Walk Through Fire – Var Avgrund 2xLP (W&V)
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Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden sludge doom quintet WALK THROUGH FIRE returns with their third studio opus entitled VÅR AVGRUND (Our Abyss). The band has broadened their sound with an organ resulting out of the Arvo Pärt live recording in 2017 adding an extra layer onto their minimalistic sludge monotony and slow burning hardcore vocalisation. Malin Wättrings contribution of saxophone in ‘Vägar Mot Slutet’ shows the band is far beyond genre restrictions and abandons any kind of traditional song structure totally focusing on the uncompromising transportation of existential dread and misery. With 7 tracks and a total time of 75 minutes recorded this record is meant to be listened to in one piece – dragging you deeper into the abyss. Every chord, every snare hits the spot and is as important as the space in between. 6 years after ‘Hope is Misery’ WALK THROUGH FIRE prove they have found their own unique style of writing slow and extreme music. The album is the first with lyrics in Swedish, with themes mainly about the inevitability of tragedy and suffering in life – both as individuals, and as a collective. And these themes are perfectly visualized by long-time friend of the band, Göran Nilsson (Hydra Illustration).