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Go to the Fear Falls Burning website  Fear Falls Burning - Iím One Of Those MonstersÖ/The Amplifier Drone [Equation Records/Tonefloat-Ikon - 2006]

Belgian musician Dirk Serries takes an approach for this project Fear Falls Burning that is different from his other electronic/ambient project vidnaObmana because guitar is the tool for creating drones and slowly evolving ambience.

Limited to 339 copies (of course), 50 copies on heavy gold vinyl and the rest on grey vinyl, Iím One Of Those Monsters Numb With Grace is already a pleasure to look at. Just like the white vinyl in a stylish sleeve of The Amplifier Drone, of which only 300 copies were made, I might add. But thatís all outward appearance of course. The music is thick with atmosphere and quite varied, by drone standards. Iím One Of Those MonstersÖ starts side A with tremoloed strummings that set a steady pace, which has higher slurs hovering over it. During the time of side one the strumming that evolve into a constant drone goes almost unnoticed until you suddenly realise the change. Like the closeups of the guitar on the sleeve the music revolves around small parts. With no particular place to go this provides a serene, ominous atmosphere without getting too grim or discomforting. Like an instrumental mantra this music ideally lifts you up and makes you float and I must say that having to turn over the LP does disrupt a bit.

The Amplifier Drone is made with Paul van den Berg, a local blues guitarist. The blues he brings in makes the music reminiscent of Earth a bit. The approach is different in that itís more sketchy and loose as well as there are amplifiers used unlike the other releases, which are recorded directly onto harddisc. This is more Lo Fi and recorded in Van Den Bergís garage including its ambience. The Amplifier Drone is planned to be a first volume in a series of more sketchy releases.

Because of its earthly means in the form of guitar, often clearly recognisable as such, Fear Falls Burningís tapestries of sound maintain a rock edge. Therefore it might appeal to those into bands as varied as Neurosis, Sunn0))) or even GY!BE. For me personally I must say I like this project much more than Dirkís other project vidnaObmana, which mainly makes me feel drowsy in a bad way. Fear Falls Burning has more soothing qualities which I find much more enjoyable.

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