Fire Down Below - Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint album review

Belgian stoners have trouble with their long-term memory

Cover art for Fire Down Below - Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint album

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

The cover for Fire Down Below’s debut album features a topless woman wearing the head of a woolly mammoth, the band’s logo in a 70s pastiche font and highly stylised clouds of smoke. Before you’ve even heard a note, it’s obvious that you’re deep in stoner territory – with all the benefits and drawbacks that brings. So although there are huge walls of wobbling, Kyuss-style guitars and some Class-A riffs, there are also meandering passages of prog-lite self-indulgence. As debut releases go, this packs in plenty of promise, and 11-minute closer The Mammoth in particular hints at a band with the potential to write the stoner equivalent of Lateralus. But while Viper… is loads of fun while it’s playing, little sticks in the memory. Not exactly half-baked, but not quite the finished product – yet.