|Review: Aborym - Fire Walk With Us|
|Fire Walk With Us|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: February 27, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:Fire Walk With Us
Rated 4/5 (80%) (12 Votes)
On the face of this album, I really shouldn't enjoy it as much as I actually do. In fact, I still treat it as a kind of 'guilty pleasure' to this very day. It has a few hallmarks I just can't abide when it comes to metal, the first being recognizably electronic drums (shudder) and the second being a extensive use of samples (grimace), and third being an almost (dare I say it) 'techno' atmosphere to the music at times (bleeeargh… shhhlurp). Yes, FUCKING techno.
However, it's not 'techno' as in that horrible shit heard from the bleepy farty brigade (although there is a tiny bit of that in dark wave 'Here Is No God S.T.A', but we'll ignore that), it's techno as in the fact that there's an overwhelming futuristic feel to the album. It's as if the band have created the album in a distant future, where alien life-forms are common place on earth, space travel is as common as road travel and cyborgs are beginning to form their own bands, in rows of matrix-esque dingy caves (covered in charred, crumbling age-yellowed posters of Mayhem naturally) to the accompanying sound of massive electrical storms and a permanent electronic hum filling the airwaves. However, don't be fooled into thinking that this is a dubious 'And Oceans' styled type of futuristic – this one is militaristic and ruthless to the nth degree. This is the first album that Attila Csihar took over lead vocals permanently as a full-time member, and this fact adds greatly to the album with his dark croaks and barks adding an earthy edge to the Mysticum inspired forward thinking style of the music. There's a huge post-apocalyptic vibe present throughout this album, with the regimental buzzing guitars utilized as an ode to human-kind as it once was, albeit processed and twisted into strict foreboding form, backed up with the meatier ahead of its time aura and devastating ultramodern double blow of perfectly programmed drums and invasive (but not intrusive) synthesizers which are abundant throughout – sparking forethought into topics such as the possibility of human technological modification, to the possible death of humanity to the uprising supremacy of machines (worked on well by the excellent inclusion of the funeral march tune in the track 'Sol Sigillum'). There's even a re-vamped futuristic Burzum cover here in the form of 'Det Som En Gang Var', which interestingly enough, Attila refused to do vocals on in respect to his old friend Euronymous. It actually sounds quite amazing given its new ultra-modern sheen, something you wouldn't expect upon reading this no doubt.
So, this isn't an album for the stringent black metal purists out there. It's not even an album for your general open-minded metaller necessarily. It is, however, an album for those who aren't afraid of experimentation with technology to enhance a style of music that's so often based in the past, rather than the future. Try it; you might be pleasantly surprised if you don't dwell on the aforementioned t-word. A refreshing change from the norm.
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