Fire Down Below Premiere “Saviour of Man” Live Video

Posted in Bootleg Theater on September 11th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Why, it was only one month ago today that Belgian heavy rock four-piece Fire Down Below took the stage in West Flanders at the Alcatraz Festival, and I know we live in an age of insta-nt bootleggery and all that, but to have a pro-shot and edited live video done in a couple weeks and ready to post is pretty killer. “Saviour of Man” comes from the Ghent-based outfit’s 2018 sophomore album, Hymn of the Cosmic Man (review here), which came out on Ripple Music, and for those of us who don’t get the chance to pop over the Belgium for shows, the clip provides a cool opportunity to see what Fire Down Below are all about when it comes to what they do on stage. In the case of drummer Sam Nuytens particularly, they’re about having a badass Monster Magnet t-shirt (Euro merch, man), but as regards his work and that of the band surrounding, think the uptempo kick of earlier Red Fang with Kyuss-style brashness and you won’t be far off.

While a host of big names took stage at Alcatraz this year — suspects like OpethMeshuggahVoivodAmenra, etc. — Fire Down Below shared a space in ‘La Morgue’ with compatriot outfits in The SpiritGlowsunWolvennest and Cowboys & Aliens, keeping killer company as they brought an energetic burst to the proceedings. Like much of the album from which it comes, “Saviour of Man” is a pretty straightforward affair, but its hook and drive demand little by way of flourish, standing their ground instead based on their sheer quality of craft. That is to say, you’re not gonna hear it and think something’s missing, and especially in the live setting as they are here, it’s clear to see that engaging an audience from the stage is where Fire Down Below‘s heart lies. How could it not? What’s better than that?

Speaking of, Fire Down Below have a few killer gigs booked for this Fall, including dates with Valley of the Sun and Gozu and a stop at Desertfest Belgium, where they’ll also join a selection of some of the country’s finest underground acts. Those dates are listed on the banner which you’ll find under the video itself, which of course follows here. I’m sure you’ve already clicked play, and rightly so.

Either way, please enjoy:

Fire Down Below, “Saviour of Man” live at Alcatraz Festival

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Fire Down Below on “Saviour of Man”:

We had the opportunity to play this gig at Alcatraz Hard Rock and Metal festival, one of Belgium’s biggest festivals for headbangers and devil worshippers. This year they installed a new stage, called La Morgue, reserved for some of the best underground bands in the country. We were extremely happy to be part of this great initiative and we had a blast on stage, as we hope you can tell from this video.

Fire Down Below live at Alcatraz festival in Kortrijk, 11 August 2019, playing Saviour Of Man from the album Hymn Of The Cosmic Man.
Recorded and edited by Lars Grote Audio.

Fire Down Below is:
Jeroen Van Troyen – guitar and vocals
Kevin Gernaey – guitar
Sam Nuytens – drums
Bert Wynsberghe – bass

Fire Down Below, Hymn of the Cosmic Man (2018)

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Von Detta Premiere “Thanks for Your Time”; Burn it Clean EP out Sept. 13

Posted in audiObelisk on August 20th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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The idea of ‘burning clean’ could hardly be more appropriate for the second Von Detta EP, which is out Sept. 13 through Polderrecords, since that’s essentially what they do for the 32-minute runtime of the six-song release. At that length, one might question whether or not Burn it Clean is actually an album, but it’s not an argument I feel like having with myself right now, so I won’t. Either way, it’s with the crisp, indeed clean, production of the outing through which the Ghent, Belgium, outfit’s tracks seem to land their blows. Beginning with a brief piano intro — a possible reference to 2016’s Exit Grand Piano debut EP — there’s no lack of flow throughout, and their tones are rich, but there’s no hiding behind distortion here. The vocals are forward on opener “Reach Out” and the subsequent “Thanks for Your Time,” and with an undercurrent of metal resting beneath, Von Detta execute their material with precision and purpose, layering elements over each other in a way that feels delicately or at least intentionally arranged, sometimes reminding my US East Coast ears of The Giraffes for the amount of tension they build in their verses and choruses and the volatility that seems to be at root beneath their sharp-edged exterior.

That might come through most on “Devil’s Child” when the screams let loose, but it’s there in the guitar of “Thanks for Your Time” and the swaggering “Reach Out,” as well as the confrontational “Little Man Big World,” which unfurls a bruiser riff met with one von detta burn it cleanof Burn it Clean‘s most resonant hooks. “The Vault” brings in either some guest or some falsetto vocals in the midsection before a bluesy solo, and again, true to title, it all seems to be leading to the nine-minute finale “Masterplan,” which sees the band embrace a more patient but still linear execution, working from a quiet opening toward first a driving apex and then a residual comedown that cuts out to a return of the piano from the EP’s intro, bookending and adding a sense of completion that expands on the initial movement. Even the finish, then, is clean, classy, clear. It’s not to say Von Detta are somehow lacking impact. If anything, the fact that their sound pulls so few punches in terms of production only makes them seem all the more confrontational, particularly amid the periodic screams — Von Detta have a new frontman; he fits well — and other harder-hitting elements. Again, the sense is very much that they’re not trying to hide anything, not trying to obscure anything in a wash of effects.

Naturally, I wouldn’t argue that everyone who uses effects is or that doing so has no aesthetic value, but for Von Detta‘s songwriting method on Burn it Clean, burning it clean makes sense. You can hear it for yourself with the premiere of “Thanks for Your Time” on the player below, which is followed by some more background from the PR wire, because one likes to be thorough.

Please enjoy:

Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, VON DETTA started out in 2013, as a riff based groove quintet. While celebrating their love for old school rock ‘n roll, the 2016 EP ‘Exit Grand Piano’ release came soon after, as the band’s first piece of recorded work.

To make things clean, one must burn away the filth… with ‘Burn It Clean’, VON DETTA are set to release an EP to captivate your musical senses and stir up the groove. Being both raw and elegant, rough and sublime, ‘Burn It Clean’ comes with a soulful lasting echo. The six songs are one rip-roaring episode after another straight from each the band members’ lives. A soundtrack reminiscent of the battles of between your inner angels and demons.

‘Burn It Clean’ Tracklist:
01. Reach Out
02. Thanks For Your Time
03. Devil’s Child
04. Little Man Big World
05. The Vault
06. Masterplan

Von Detta is:
Jonas Verhelst
Ief de Deurwaerder
Jeroen Vandamme
Koen De Borle
Manuel Remmerie

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Fire Down Below Release Hymn of the Cosmic Man June 8

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 8th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Belgian heavy rockers Fire Down Below have set a June 8 release for their new album, Hymn of the Cosmic Man. Their new video for the track “Saviour of Man” finds them basking in influences from the likes of Kyuss and 1000mods in following-up 2017’s Viper Vixen Goddess Saint, and even if their theme takes them to outer space as the PR wire notes below and the video reaffirms, their riffs and grooves still sound awfully sandy to my ears.

The Ghent four-piece have a couple dates booked around the LP release and some other shows in the months coming up, and you’ll find that info below, once again, courtesy of the PR wire, which also sent the cover art for Hymn of the Cosmic Man, which I’m not posting because cartoon tits depress the shit out of me.

Info follows; video at the bottom:

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FIRE DOWN BELOW: Belgian fuzz rock quartet to release Hymn of the Cosmic Man | New video for ‘Saviour Of Man’ premiered

Hymn of the Cosmic Man by Fire Down Below is released worldwide on 8th June via Ripple Music

This June will see the official worldwide release of Hymn of the Cosmic Man, the brand-new studio album from Belgian progressive rock quartet, Fire Down Below.

Following on from last year’s hugely successful rerelease of Viper Vixen Goddess Saint, the Ghent-based foursome are back with yet another exceptional melee of fuzzed-out stoner rock, heavy psych and grunge on Ripple Music, home to some of the finest acts in recent years to emerge from the underground.

On Hymn of the Cosmic Man, Fire Down Below trade the hot desert winds of their debut for the cold desolation of outer space. With a storyline that pitches a single soul against an unnamed threat to mankind, the band express fear, hope, defeat, surrender and courage across seven tracks, making for one truly compelling journey.

“We had this background story that guided us in the songwriting process,” explains bassist Bert Wynsberghe. “Yet we left it somewhat vague so that it wouldn’t limit us and we could still pursue ideas that were more ‘out there’. That really worked for us, we got to explore new sonic territories and we’re excited to see what reactions we might get.”

As a glowing endorsement and belief in their sheer quality, Fire Down Below’s second full-length not only plants a flag into the earth’s crust, it endeavours to propel the band into orbit. Never ones to mess with a winning combination, after the critical acclaim of their debut, Fire Down Below teamed up again with Tim De Gieter at Much Luv Studio in Belgium for recording and mixing, with Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland on mastering duties.

“We were happy to be able to work with Tim again. We’d raised the bar for ourselves for the new album and we were thrilled to see that he had done the same thing for his studio work. And then of course we’re super excited that Ripple Music is releasing this album. To be part of a family with bands such as Wo Fat and Mothership is just beyond anything we had ever considered possible.”

Already, the band has garnered some truly remarkable comparisons with bands like Truckfighters, Red Fang and Soundgarden, and now with Hymn of the Cosmic Man, from the swelling, space swallowing opening of ‘Red Giant’ and ‘Ignition/Space Cruiser’, to the spectacularly progressive closer ‘Adrift In A Sea Of Stars’, we will at last see them step up, take flight and traverse the universe powered by hard rock, stellar riffs and their own, breathtaking volition.

Hymn of the Cosmic Man by Fire Down Below is released worldwide on 8th June via Ripple Music

Pre-order now at www.ripple-music.com

FIRE DOWN BELOW:
Bert Wynsberghe – Bass
Jeroen Van Troyen – Guitar and Vocals
Kevin Gernaey – Guitar
Sam Nuytens – Drums

LIVE DATES:
15 June – Album Release Show (Venue TBC) – Ghent, Belgium
16 June – Album Release Show (Venue TBC) – Bruges, Belgium
6 July – JH ‘t Slot – Wortel, Belgium
1 September – Café Gonzo – Ninove, Belgium

TRACKLISTING:
1. Red Giant
2. Ignition / Space Cruiser
3. Saviour of Man
4. The Cosmic Pilgrim
5. Nebula
6. Ascension
7. Adrift In A Sea Of Stars

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Innerwoud Release New Album Mirre

Posted in Whathaveyou on December 17th, 2015 by JJ Koczan

innerwoud (Photo by Stefaan Temmerman)

As we head inexorably toward the darkest day of the year, what better time to indulge a bit of full-on string-based melancholy. Enter the contemplative solo work of Ghent, Belgium’s PJ VA, operating under the moniker of Innerwoud. The one-man outfit’s new outing, Mirre, has been newly released and is four tracks of experimentalism that seems to be actively eschewing “classical” tags in favor of more modern evocations. Consouling Sounds is at the helm of the release, which brings to mind a more staid version of the layering and drones Helen Money brings to the cello, and it’s available right now, sunrise or sunset.

The PR wire had this to say:

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Innerwoud’s Mirre Out Now Via Consouling Sounds

Consouling Sounds is thrilled to present the debut full length album of Innerwoud. This lone man and his double bass have already made some heads turn. His very own way of playing and layering bass drones makes up for truly unique listening experience. Innerwoud live is impressive: trying to subdue his unleashed instrument, battling it into submission, and exploring the vastness of the drone spectrum. His practice is rooted in the contemporary classical music, but Innerwoud is a far cry from a classical musician. Constantly shifting between contemporary classical music, moody drones, and haunting soundscapes, he captivates his audience across genres and conventions. His debut captures the essence of his live shows, augmented with sparse and well-aimed arrangements, resulting in an album that crawls deeply under the skin.

Mostly deep drone harmonies, accompanied by a subtile and dark melody. Creating a lyrical sound without lyrics, in the warm shade of Icelandic and Canadian predecessors. Not an overtrained musician but a connoisseur of african cultures. Former member of Ghent based quartet Zura Zaj, participating in different projects such as neoclassical between-whiles-band Ana Barii.

Innerwoud – Mirre
Consouling Sounds
Release Date: 13 December, 2015

1. Dar
2. Nachtkus
3. Mirre
4. Sterveling

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audiObelisk: SerpentCult Premiere “Longing for Hyperborea” from Raised by Wolves

Posted in audiObelisk on October 20th, 2011 by JJ Koczan

Hard-luck Belgian trio SerpentCult got together in 2006, following the unsightly demise of Thee Plague of Gentlemen, who weren’t bad except for the fact that it turned out their lead singer was a pedophile. Reasonably wanting to distance themselves from that, guitarist Frederic Caure, bassist Steven Van Cauwenbergh and drummer Frederik “Cozy” Cosemans stuck it out as SerpentCult and successfully released Weight of Light through Rise Above in 2008.

That record was fronted by Michelle Nocon, who also now is out of the band. So, on their new album, Raised by Wolves, SerpentCult have basically reinvented themselves — againas a mostly-instrumental three-piece of sprawling and atmospheric doom. Raised by Wolves is SerpentCult‘s most honest and accomplished album yet, and it’s a testament to how strong the connection is between Caure, Van Cauwenbergh and Cosemans that they’d persist after losing two vocalists.

Raised by Wolves is out now on Listenable Records, who were kind enough to let me stream the all-instrumental and longest track from the album, “Longing for Hyperborea.” The song skillfully shifts through varied movements, but remains consistently morose throughout. It’s the sound of the defeat to which the band simply refuses to succumb. Hope you enjoy:

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For more on SerpentCult, check them out on Thee Facebooks here, or hit up the Listenable Records website.

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