IAMFIRE - From Ashes album review

Danish desert rockers mine an undertow of artiness

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How low can you go? Pretty damn low apparently, at least according the first bowel-quaking tones of IAmFire’s debut. It’s the first immediate sign that these Danes are partial to a bit of Kyuss. By a large degree. Sketched from the blueprint left by the desert rock legends, complete with vocals that sound scarily like Garcia, From Ashes is all about the bass. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before but things start to get interesting when they take a turn towards Tool on tracks like My Mistake, Eyes Wide Open and Beamer, which experiment with off-kilter drum patters and languid vocals. Kyuss and Tool shouldn’t be natural bedfellows but IAmFire succeed in making it work. Taken whole, From Ashes is a dense drag of a record, made for skinning up and letting go, but peppered with flashes of a more modern interpretation of heavy psych.

Holly Wright

With over 10 years’ experience writing for Metal Hammer and Prog, Holly has reviewed and interviewed a wealth of progressively-inclined noise mongers from around the world. A fearless voyager to the far sides of metal Holly loves nothing more than to check out London’s gig scene, from power to folk and a lot in between. When she’s not rocking out Holly enjoys being a mum to her daughter Violet and working as a high-flying marketer in the Big Smoke.