Feed The Flames (FTF) is a Heavy Metal band based in Georgetown, Guyana. Formed in 2008, the group consists of vocalist Gavin Persaud, guitarists Gavin Singh and Emilio Martins, bassist Gavin Mendonca and drummer Nicholas Chung. The band is considered to be a significant member of the Heavy Metal Movement in Guyana, which started in the late 80’s.
Since their formation, FTF has released a 3 song EP and have successfully launched their debut album, ‘Kyk-Over-Al’, at the 3rd annual edition of Skyy Rock Festival in Trinidad, April 2017. The band has performed at numerous underground Heavy Metal events in Guyana, and many prestigious events for the National public’s eye. In 2013, they performed for the first time outside of Guyana in Suriname with Surinamese band Morrighon.
FTF follows the trend of the “New Wave of Heavy Metal” marrying European guitar riffing and throaty vocals, with aggressive drumming and heavy bass. There is a heavy influence of Classic Rock, Thrash Metal and Punk Rock, with influence coming from bands like Led Zeppelin, The Ramones, Megadeth, Nirvana and Lamb Of God.
In Guyana, FTF has set a new standard for live performances in the Rock Scene, which is still very small and underground. Here in Guyana, the general public is not very accepting towards Rock Music, mostly because they do not understand it, and there is a saturation of American Pop and Jamaican Dancehall type Music. Despite this challenge, FTF continues to progress as a Heavy Metal band. Over the past few months, FTF has been stepping out of the underground shadows, and performing at more public events, most recently at the National Stadium for the “Next Generation Concert”, part of the Golden Jubilee Concert Series. It was the largest audience the band has every played for, with approximately 1000 people in attendance. The band received a roaring applause for reciting a rock version of Guyana’s National Anthem. The band performed in Trinidad for the first time in July 2016, supporting the band LYNCHPiN who represented the Caribbean for the first time at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany in August.
Feed The Flames aims to take Guyanese Heavy Metal across the globe, and to prove to Guyana that young people can have dreams, pursue them, and accomplish them, even in the face of extreme adversity.