Saturday 12 September 2015

White Fire - Burned In Effigy (EP Review)

Release date: September 07th 2015. Label: Self Released. Formats: DD

Burned In Effigy: Tracklisting

1.True North 06:09
2.Black Beacon 06:03
3.Prime Mover 06:05
4.Vigil 07:38

Band Members:

Nate - Vocals/Guitar
Derek - Bass
Spencer - Drum


I became a fan of White Fire when I promoted them during my time on The Sludgelord. Their debut album – Tomes – was a great mix of Baroness & Mastodon style Progressive Sludge Metal and later Stoner Metal riffs. It's still a great album to check out if you haven't listened to White Fire yet. I urge you to do so now.

2 years later and the band have sadly called it day. Though they've decided to release one final release to impress you with – Burned In Effigy – is a punishing style of gritty lo-fi Sludge/Stoner Metal carnage mixed with some progressive hardcore beats to test your patience with. It's an exciting and thrilling EP as it sounds very different to their debut album.

Opening track – True North – sees White Fire influence by early Mastodon progressive sludge vibes mixed with a tinge of Converge style vocals and rhythms It's quite a dark and brooding track that allows White Fire to create a more moody atmosphere that wasn't seen on their debut album. It's quite a stark contrast to Tomes but in a good way as White Fire have decided to try something new with their music.

Second track Black Beacon stays firmly in the Progressive Sludge/Hardcore camp with traces of Stoner Rock firmly in the background. It's one of the EP's strongest tracks as White Fire create some impressive guitar solos that mixes Stoner, Doom, Post-Hardcore and even Post-Rock. Shades of Baroness style Prog Stoner Rock show the band like to have fun with their music.

Third track – Prime Mover – sees White Fire return to the fast and furious world of punishing sludge metal riffs with an eye more on detail as the song is very technical at times. Prime Mover is a very raw song with a down-beat lo-fi edge. Though you can't deny the sheer power of it all.

And now it's time for White Fire to play their final ever song and it's the standout track on the EP. The fantastic sounding – Vigil.

Maybe White Fire are just trying to unleash as many final demons they can on this song as time is almost up for the band to play their last note. A psychedelic trip full of great noises which has the perfect balance of heavy groove laiden Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs. The vocals are twinged with hardcore anger and fury. A great way to end the EP with.

Sadly that's it from White Fire. The members have moved onto different projects. They've released a stunning final EP with Burned In Effigy. I hope that we may see these guys get back together one day and record more material as I think they could of written more great music in the future. I wish the guys well. White Fire you'll be missed. You can download Burned In Effigy now on BandCamp Buy Now.

Words by Steve Howe