A Journey to the 4 corners of the Firmament with Firmam3mt
Whoa, that’s what I found myself saying after listening to this Quartet of instrumentalists from Madrid known as Firmam3nt and their “Self Titled” Debut Album. In just 4 songs ‘North,’ ‘East’, ‘West’, and ‘South’ I felt as if I had traveled the globe. I don’t know if travel is the theme of the band’s album but with the four cardinal directions as the name to their songs and it’s big sweeping sound that creates an auditory Panorama, it seems like the theme fits.
Unlike some bands that concentrate on lead guitar and vocals it seems to me Firmam3nt is a band that takes a different approach to their craft. As all quality instrumentalists, the band approaches their music from another angle by trading off leads between the drums, bass, and guitars with amazing affect. My favorite is ‘West’ which seems to use the Bass as the foundation of the song. While you can get this album on Bandcamp at “Name Your Price,” I would encourage you to pay for the download or buy their CD at €8 or more because these guys are tight. Highly Recommended!!
Season of Mist – Release Date: February 24th, 2017
Presented as a meticulously honed movement of ripping riffs, rib-cage rattling groove, intricate solo progressions and a sludge/doom vocal line sprayed out with pure punk bluster, this Welsh four-piece offers their sophomore release containing nine tracks of some of the most ferocious time shifts twisting around the hammering double six-string assault that rides the writhing body of the bottom end to the soulful wails that captivates you to savor each second in anticipation of the next. From the first second of opener ‘Fortune Favors The Insane’ to the cymbal fade at the end, the tone is set, the bar has been raised and there is zero doubt the guys in HARK are not fucking around. ‘Disinigrate’ is full on, heart-ripping-from your-chest heavy for the whole 6-minutes plus, followed by ‘Nine Fates’ that comes at you with a slower progression that is almost misleading as the speed-shift exactly one minute in takes you by the collar and forces you to run to keep up before the screaming solo leads into the verse of this runaway train. ‘Speak In Tongues’ wastes no time using the utmost jazz tinged time-sig’s that would make even LARS ULRICH nervous, creating the heaviest staggered timeline I have heard in ages and not a beat is dropped or lost beginning to end while the brutality is kept intact, even as twisted keyboards seem to weave in and out of the screaming solo sections; truly an amazing feat with this one keeping that timeline smooth as glass.
‘Transmutation’ is more to the point rock-n-roll right on time and there is no stopping the head-banging along while you grind right along with, as does ‘Son Of Pythagoras’ showing HARK flexing the might they have brought forth with this record.
The last three tracks, to my ears, seemingly tie together as an opus in and of itself and I have a feeling if ‘Premonitions,’ ‘Comnixant 3-0’ and ‘The Purge’ are included in the live set, they are presented in this order. Pulling out all stops and utilizing everything they showed in each previous track is brought to the table here with the galloping drums sporting more of those fills from hell to the-thunder-on-the-under to those insanely swirling guitar lines that envelop each lyric in the perfect vessel.
When asked to describe their ethos, the answer given was:
“Fingers to the bone. That has been one of our motto since HARK’s inception, and it carried us through to the recording studio. We push ourselves in all kinds of ways, and that commitment resonates throughout.” As this release shows, in every way imaginable, THIS is how you ‘do it’… they will be touring Europe this Spring, support them if they come to your area and GET THIS RECORD the second you can!!