Firelink
The Inveterate Fire
(2019)
Crank this to 8.6 of 11
Genre:
Black Metal
Sounds Like:
Immortal, Darkthrone
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
We do not often review bands that have been inspired by video games. That being said, the intriguing album art sucked us into previewing the duo from Atlanta, Georgia known as Firelink. The Dark Souls trilogy fanatics have released their debut album entitled The Inveterate Fire. The five tracks cover a surprisingly diverse landscape ebbing between majestic melodies, brooding percussion and guttural growls. The backbone of black metal is supported by an intriguing mix of progressive metal riffs.

Track Listing:
1. Vessel of the Primordial Serpent (4:35)
2. Kindled (10:02)
3. Manus (8:55)
4. Beckoning Sun (9:22)
5. The First Sin (10:04)

Standout Track:
"The First Sin" is a wild ride featuring some impressive contrast and high tone post-rock like guitar licks. The vocals breakout a bit into deeper octaves and the battle culminates with impressive fury.

Adult Beverage Pairing:
Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Double IPA — Straight out of historic downtown LaGrange, Wild Leap Brewing has been making a mark on the Georgia beer scene. The third edition of its Alpha Abstraction series, Volume 3 is a juicy, double dry-hopped IPA with Mosaic. At 8 percent alcohol, it’s big but not bitter. 

ROTATION RECAP:
Captivation and Variety
8.6 out of 11

Vocal Performance
8.3 out of 11

Weight of the Heavy
9.2 out of 11

Fretwork Prowess
8.5 out of 11

Percussion Prowess
8.4 out of 11

Overall Album Flow
8.5 out of 11

Contrast
8.3 out of 11

Album Cover Aesthetics
8.7 out of 11

Production Value
8.4 out of 11

Final Thoughts:
No its not folk metal as you would envision from the album cover, but the duo impresses on their debut with some pretty elaborate black metal that takes a few interesting tangents into progressive and post rock territory. Give this one a gander and diversify your library of heavy.

Band Members:
Harrison Stivarius - Instruments
Adrian Davis - Vocals

Follow Firelink: Bandcamp / Facebook
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