Forged By Fire
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Forged By Fire

Salina, Kansas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2020 | SELF

Salina, Kansas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2020
Band Metal Hard Rock




"Forged By Fire’s “Satisfied” Direct, Relevant, and Timely"

Often finding an outlet through music, feeling fed up with politics and politicians in general is a common sentiment. Taking a view that either side of the aisle seems detestable does not necessarily equate to being apolitical. Accepting the lesser of however many evils, figuratively speaking, is not always an option. The song and video for “Satisfied,” from Forged By Fire, fits this description and more.

About the music

Watching the accompanying 5:03 lyric video for “Satisfied” is a good way of getting into the narrative and Forged By Fire’s music. Right away, on the sonic side, an amped up guitar and recording production stand out as bold and professional. Listen to the mix crank through the left speaker, then the right. Leads and solos are clearly separate, yet comfortable and distinct within the first six seconds and throughout. When the Salina, Kansas-based band starts playing, donned with horror masks and gaiters, it is like the train has arrived at full speed. At :35 the vocals begin, elevating “Satisfied” to an even greater expression level. Further in, theForged By growling is quite effective. All aboard.


The band lineup for “Satisfied” is Phil Gonzales – drums; John Rieth – lead guitar; Jake Bell – bass; and Ethan Thompson – vocals.

Moving visual media

While Forged By Fire continues playing and singing at full force during the “Satisfied” video, lyrics appear over dramatic, typically factual and sometimes sardonic political scenes, interspersed with images of the band. A diversity of others helps deliver the idea. The imagery is mostly realistic and stylization minimal. Considering recent events and headlines, the discontent expressed by Forged By Fire is beyond accurate. “Satisfied” speaks to what is on many minds. The takeaway suggests finding a way of living together sooner than later.

The lyric video for “Satisfied” is Recorded at Bulletride Productions; mixed and mastered by Dustin Ridder. The video was filmed and is edited by Phil Gonzales, Forged Productions.


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Debut EP: Everything Breaks released 2020



Forged By Fire Bio

Forged By Fire hail from the heart of the Midwest, Salina Ks. Started in 2019 by John Reith and Phil Gonzales, the two got together through an online ad looking for a drummer. The two immediately realized that something just clicked between them. They got straight to writing and set out to put together the band that they wanted, heavy when needed but tempered with their melodic sensibilities. After auditioning a number of singers, what they were looking for finally walked in, Ethan Thompson. Eager and hungry Ethan’s vocals were powerful and heavy. Able to transition between soaring melodies and guttural growls in the same breath. All that was missing was the low end to help hold down the rhythm. After trying people that just didn’t fit Phil decided to tap an old friend, and former band mate Jake Bell. Already well versed in each other’s playing style, Phil and Jake were already in sync and all the pieces fit perfectly. With a solid lineup they set about writing what would become their debut EP, Everything Breaks. 2020 saw their live debut, with their show instantly turning heads. However after a short run of shows and being asked to open for the mighty Hemlock, in rolled Covid-19 and out rolled all planned performances for 2020. The group decided to continue writing and polishing songs. With enough material that spoke to them the way they wanted, they headed into the studio to unleash their pent up energy. The result is an album that checks all the boxes. Heavy and melodic with hints of many influences. Everything Breaks has something for the metal fans and the fans of more radio friendly hard rock. Balancing the two with a reverence for the music that they are fans of. 

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