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Emerging from a decade-long hiatus, Five Iron Frenzy show new lyrical maturity and musical sleekness on Engine of a Million Pieces. The ska-rooted sounds and zany attitude that defined this Christian unit in years past are mostly absent here, though the band’s assertive horn arrangements continue to give their ensemble playing a distinct feel. Frontman Reece Roper gets more serious in his song themes while retaining his brash sense of showmanship. Tracks like “I Am Jack’s Smirking Revenge” and “Into Your Veins” tear into the topics of materialism and addiction with a punkish gusto any longtime FIF devotee will enjoy. “Zen & the Art of Xenophobia” attacks bigotry with a stinging satiric edge, while “Battle Dancing Unicorns (With Glitter)” gives a taste of the cheeky weirdness that used to be the band’s trademark. Musically, the emphasis here is on punchy rhythms and keen pop hooks, delivered with galloping new wavy energy on “So Far,” “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night," and similar hard-driving tunes. Overall, the album displays creative growth while renewing FIF’s commitment to thought-provoking, body-grabbing tunes, always with the Spirit in mind.

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Obligatory Pre-Album Release Positive Review

Have I heard this album? No, not yet.

Is Five Iron one of the greatest bands of all time? Of course.

Will this album melt your face? Like butter.

Should you buy this album? Yes, and then pee your pants with glee.

Their Most Mature Album Ever!

FIF broke up when I was eleven years old. As an adult, this is the album I’d been waiting for this entire time. Sure, it’s louder and more alt rock than ska, but they’d been trending toward that anyway pre-breakup. They retain their distinct energy and goodness gracious will the lyrics hit you in the gut. It could be because I couldn’t understand exactly what Reese was saying as a kid (both literally and figuratively), but the content of each song seems deeper and more probing than ever before. I’m almost glad for the hiatus (okay…maybe not) so I could grow and comprehend exactly how FIF influenced my childhood the person I grew into.

I don’t know if my child self would love this album as much as I do now. It could make me cry tears of happiness now regardless.


This album is gonna be horrible! YES!


Formed: 1995 in Denver, CO

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Five Iron Frenzy were one of the seemingly thousands of ska-punk bands that dominated the post-grunge mainstream modern-rock scene of the late '90s. The group -- comprised of Reese Roper (vocals), Micah Ortega (guitar), Scott Kerr (guitar, backing vocals), Keith Hoerig (bass), Andrew Verdecchio (drums), Dannis Culp (trombone, backing vocals), Leanor "Jeff" Ortega (saxophone) and Nathanel "Brad" Dunham (trumpet) -- formed in Denver during the mid-'90s. After a few years of constant gigging, the band...
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