This album seems actually like a continuation of Life is Not a Waiting Room, though doesn't capture the same intensity, sense of despair, and dark emotional quality. Contrary to other reviews, I absolutely warship "Life is Not A Waiting Room", and would be completely shocked if they could top it ever. So in a way, I view "The Fire" as a modest and dedicated attempt, a 2010 follow up cd to their 2008 disk, that refills by Senses Fail prescription.
I don't think I could say one completely negative comment about this CD, it's exactly what I expected out of Buddy. He wasn't too enthusiastic about going back to the studio after I listened to a few interviews he provided on the 2008/2009 tour. Though there was a two year gap, it makes sense to the quality of the album's content and sound.
This cd presents a different approach and a different vibe that it slightly more positive. Each track presents a theme of reflection and intervention of the detailed raw emotion and events that was presented on the 2008 Cd. The last track on the disk illustrates a need to breathe and let everything out, and continue on with the necessary evils of life: "everything I've done has made me numb, if i had just one wish it would be to let this out...so let go." The track SAFE HOUSE is an absolutely brilliant articulation of reviewing harsh realities in the past, present, and future; personal and in general. Buddy sings (Safe House): "I'm a number in a lottery/Life's a boardwalk game god rigged to cheat /As the snow falls all along the peaks/ My minds an avalanche I'm digging through to reach /All the things I've tried to shove down deep/ My minds an avalanche I'm digging through to reach"
I love this album, but I seriously can't give it four or five stars...more like 3.8. I recommend this cd only to fans who have heard all their CDs since Depths of Dreams because there are many reoccurring topics and themes within The Fire, that may seem unclear and out of place to a new listener.