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Walk Through Fire : Furthest From Heaven

Walk Through Fire play classy Post-Rockish Sludge Doom.

Walk Through Fire self-released their first production in 2008 which was certainly enough to attract the attention of a few labels ready to sign the band’s debut. The duty then fell to Aesthetic Death, home to some legendary names of the extreme Doom scene, be it Wijlen Wij, The Null Collective or the great French band Eibon, whose slugdy moods are not that distinct from Walk Through Fire’s overall sound, although the Frenchies are more influenced by Black Metal/Death Metal, whereas the Goteborg-based Swedish band resorts to the atmospheric virtues of 'Post- Rock'. If you think the quotation marks are superfluous, think again. With everything labeled Post-Rock nowadays from Metal-ish Explosions in the Sky to Folk-ish Hrsta, let’s just say that Walk Through Fire have more affinities with the sound of the former.

You should indeed be expecting some kind of classy Sludge, rather than the Toadliquor/Eyehategod kind of raw Sludge. It is to some extent reminiscent of bands like Fleshpress or Abandon, except for the more atmospheric/Post-Rock parts which could be drawn from bands like Russian Circles or Minsk. Such parts actually tinge the music with the despair that one expects from Sludge, but bring also some tragic beauty which the genre often lacks and that we’ve rather grown to get from outfits like Asunder or Mournful Congregation that do develop such splendid and yet desolate sonic landscapes.

'Furthest From Heaven' features four songs of this very special blend, topped with the desolate vocals typical of Sludge, that are neither 'Hardcore' nor 'Death Metal'. Besides ‘The Dying Sun', which closes under the 4 minutes marks, the three remaining songs are well over 10 minutes and do develop the aforementioned sceneries, taking their own 'sweet' time. You’ll soon learn to appreciate the material of this album because of the quite atypical guitar sound that brings some kind of fresh air in an otherwise very dark music, and the general catchy tone of the compositions.

My only concern would certainly be the lack of variation that sets in throughout the 40 minutes of music. As bleak as the music can get, and I understand that repetitiveness is a key to build these atmospheres, the four songs following almost the exact same template kind of drag down the replay value of this record. Nonetheless, it still remains a very solid album, whose unusual sound, melancholic and 'brutal' at the same time, will please the fans of Neurosis-like-bands (surely a band that serves as standard on the matter) and any aficionados of sludgy tempestuous music.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Furthest From Heaven
2. Through Me They Bleed
3. The Dying Sun
4. The Dead Sun

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

Visit the Walk Through Fire bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-08-16 by Frédéric Cerfvol
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