Genre: Progressive/Psychedelic Sludge Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Season of Mist
Year: 2015

It’s been almost three months since I wrote this review… It must have been more than three, now I think about it… I felt something was going wrong, so we didn’t publish it in the end of 2015. Now, almost half a year later, deferred like nothing else, I feel the responsibility to ultimately publish this review as a minimum homage to a band that has just completed its circle of life. Fifteen years of innovations, artistic unrest and overflowing creations are sealed off with “Exhausting Fire”; it being a weird swan song. Of course none of us could foresee this chain of events when the record was actually released, so it’s only logical for it to sound weird as a career closure material. It’s the seventh album in a 10 years discography, with it being the most diverse album of the band’s career. Indeed there are times when you think you listen to two different bands, since now the pop elements dominate the tracks most of the times, while the sludge sound is increasingly dismissed in the back. Of course the final result doesn’t spoil our appetite, since it is inspired and of balanced atmosphere. I said “inspired” so I guess I should mention some of the band’s influences: Pixies, Godflesh, Killing Joke, space rock and psychedelia. Even though the sludge elements and the metal sound seem to be dismissed, the sequential changes in speed and rhythms on drums, the continuous replacement of singers that beyond the obvious difference of sex, they have a wide variety in the range and style they interpret, the soundscapes created by the guitars and the aura of the music are beyond thought disarming. It’s a record that can travel you to other spaces, an album that can constantly accompany you… Give in fearlessly.

5/6