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Eyes Wide Open EP
Released: 2015, Self Released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
With a line-up comprising former members of The Haunted and Hatesphere, IAmFire’s first official release isn’t what you’d expect. Bass heavy, psychedelic and grooving like Sleep and Kyuss jamming in the middle of the desert, it’s a significant step away from the thrashier output of their former bands. It’s also a pretty impressive start and while it only features two songs, ‘Eyes Wide Open’ is a juicy taster before they get round to recording a full album.
The main feature is the title track, a bleary eyed seven and a half minute ramble through a shack filled with pot smoke. Peter Dolving sings like a man who just took a bong hit from Zakk Wylde and the reverberating guitar riffs are so down tuned you can almost feel the very earth pulsing beneath you. It’s a bit like lying blind drunk in a Saigon hotel, staring at a ceiling fan and trying not to think of helicopters while fighting off panic attacks and it rules.
‘Burn Your Halo Red’ meanwhile isn’t as lengthy or as impressive, but it’s still a meaty chunk of prime stoner rock. It doesn’t have the instant wow factor, but it’s exciting enough and should see them slotting into the Roadburn festival roster without any trouble at all.
Anyone looking for the circle pit inducing carnage of their earlier work therefore might come away feeling let down, but this would be a fine musical accompaniment to a dinner of pasties and real ale. It’s not an essential purchase, but these veteran musicians have got their new project off the ground admirably.
Review by Tim Bolitho-Jones
1. Eyes Wide Open
2. Burn Your Halo Red
Peter Dolving – Vocals
Mikael Ehlert – Bass
Ulf Scott Hansen – Drums
Peter Ahlers Olsen - Guitars
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