Posted by RiffRaff
Hovering between the borders of sludge metal, post-metal, and black metal, Orlando, Florida band Fire in the Cave have created a 2 song E.P. that will quake your viscera with it slow and brooding riffs, thundering bass, and hypnotic drumming and vocals. As it attacks you innards, the E.P also shows a delicate sense of beauty as the band transitions into haunting guitar leads and explores areas outside of their claustrophobic and sludgy comfort zone. Complete with wonderfully written and environmentally charged lyrics FITC deliver a satisfying and complete package all wrapped up nicely in its quick 16 minute run time.
The first song, “Civilized Swamp”, gets right to the point with the thundering music and the rough hard-core shouts in the vein of band such as Isis and Neurosis. In time the tempo changes up and a preview of the beauty of what the band is able to create pokes its head out for a brief moment before the thick and chunky riffs take the forefront again. Soon Mastodon proggy riffs (pun intended) turn up and lead into a gorgeous Earthy black metal section that I felt was very reminiscent of Agalloch as they bring this behemoth of a song to a close.
The second track, “Aeden Carr”, follows a similar feel as its predecessor but mixes up the structure to create yet another journey through a viscid forest. This one has more of a post-metal feel to it, but the sludgy black stains are still worn visibly and with pride. I particularly like the slow and brooding section at around the ~3:30-6:30 mark as it created an atmosphere so dense you could rip a chunk of it off and chew on it like bubble gum.
This is a great offering from an up and comer. I’m highly looking forward to what FITC can do in the future with a full on album because this release really has my appetite whetted. The production on the E.P. is great with its grimy sound that maintains enough cleanliness for the music and intricacies to shine through. Well worth your 16 minutes to check out. Peace Love and Metal!
You can listen to the whole album below or go to FITC‘s Bandcamp page to get yourself a ‘name you price’ copy of the E.P. Also be sure to check out their Facebook page for updates on the band and show info.