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Fire In The Head - Meditate/ Mutilate [Eibon - 2006]

Meditate/ Mutilate seems to pull off perfectly the mix between of seething industlised noise and more sinister creepy dark ambient tones. Even when your ears are been flayed by coarse electronics and sit down and sufer pain vocal over load, ripple underneath is a sickly stream of grim ambience. Like a maggot stenched water, trickling under a site of a vast over kill.

Comparisents are difficult maybe vocally a bit like a more demented preacher version of Whitehouse, musically really a nod towards the industrial  and noise masters like Throbbing gristle,Merzbow, but this seems to have a very fresh and Sharpe edge to it all.  It never becomes structure-less noise or just walls of burning sound, there are always a repetitive rhythmic element or uncoiling drone Patten lurking. From the first track Darkest before dawn, with it’s sadistic brooding noise call, and dead light ambience. As the album progresses You feel like you've entering into some vast hellish world of broken machines tangled with twitching flesh, raving preachers stamping and shout on fallen ones chests, there victims rib cages snapping. Screaming and billowing crowds of humanity, their blood damped and burnt skin frames packed tightly together, their disappear screams are feed though metallic juddering contraption to amplified and bending there pain. Your locked in this world, right until the last track, mediate/ mutilate with it’s  sadly beautiful and violent mix of grating noise screams and looped string patterns, almost like some damming end credits music. The world you lived in for the 40 minutes or so is now dead, the preacher lay chocked on there own decaying bibles, the crowds dead, mixture of saliva and blood dripping from their gaping mouth.

A trip to damnation and back,That balance perfectly chaos and creeping ambience. This is one of quite of  few Fire in the head release's, put out in the last few years, and it’s certainly made me want to investigated further their other work.

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Roger Batty
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