Firelord seems like a name more than recognisable but truth is the band’s new EP Hammer Of Chaos is for us our first encounter with the Italian trio, and a long overdue meeting it is too. Fusing stoner-esque hues in rousing metal and heavy rock aggression, or as the band tags it, Doom ‘n’ Roll; the five track inferno of rock ‘n‘ roll is one of those propositions which energises body and emotions with ease.
The Turin hailing trio emerged in 2007 from the ashes of doom metal project named Saint Judas, which was also founded by Firelord vocalist/guitarist Mario E. Bussini. Initially a quartet with the addition of Beppe Tozza, Daniele Biffaro, and Giulio Buscaglione, the band drew on inspirations from the likes of Black Sabbath, Count Raven, Gates of Slumber, Earthride, and Saint Vitus as they developed their own sound. Line-up changes came with the subsequent years before some stability brought the release of the band’s debut EP, The Burning. Another shuffle happened before their well-received first album Among The Snakes was uncaged in 2013 whilst current line-up of bassist Alessandro Ferrari alongside Bussini and drummer Buscaglione, was in place earlier this year and is the creative force behind the thickly enjoyable Hammer Of Chaos.
The EP opens up with A Good Way to Die, instantly smothering ears in a tirade of riffs as Ramones like as they are heavy rock bred. Against them the beats of Buscaglione resonate with every swing as Bussini brings his sandy roar to the mix alongside the punk scented prowling of Ferrari’s bass; all essences weaving their raw prowess into a blend of ravenous southern toned stoner and sludge thick rock ‘n’ roll. It is gripping stuff, not necessarily boundary worrying but with addictive grooves and fire spewing hooks, the song feeds all wants and needs from a slab of heavy rock.
The following Dancing on Your Grave is the same, originality maybe one of the more slimmer aspects but with fierce ear entwining grooves, hungry riffery, and rhythms that border on bestial, the song stomps along with irresistible attitude and an incendiary presence easily and swiftly recruiting full attention and involvement. At times the song, as the EP, has a feel of French rockers Face Down to it as well as some of those influences earlier mentioned, but all are spices adding to the highly agreeable devilry confronting and pleasing ears.
Devil’s Wonderland comes next with its own bruising intensity and tenacious tempest of forceful riffs and rampant rhythms amidst a trespass of dirty grooves. It is only possible to get involved with and hungrier for the band’s sound especially once confronted by the EP’s title track and its apocalyptic suggestiveness which leads to a gloriously hellacious maelstrom of intoxicating temptation in sound and ideation. Buscaglione crafts a persistently shifting torrent of rhythms, their stampede or more deliberate stalking each unpredictable involvements for ears and as anthemic as anything within the tremendous incitement. They are certainly matched by the searing flames of guitar and cantankerous bait of the bass too whilst vocally Bussini is an alluring wind of expression and matching incitement.
The track is an outstanding and increasingly inventive and galvanic encounter which would be a mighty end to any release, though Hammer of Chaos, song and EP allows that task to fall to a great cover of the SloBurn track Pilot of the Dune, Firelord turning it dirtier and punkish with resourceful zeal and strongly engaging enterprise.
For personal tastes, the name Firelord does not particularly entice but as we found the band’s music certainly leaves nothing on the table of persuasion as it takes ears and emotions on a thoroughly pungent and thrilling rock ‘n’ roll escapade.
Hammer Of Chaos is out now on CD through Sliptrick Records and digitally at https://firelordoom.bandcamp.com
Pete RingMaster 28/10/2015
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