Saturday 15 June 2019

Slow Order - Eternal Fire (Album Review)

Release date: June 14th 2019. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Eternal Fire – Tracklisting

01. Eternal Fire
02. Obsessive Tale
03. Serpent’s Son
04. Eclipse
05. Kanavar
06. The Hunter
07. Starweed
08. Black Mass




Slow Order new album Eternal Fire is one that sees the band draw influence from instrumental rock/metal bands such as Pelican and Karma To Burn. This allows the band to embrace the complexities of Post Rock/Post Metal with the riff driven style of Desert Rock and Stoner Metal. The album is quite a confident ride from start to finish with Slow Order playing a progressive style of Instrumental Rock/Music.

The songs contained on the album are quite different to each with Slow Order allowing the listener to draw their own conclusions on what style or genre of music they fall under. Slow Order add elements of Psychedelic Rock and Ambient Metal to their music and not in the way you possibly expect. The album can be very progressive but still maintain a cool easy-going and addictive charm.

The first few songs on the album – Eternal Fire, Obsessive Tale and Serpent’s Son – allows Slow Order to create a creepy Doom based vibe with the Post Metal/Stoner Metal influences holding everything together. The band slowly start to play a more menacing style of music especially on Serpent’s Son as the music becomes that little bit more threatening and with a sense of purpose as well. The sludgy Post-Metal grooves make themselves known as Slow Order create a more direct sound. The ambient textures soon build up to an exciting finish.

Fourth song – Eclipse – is an Ambient based Post-Rock song with elements of gloomy sounding Desert Rock that’s quite a stark contrast to the other songs held on the album.

The second half of the album sees Slow Order add a more distinctive Sludge Metal groove to their overall sound and even seeing Thrash based drums appearing on certain parts of the album. Check out the heavy and thunderous drumming on Kanavar. Immense and extremely powerful.

Eternal Fire is an album that has a lot going for it and is no doubt an exciting wild ride into the realms of Post Metal and Stoner Metal. The production is excellent and it allows to the different genres to sound very different to each other. If you’re a fan of Pelican and Karma To Burn, then Slow Order is where you need to be at. As this album embraces the different worlds those two legendary bands operate in and Slow Order will leave you wanting more.

Excellent and Highly Recommended

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. Eternal Fire is available to buy on CD/DD now via Argonauta Records.