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Does the world really need another anthology revolving around one of the many Rob Halford projects? I mean after being flooded with Judas Priest compilations and that “Metal God Essentials: Volume 1” from his solo band, it became a bit redundant seeing the god’s name tattooed on countless cases, but yet ANOTHER best-of is available under the moniker of the quasi-crossover squad named Fight. For a short biography, Fight was formed in 1993 after Halford left Judas Priest, and the whole stint in which he fronted this group lasted until 1996 when it was beheaded by his other musical interests. So in retrospective, Fight’s finale entitled “K5: The War of Words Demos” boasts a cluster of rare demos, which is cool, yet only to small degrees. Why you ask? Well, for many reasons, including general vagueness, Fight’s lame formula, and shady attributes that represents their debut more than anything.
Perhaps Fight found their identity with a familiar name; if not that, it must have been a very weak writing style they used for each anthem they ever conjured. These demos share such a trait as each number demonstrates a single instrumental pattern for sixteen tracks: one beefy thrash riff, one percussion texture, predictable vocal patterns, and Halford yelling the tune’s title at the chorus. Sure it work for a few instances, but it ain’t very fun hearing easy stuff like this over and over again; not quite what I was expecting, honestly. Halford sounds fantastic as usual, yet all that magic only seems a bit replenishing when added in with sixteen musical designs for sixteen songs, which really nails this release in a very sensitive area.
Now it’s quite painful enduring such blank instrumentation, yet there lies another spy in a house of top-ranking government officials: the definite validity of these demos. For example, you’ll obviously notice how clean and crisp the overall production is, as there isn’t any dirty or raw audio features in sight; it’s probably been polished a bit, but you’re still unable to feel that filthy rareness found on other prototype tapes. If you weren’t spoofed by that, then prepare to find not a single difference between Fight’s first CD and this genetic clone that only looks different from its title and artwork. Everything is basically the same with minor exceptions, yet even those small outtakes don’t show what a heap like so should reflect; taking common slabs of material and calling it another entity seems a little aggravating, especially if you’re expecting something special. Nothing against “K5: The War of Words Demos,” but it’s rather trivial to release these demos and advertise it as some idolized collection because there’s hardly any differences between this and what their full-length debut has to offer.
Beside compiling sixteen Fight tunes into one huge disc, “K5: The War of Words Demos” really doesn’t do anything worthwhile; it’s just oodles and oodles of semi-bland demos that only truly benefit from Halford’s great voice. There’s always an epic tug-o-war battle disputing whether or not this concise band was a legacy or some momentary faction that had just one important member instead of five, but whatever the label, know their style was almost too simple to swallow. Fight’s cardboard formula might impress those that simply enjoy rocking out to a single chug, but anyone hunting metal that’s colorful or explorative will certainly find nothing of interest here.