There's lots to like about I Fight Dragons. They're always looking to do something new musically with every record. They genuinely care from release to release about making the people that support their music happy. There's not a disconnect between fan and musician with I Fight Dragons, both sides are 100% in. With the band's third record they used that to their advantage and crowd-funded the album with patreon and operated at their own pace while making it. The result? A 90's pop/rock-inspired outing called Canon Eyes.
With Canon Eyes, I Fight Dragons frontman Brian Mazzaferri and his crew put together a loosely-themed album filled with great songs. The 90's inspired songs mesh well together with I Fight Dragons trademarked chiptuned sound. They're not using that chiptuning as prevelant as they've done in the past. Instead, the music lets Mazzaferri's vocal pilot the melody substantially more on this record. It's a new method of doing things for the Chicago band, and they put it together really well. The chiptuning takes a back seat to vocals, but it also lets the band's guitarists take more of a lead in their sound too. There's lots of big, heavy guitars on this record.
All of the instrumentation and production is great on Canon Eyes, but the best part of the album are the songs themselves. By putting out a record that's inspired by that era of music while having a very tongue-in-cheek way of writing lyrics and hooks, Mazaferri put together a set of songs that's pretty damn incredible. There's nobody that really puts out music with melodies like this any more. There's not a weak song among the twelve songs on this record. It's all good.
I Fight Dragons latest release Canon Eyes is instantly an Alternative Addiction essential and an album that any fan of great music should listen to.