an amazing piece of music complimenting Martins vocal style whilst managing also to relay the feeling of desperation felt by the subject in the song.

The Screamer Magazine
The Room has obvious progressive rock influences, and at times the music does seem like it may be something out of a different decade. However the band is also able to remain relevant to the current day and future releases from The Room will be highly anticipated.

DPRP
The Spark is one of the most innovative songs which flows along nicely with a lovely lilting melody underpinned with subtle drums. This is one track which does point a way forward for them because it has so many promising elements contained within it such as Rowe's bass rising to the fore, a lovely synth run from Checkley and a very polished vocal outing from Wilson, whose clear, distinctive voice really does come into its own here.

Powerplay Magazine
The Room are definitely worth opening the door of and taking a peak inside if you like classic British prog.

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released 11 December 2012

The Band is...

Martin Wilson Vocals (Legacy, Grey Lady Down)
Steve Anderson Guitar (Sphere3, Grey Lady Down)
Steve Checkley Keyboards (Trigger)
Andrew Rae Drums (Legacy, Andy Rowe)
Andy Rowe Bass Guitar (Firebird, Prime Cut)

Official Website
www.theroom.eu
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Track Name: Flesh and bone
Shout out and make it clear
There’s something wrong around here
I can see it in your face
A look of shock and disgrace
You gotta try and help yourself
Forget the wars forget the wealth
Put down the guns put down the stones
After all we’re only Flesh and Bone............

I hear them calling
I see them falling
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............
In the search light
In the dark night
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only tears, flesh and Bone.............

Stop and wipe the children’s eye’s
I guess they’re lucky to be alive
Never known the calm of peace
Never seen the doves released
Give them a chance to make their mark
To cast a light upon the dark
And plant the grain of truth
Let them realise their youth

I hear them calling
I see them falling
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............
In the search light
In the dark night
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only tears, flesh and Bone.............

I guess we’ll never know their fate
Did they make it to the gate
To breathe their first breath of freedom
Can’t see no rhyme I can’t see no reason
And as the years go tumbling by
We’re under the same sky
Do we feel the same sun
Do we still have to run

I hear them calling
I see them falling
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............
In the search light
In the dark night
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only tears, flesh and Bone.............

Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............

I hear them calling
I see them falling
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............

Solo

I hear them calling
I see them falling
Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............

Hid amongst the rocks and stones
Only fear, flesh and Bone.............
Track Name: A Casual Believer
She was a Casual believer
In what you give is what you get
Not Just bloody karma
As she took her last breath
Another night in Hollywood
Another walk along the beach
Another victim with the drift wood.
Another LA peach,

Another sexual encounter,
One I guess you’d rather forget
I guess the 100 dollar bills
Are the best you’re going to get?
He spoke to you of stardom
But slipped in with out a word
All he left you was confusion
Now the lines begin to blur

As their heart beat races
In the cinemas tonight. Tonight

Face to face and
Heart to heart
This kind of life, will tear you apart
Face the light and
Face the truth
Before there’s nothing left for you.

Now you’re with the street boys
The light of opportunity fades
And now that you are their toy
The fire of ambition fades
One more back street porno
One more back street bar
One more drink won’t hurt you know
I guess you’ve come this far

As their heart beat races
In the cinemas tonight


Face to face and
Heart to heart
This kind of life, will tear you apart
Face the light and
Face the truth
Before there’s nothing left for you.
X2

As their heart beat races
In the cinemas tonight.
Men with blacked out faces
Wish they where him alright

As their heart beat races
In the cinemas tonight . Tonight
Men with blacked out faces
Wish they where him alright. Aright, alright…………

Out…
Track Name: 16 Tonnes
Quiet now don’t make a sound
I hear my thoughts go around and around
There’s a pounding loud inside my head
A voice says I’d be better off dead
Now the years have flown on by
Have we both been living a lie?
I got sixteen tonnes weighing on my chest
Don’t know what to do for the best

Different world in a different life
Sweet memories cut like a Knife
Our crazy world once collided
What happens next is undecided
Now the years have flown on by
Keep it balanced, and say goodbye
I got sixteen tonnes weighing on my chest
Don’t know what to do for the best

We are talking after all these years
No pre conceptions no more fears
The poundings gone from inside my head
A familiar path is what we tread
I guess it’s not that easy for you
I guess it’s hard to bury the truth
I got sixteen tonnes lifted off my chest
I guess I know what to do for the best


Now I don’t know what to say
A million years have flown away
It’s so easy talking to you
I hope that you feel it too
Those days are far away
Can’t bring them back today
I got sixteen tonnes lifted off my chest
I guess I know what to do for the best..


The faces always change......
And life begins again......
Track Name: Screaming Through The Noise
The last Time I saw your face
The tears fell, with hatred and disgrace
You’ve been pushed aside, and taunted,
You never got what you wanted

You want to stand out from the crowd
You want to scream and shout, oh so loud, oh so loud
Screaming through the noise
Just one of the boys (rpt)

Lay me down
Hold me now
But the wall you built around you
No one could get through

Can you see the road ahead?
After years torture and being misled
Have you wiped away the tears?
And buried all your fears (rpt)

Lay me down
Hold me now
But the wall you built around you
That no one could get through

A last embrace
I’ll cut to the chase
Just take it on the chin
Let your life begin
Screaming through the noise

Solo’s

Lay me down
Hold me now
But the wall you built around you
No one could get through

A last embrace
I’ll cut to the chase
Just take it on the chin
Let your life begin
Let your life begin
Screaming through the noise (rpt)
Track Name: A Multitude Of Angels
He drove on through the night,
Past the flashing neon signs,
Time to get a clear sight,
Of a love that’s hard to find,
But any love he felt inside,
She tore it from his heart,
And now he fights against the tide,
A loser from the start.

Now as the rain falls,
And the miles tumble by,
She cursed all his shortfalls,
And he had no reply,
The assassinations of his life
Left him bleeding left to die,
Her words cut like a knife,
There’s no tears left to cry.

But on the radio tonight..
The music fills his heart
Putting back the all pieces
Of a broken heart
He can feel it in the wind
Clearing his sight
Like a Multitude of Angels
Heal his soul tonight…








And as the concrete edifice
Rise in front of him
The sweet smell of the city,
Calls and draws him in
She takes his hand,
She leads him down to feed
The devil in him tonight
Is this some kind of sanctuary
That he hopes to find

But on the radio tonight
The music fills his heart
Putting back the all pieces
Of a broken Heart
He can feel it in the wind
Clearing his sight
Like a Multitude of Angels
Heal his soul tonight…

But now at the crossroads,
Which way does he turn
But now with hind sight
He has so much left to learn
But the constant change,
The rising fear, no tears left to cry
So confused with nowhere to turn,
Just leave me here to die.


But on the radio tonight
The music fills his heart
Putting back the all pieces
Of a broken Heart
He can feel it in the wind
Clearing his sight
Like a Multitude of Angels
Heal his soul tonight…
Track Name: In The Shadows
Don’t hang up the phone
You shouldn’t be alone
To face the demons of your night
You clench your fists oh so tight
They never leave you alone
I guess you’ve never known
The reason for your fright
Why they come every night


To touch you mothers face
Now you feel so safe
But you know it won’t be long
But you drift away with the song
But in the dead of the night
Through the fading light
Did you see his face?
Is it fear that you taste

They want to see you cry.
Oooooh and kiss your soul good bye.
But in the fading light, a fleeting sight,
Feel the fear in your heart ignite, run away oh run away

But now the years fly by
And your fear subsides
An irrational fear back in the day
But it just won’t go away
Was it something real?
To touch and to feel
But it never really revealed
All the darkness it concealed

They want to see you cry.
Oooooh and kiss your soul good bye.
But in the fading light, a fleeting sight,
Feel the fear in your heart ignite, run away oh run away
Oooooh they want to see you cry.
Oooooh and kiss your soul good bye.
But in the fading light, a fleeting sight,
Feel the fear in your heart ignite, run away oh run away
Run away oh run away






So Silent here, don’t make a sound
As your thoughts go round and around
But was it all in your head
Remember all the things they said
Eyes in the night that can’t be seen
Faces in the darkest dream
Twisted limbs, contorted face...
Just another kiss and chase………………….

When you finally lost your head
They strapped you to the leather bed
Wires protruding from your skull
flick of the switch and a lever pull.
The surging bolts burn your skin
It won’t hurt what lies within
just a smile a knowing smile
It will be back in a while
He knows that you are nearly his
Ready with the final kiss
Another soul taken down
In the shadows now you drown
Feel the life leave your heart
Now you’re are back at the start
The mist clears in front of you
Now there’s nothing more that you can do

So put the fear a side
And feel your fear subside
Feel the calm flow through
Feel it flow all over you
The warmth embraces your soul
Retrieve the life he stole
But it won’t be very long
Until goes all very wrong

They want to see you cry.
Oooooh and kiss your soul good bye.
But in the fading light, a fleeting sight,
Feel the fear in your heart ignite, run away oh run away
Oooohhhhh They want to see you cry.
Oooooh and kiss your soul good bye.
But in the fading light, a fleeting sight,
Feel the fear in your heart ignite run, away oh run away (rpt)
Track Name: Behind The Silence
She slipped out the door late last night
No one said a word,
To walk the streets of this cold city
Her prison for all these years

When Sunny came it nearly killed her
Too young to take it all in
Her mother screamed derision
Father knew not where to begin

But there’s something calling her homeward
Through this council monolith
She remembers his burning eyes
Their very, very first Kiss

But the battle rages on now
To scared to run away
Her head hurts with the screaming
Every night and every day
But now behind the silence
She can hardly say a word
The clock races onwards
Her life deferred,


She walks past the old Cortina
Curses his name under her breath
She ain’t seen him for weeks now
Is this it, I guess.

And as the rain falls around the bus stop
She see’s things so clearly now
How could she ever forsake him
How could she leave him now






But the battle rages on now
Too scared to run away
Her head hurts with the screaming
Every night and every day
But now behind the silence
She can hardly say word
The clock races onwards
Her life deferred,


Past the rusted park to her front door
She’s slips in side with out a word
Climbs the stairs just to see him
A bundle of joy, all hers.


But the battle rages on now
To scared to run away
Her head hurts with the screaming
Every night and every day
But now behind the silence
She can hardly say word
The clock races on wards
Her life deferred,
Track Name: The Spark
Peace in our time
Is what they say
And what we all believed
Never finished the rhyme
The chapter or verse
The truth was never retrieved

Eyes in the dark
Will never see
Through the misty haze
Wait for the spark
To light the way
To bring the light of day

I see your Face
The painful truth
The Ice inside your heart
But to give up the race
To fall down now
We could never restart

I see the signs
The clues the truth
We need to pass the test
But which would you choose
Which door, which path
You can’t afford to loose

We are contemplating
The consequences of our heart
The actions we are defending
But they will tear us apart
Tear us apart…(rpt)

I can hear it in the distance
Something happening tonight
Seems to lower our resistance
At last we rise to the fight
The cards are on the table
At last we seen the light
We are willing, we are able
To hold back the night

The Love in your eyes
Sparks the fires
The flames ignite the Sun
Burning their lies
Spilling their blood
We could never run





Holding your hand
Touching your soul
Yes we passed the test
Touching the sand
The Story told
Now we sleep to rest

We are contemplating
The consequences of our heart
The actions we are defending
But they will tear us apart
Tear us apart…(rpt)

I can hear it in the distance
Something happening tonight
Seems to lower our resistance
At last we rise to the fight
The cards are on the table
At last we seen the light
We are willing, we are able
To hold back the night

The fires have died
The sun will rise
And kiss the golden sand
We severed the ties
We broke the chains
Now were free to run

Raise up your arms
Hail the king
Yes we passed the test
Burning their bones
The bells they ring
Our lives we now posses

We are contemplating
The consequences of out heart
The actions we are defending
But they will tear us apart
Tear us apart…(rpt)

I can hear it in the distance
Something happening tonight
Seems to lower our resistance
At last we rise to the fight
The cards are on the table
At last we seen the light
We are willing, we are able
To hold back the night

Solo

Peace in our time
Is what they say
And what we all believed
Never finished the rhyme
The chapter or verse
The truth was never retrieved

Eyes in the dark
Will never see
Through the misty haze
Wait for the spark (rpt)
Track Name: ICU
I see you
Your eyes are changing from deep black to blue
You see me
My is fear rising, a fear of what I can’t see
This crazy time
I can’t reach the crazy heights you need
I guess It’s now
I’m falling like a stone to the ground

Crucified
I’m Left out in the cold and pouring rain
Mystified
All your words they rattle through my brain
Scream so loud
I can feel the blood drain from my face
From my face, from my face.

Fate is fate
Pick me up when I fall from grace
When you go
Sing for me, sing for me

Not to proud
To beg forgiveness, but there’s nothing left to say
Scream so loud
Push through the darkness to the light of day
Fight fire with fire
That burns my skin and reaches to my soul
To my soul, to my soul

Fate is fate
Pick me up when I fall from Grace
When you go
Sing for me, sing for me

Fate is fate
Pick me up when I fall from Grace
When you go
Sing for me, sing for me

What you say and what you give
Is something different I can’t live
With this indifference, with this pain
This whole thing has gone insane
So break the voodoo, break the spell
Break the silence, this living hell
But in the corner of my mind
Something peaceful I can find

Fate is fate
Pick me up when I fall from grace
When you go
Sing for me, sing for me

Fate is fate
Pick me up when I fall from Grace
When you go
Sing for me, sing for me.