The Fervor, "Arise, Great Warrior"
With its combination of mysterious yet timeless lyrics and brooding arrangements, Arise, Great Warrior is a poignant and gripping ride from start to finish.
The first words on the record uttered by frontwoman Natalie Felker are “Arise, great warrior / inside you’re a destroyer / by the time we see the sun / you’re already on the run.”
Delivered in her husky voice with its distinct and seductive tone, she paints a mystical, dreamlike picture. Alongside Natalie’s radiant vocals and shimmering keys, guitarist Ben Felker, bassist Michael Campbell and drummer Mat Herron create hypnotic atmospheres in each song that stomp and crash toward epic climaxes.
Arise was produced by Charles Gonzalez, who recorded with the band in San Francisco, where they experienced a rebirth of sorts. Rather than aiming for note-for-note perfection, the group strived to capture an enrapturing performance of each song. The Fervor then headed back to Louisville to mix the album with engineer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang).
By keeping the focus on the power of what the four band members can do together in a room, the result is an album fueled by an energy that feels potent and organic around every corner. All the exciting twists and turns build up to an ultimate catharsis as the haunting final notes of “Let’s Get Loaded” gently ring out.
“The band is in charge, just not in a hurry.” —Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal
“A mesmerizing and emotive sound that creeps and builds like a gathering storm.” —Mike Breen, Cincinnati CityBeat
“At the end of the road, this album is paved with pleasant melodies and well-executed contrasts that arise from marriage of piano and guitar. Mindful listeners who are daring enough to scratch the surface will be rewarded by the murkier lyrical undertones that accompany the band’s true indie craftsmanship.” —Andy McNeil, Blow The Scene
“It all feels so natural and peaceful … a necessary part of life, new born and floating freely in the cosmos forever now.” —Jim James, My Morning Jacket
“It recalls, though in no way musically, the heft of an album like Roxy Music’s Avalon where mood and presence thickly drip from the album tracks.” —Brian Tucker, Deckfight
“Natalie Felker is an indie rock Karen Carpenter.” —No Depression
“Arise, Great Warrior is an excellent album that somehow manages to channel delicate introspective pop, epic arena-rock gestures and rollicking swagger into a singular statement both grandiose and earnest.” —Kyle Melton, The Buddha Den
“There is a defined sound, not a formula, in The Fervor’s weaponry.” —Sloucher Zine, UK