“Firebreather veer towards roaring, High On Fire-esque sludge, and they’ve got the chops and the grit to pull this kind of thing off.” — Brooklyn Vegan
Swedish trio Firebreather share the first track from their forthcoming debut on Riding Easy Records, Under a Blood Moon today via Brooklyn Vegan. Hear and share “Dancing Flames”
Fire is what happens when a carbon based object is consumed by oxygen. That chemical reaction is fitting to the sound of Firebreather: The riffs are suffocating, the rhythms fast moving and all-consuming. It’s so blindingly and deafeningly monolithic, don’t be surprised to find yourself gasping for air while listening.
The Gothenburg, Sweden trio has a streamlined focus on driving, symphonic riffs in the vein of High on Fire, Inter Arma and their tour- and label-mates Monolord. The guitar and bass tones are, quite simply, entrancing. Like watching flames engulf a forest, the billowing guitar tones are simultaneously beautiful and destructive, while the rhythms sway and lunge with vicious precision.
“It’s riff based, heavy as fuck, but with a groove to it,” explains vocalist/guitarist Mattias Nööjd, formerly of popular Swedish doom merchants Galvano. “We had gotten off a tour with Monolord in February of 2018 and by that time we had the song ‘Firebreather’ done,” but soon thereafter new drummer Axel Wittbeck joined the fold.
“Once Axel had joined, it was like the flood gates opened,” says bassist Kyle Pitcher. “The rest of the album just came together.” Under a Blood Moon was recorded at Elementstudion in Gothenburg with engineer Oskar Karlsson, who also recorded the band’s lauded 2017 self-titled debut on Suicide Records.
Album opener “Dancing Flames” sets the stage for the onslaught to come with a slinking, serpentine riff over slow churning rhythms. Nööjd’s hushed, gravelly vocals sink into the mix, more like a baritone guitar than a human voice. “Our Souls, They Burn” nicely exemplifies the band’s furious grind that makes even faster tempo songs sound impossibly heavy, like a slow motion stampede. Elsewhere, “We Bleed” perfectly sums up the band’s focus on the riff and groove, honing in on the power of hypnotic attrition. Closing epic, “The Siren” opens with lugubrious, slightly swinging drums and rumbling bass building tension over delay- and phaser-soaked guitar harmonics, until a massive, sliding riff crashes headlong into the proceedings. The song seems to cleverly shape shift across several harmonic and rhythmic parts, without losing the core groove underneath. A short pause for breath, then it’s off to the races with a galloping crescendo for succinct closure.
Under a Blood Moon will be available on LP, CD and download September 27th, 2019 via RidingEasy Records.
FIREBREATHER LIVE 2019:
Sep 20 Gothenburg, SE @ Musikens Hus w/ Halshug
Oct 01 Utrecht, NL @ De Helling *
Oct 02 Brussels, BE @ Magasin 4 *
Oct 03 Pratteln, CH @ Up In Smoke Festival *
Oct 04 Reims, FR @ La Cartonnerie *
Oct 05 Paris, FR @ Saturday Mud Fever Festival *
Oct 07 Dortmund, DE @ Junkyard *
Oct 08 Nuremberg, DE @ Z-Bau *
Oct 09 Cologne, DE @ Helios 37 *
Oct 10 Mainz, DE @ Schon Schon *
Oct 11 Hamburg, DE @ Molotow *
Oct 16 Oslo, NO @ John Dee *
Oct 17 Gothenburg, SE @ Sticky Fingers *
Oct 18 Malmo, SE @ Babel *
Oct 23 Linkoping, SE @ The Crypt *
Oct 24 Stockholm, SE @ Close Up Baten *
Oct 25 Tampere, FI @ Olympia *
Oct 26 Helsinki, FI @ Nosturi *
* w/ Monolord
Album: Under a Blood Moon
Label: RidingEasy Records
Release date: September 27th, 2019
01. Dancing Flames
02. Our Souls, They Burn
03. Closed Gate
05. We Bleed
06. The Siren