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Fuel is a post-grunge band from Henderson, Tennessee.

The band's origins go all the way back to 1985 at Freed-Hardeman University. Carl Bell and Jody Abbott (Past keyboardist and drummer for the band). Singer and guitarist Brett Scallions joined Fuel when Bell and Jeff Abercrombie (the bassist) met him at a bar in Jackson, Tennessee. In the same year of 1993, vocalist and keyboardist Erik Avakian joined the band as they moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1995. They played at local Pennsylvania bars and nightclubs. In this time, the band was known as 'Small The Joy'. In 1994, they released their debut self-titled EP, and changed their name to 'Fuel'.

Their latest album, 'Puppet Strings' was released on March 4, 2014.
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FUEL Sunburn album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Heavy Alternative Rock 1998
FUEL Something Like Human album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Something Like Human
Heavy Alternative Rock 2000
FUEL Natural Selection album cover 3.67 | 2 ratings
Natural Selection
Heavy Alternative Rock 2003
FUEL Angels & Devils album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Angels & Devils
Heavy Alternative Rock 2007
FUEL Puppet Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Puppet Strings
Heavy Alternative Rock 2014

FUEL EPs & splits

FUEL Small the Joy (as Small the Joy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Small the Joy (as Small the Joy)
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
FUEL Fuel album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Alternative Rock 1994
FUEL Porcelain album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Heavy Alternative Rock 1996
FUEL Hazleton album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Heavy Alternative Rock 1998

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FUEL The Best Of Fuel album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Fuel
Heavy Alternative Rock 2005

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FUEL Sunburn

Album · 1998 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Any person with half a semi-rational head between their shoulders should be able to tell you in good conscience that alternative hard rock was the king of the 90's. In both sales and popularity, bands like Nickelback, Creed, and a plethora of others quite literally became millionaires in the span of only a few years. A large criticism of these groups was their indistinguishability from one another, as they all seemed to play the same brand of commercially friendly riffage and golf-ball-in-the-throat croons. Looking back, these criticisms were certainly well-justified, but it's also easier to tell apart the higher quality hard rock bands from others.

I believe that Tennessee-based Fuel is one of these higher quality groups. Their history stretches back to 1994 when they emerged as a post-grunge band under the name Small the Joy. After a name change that year, the band would go onto release a variety of DIY EPs. One EP in particular, titled Porcelain, featured the band's first breakout single 'Shimmer' (which remains the band's most popular song today), which more or less got the EP an unprecedented 5,000 copies sold. Record labels were quick to notice a potential profit, particularly Epic Records who swooped up a record deal with them as soon as possible. Two years and one more EP later the band would find themselves presented with a major-label debut, one they called Sunburn.

Aside from being enormously popular, going platinum in only two years, Sunburn is still the crowning achievement of the band. Showcasing some of Fuel's most fun-loving endeavors, the overall quality of the album remains still enjoyable even after almost two decades. This is less due to really the skill of the band members and more to the fact that the songs they play are catchy as all hell. This factor can be a bit obtuse if you're extremely critically minded, and I'd hate to employ a "turn your brain off" methodology to enjoy this album, but I believe to a certain extent it is required. It should be a given though that that makes this album isn't exactly formidable or even sophisticated, but I don't believe that really was Fuel's intention. If it's a mission to rock, then I can't really fault them because they do numerous times. In particular, 'Ozone', grooves with the ferocity of a swagger-filled city slicker, as well as 'Jesus or a Gun' being more along the grunge of the Foo Fighters. The tracks, while being crunching, fast-paced and aggressive, don't exactly stick out too much from one another, other than the aforementioned two, but it really adds to the easy-on-the-ears experience if you're planning on listening to the album in one go.

If you're a stiff-lipped music critic who has no intention of letting loose with some undeniably low-brow music, let me be clear that Fuel's work or at least this one is not for you. Even I'm still sort of on the fence about it, even after all these years. All in all though if you are looking for a flash-fire of enjoyment, then Fuel's Sunburn delivers it like a one-two-punch.

FUEL Natural Selection

Album · 2003 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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Out of all the hard rock bands I listen to, there's something about Fuel that makes me like them so much. Even though other HR bands that I know, such as Theory of a Deadman and Nickelback, Fuel takes the top spot as my favorite of them all. Which is saying alot, seeing as Theory was a band that I have known all my life.

I think a great example of Fuel's expertise is in their 2003 album, "Natural Selection".

As apposed to other Fuel albums, "Natural Selection" has a distinct metal tinge to it. A good example is my favorite song, 'Won't Back Down'.

'Won't Back Down' actually originated from the Daredevil film-score from 2003, however it was remixed and added to their album released in the same year. It was already a single from the motion picture, however got higher success upon the release of "Natural Selection". This song sort of brings out the difference of Fuel that I mentioned before. Unlike the other, slightly weaker song, 'WBD' has dark tones, great vocals, and awesome composition. Great recommendation for anyone wanting to listen to the album.

Other tracks, as stated before, are a little weaker, but honestly not by much. As apposed to the modern style of rock that alot of bands had and still possess today, this has a much darker feel to it than say Theory of a Deadman's "The Truth Is...".

The album is able to retain a symphonic yet overall crashing hard feel to it, and it really shows.

Overall, this album is a no brainer for any Fuel fan, and a definite purchase for anyone wishing to get into the band.

Go give it a listen.

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