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Faces Of Bayon : Heart Of The Fire

Any fan of Stoner Doom Metal should pick up this first album of Faces Of Bayon and blast it.

Faces Of Bayon’s debut album is a great sonic assault on the eardrums from beginning to end. It has songs that lighten it up for brief periods with songs that will crush your thought process to the point of complete amazement at the heaviness. The way the songs slowly but very heavily trudge along is very much enjoyable. With the singer/guitarist coming from Warhorse, it almost surpasses Warhorse at least in my opinion. This trio has come out with a strong debut album, almost as strong as Electric Wizard’s self titled debut, so heavy and pychedelic.

When I realised that this band came from the ashes of Warhorse, I was a little skeptical for I listened to the ’I Am Dying’ 7 inch, and i didn’t really care for it that much. However, from the opening anguish sounding feedback in the first track ‘Brimstoned,’ I knew this was something special. Each track is really well done, although I personally do not enjoy the lighter tracks (‘Godmaker’ and ‘The Fire Burns At Dawn’) but it resorts to an effect that has been used since the days of Black Sabbath: lighter tracks make the heavier songs seem heavier. But please do not get the wrong idea, by the term ‘lighter’, I do not mean 'happy’. The soft tracks are very dark and gloomy.

My personal favourite song on the album is 'The Original Sin’, a 13 minute epic that starts off slow with a very psychedelic sound but goes so heavy that I literally sat here with my jaw on the floor. The guttural vocals cut through you like a knife. The production of the record, which is very well thought-out, is done cleanly, but not too clean. It’s raw but not as raw as you would listening to a demo. Which is, in my opinion, the perfect balance in recording a great album, not slickly polished.

Any fan of Stoner Doom Metal like Electric Wizard should definitely pick this up and blast it. My only complaints are due to some of the parts dragging on, and also the lighter tracks are kind of not interesting. But all in all I am definitely a fan of this band.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Brimstoned
2. Etheriality
3. Godmaker
4. The Original Sin
5. Where The Golden Road Ends
6. The Fire Burns At Dawn

Duration : Approx. ?? minutes

Visit the Faces Of Bayon bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-06-18 by Andrew Miller
Aesthetic Death
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