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Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire: Visceral (EP)

If you like sludge metal and grindcore, but can't decide which of the two genres you like the best, then this EP by Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire might be the resolution to your dilemma. On this EP, which happens to be stylistically very similar to their previous full-length effort Songs Of Hope And Ill Desperation, Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire combine elements from the two genres.

The EP thus features both crushing heavy sludgy passages and grinding blastbeats, and there are also some more crust punk-styled elements every now and then. The crusty and sludgy elements constitute that aspect of Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire's music on this release, which I think has the most substance to it. The rest is characterized by noise and chaos, and the guitars are tuned down so low that you barely hear the riffing in blastbeat passages.

Visceral is an experiment in noise and brutality, and in this perspective it is, to some extent, an interesting listen (it's always interesting to hear musical experiments with noise), but, although there are interesting moments on the album, I think, it is not a release that appeals to me. It is an intense listen to, but it does not strike me as memorable in any way. And I must say that I've heard grindcore bands and death-grind releases that have made a bigger impression on me.

If you like noisy and chaotic music which combines heavy sludginess with insane blastbeats, then this EP is probably right up your alley, so you should in any case check it out for yourself.

Track listing:
1. (Intro)
2. Lower Than Life, High as the Sky
3. Garbage
4. Special Education
5. Biracial
6. Asthmatic

Added: February 25th 2012
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire @ MySpace
Hits: 2005
Language: english

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