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'All Sights Affixed, Ablaze'
(Self release)

jools green

Jools Green

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Debut full length 'All Sights Affixed, Ablaze' from Canadian quartet Idol Of Fear' is one more in an increasing list of albums from Canadian bands that continue to amaze and surprise me with their uniqueness of sound and approach to Metal.

Their name comes from a quote from Ingmar Bergman's 1957 movie 'Det Sjunde Inseglet '(The Seventh Seal); "We must make an idol of our fear and that idol we shall call God."

Their sound will certainly have appeal to anyone who likes bands such as Shining, Craft, The Chasm, Ascension or Nachtmystium but don't expect that to mean that they sound like a carbon copy, far from it. This is extreme experimental Metal Canadian style; it sits menacingly across the chasm between death and black reinforced by its own innovative edge.

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It's dark and dynamic with a good balance between melody and aggression, the vocals are harsh and scathingly raw yet clearly definable but the unique edge for me is the high melody that has a skilled off kilter edge and it's the combination between these two that gives this album appeal by the truckload an aspect that runs the entirety of the release.

The album, which is an eight track offering, spanning just over forty-five minutes, follows a demo in 2013 which featured versions of three of the tracks on this release; the opening track, the excellent, haunting and heavily discordant 'Vanquish', 'It Demands' the shortest track, which is a little different from the rest with a slow moody opener and a chugging haunting groove, one of my favourites and the final track the instrumental the aptly titled 'Carrion', which encompasses the bare bones of the band's sound, it's fundamental essence.

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The remaining tracks continue with the mid tempo 'Morningstar' with its heavy groove and sublime haunting drop-away midway, the pace and intensity building gradually back up towards the close with the return on the vocals, 'Circle Of Vortices', another with a haunting midway segment overlaid, at this point, with softer ghostly vocals.

The album title track, 'All Sights Affixed, Ablaze', is another one of my favourites of the release; it has an addictively chugging groove and high profile discordant guitar segments, mood and direction changing midway to a more intense blackened one, becoming softer but more bleak to the close.

'It Militates' has a great mix of militaristic beats and sharp discordant riffs and the longest track, 'It Tyrannizes', is superbly dark with a dirty groove, tortuous vocals and guitars that become more insane and off kilter towards the end.

'All Sights Affixed, Ablaze' is produced by Idol of Fear and Jeff Wardell, mixed by Jeff Wardell and was mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio.

I really like this album, you can hear subtle influences from other bands but Idol Of Fear are not afraid to take them, try something a little different and push the boundaries a bit. A fascinating listen and great first release.

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