(8/10) Have you heard from Philm already? No? Big mistake. Philm means that Dave Lomardo is back. After his unexpected 'goodbye' from Slayer it became a bit more quite about the iconic drummer. But this will change now with Philm.
Next to the drum legend it is frontman Gerry Nestler and Pancho Tomaselli on bass that completes the line-up. The trio is expanding the borders of metal and rock music. The music of the three guys can't be pressed into any established form and pattern. They are combining different styles which leads to a highly creative output. As Dave Lombardo stated: "We tend to live on the heavy side, but we also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds.“
One of the great thing with all the songs on "Fire from the evening sun" is the fact that all of them are very complex on the one hand but also come with a certain catchiness that makes it easy for the listener. You get into the album from the very first moment on by still discovering new elements and details with each round in your CD player.
Bands which I was reminded to with this album have been Rage Against The Machine ("Omniscience") and also Grip Inc ("Fire from the evening sun") in the trashy parts of the album.
But as said, the different influences lead to a big variety of songs. There is for example "Silver queen" which is a quite slow and silent track. But man, what an atmosphere the songs spreads. Cursorily a simple track but the gloomy sphere which they spread is amazing.
"Fanboy" is the shortest song on the album. It's a two minutes killer with an brutal speed. It seems that Lombardo and his two mates felt a need to get rid of a lot of energy in very limited time. Also in this song I can see/hear some Grip Inc. elements back. A short tornando which fits pretty well in the middle of the album.
Towards the end songs get longer. The 6 minutes long "Turn in the sky" is a complex heavy rocker. It is very rhythm based and drums take the lead in this album highlight. And then there is the 5 minutes long "Corner girl" that starts with a piano based part. The vocals join in and the whole beginning sounds more like from a jazz club. If you think, that this is just a kind of intro to the song you're wrong. The whole track is a jazzy tune with even a horn section. It really stands out from all the other 11 tracks. Very brave and very cool.
Great to have the "godfather of doublebass" back. A strong vital sign from a guy that influenced the metal scene so much. Philm is something you should have listened to.
- Fire from the evening sun
- Lady of the lake
- Lion's pit
- Silver queen
- We sail at dawn
- Blue dragon
- Turn in the sky
- Corner girl
Genre: Alternative Metal