What makes I Ignite's EP "Rise and Define" (Livid City) work so well is the way the sweet tone of Eddie Raccioppi's voice balances out the hard-core rage the rest of the Selden band pumps out.
On "Come to Life," the galloping drumming of James Miller and the thrashing guitars of Stefen Milana and Corey Grucci, as well as the gang vocals, make the song interesting, but it's Raccioppi's distinctive vocals that keep it on track. "Burn Your Memory" is catchy enough for active rock radio, thanks to the bounding rhythm section of Miller and bassist Joe Meyer.
Whether they stick with that direction or go with the more straightforward rock of "Still Right Here," I Ignite should have a promising future.
I Ignite plays Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville, 631-264-7712, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10.
"Rise and Define"
THE GRADE B+
BOTTOM LINE Balancing the punishing and the pop