FIRE IN THE HEAD - Screams for the Mute
Review from Absolute
This artist is becoming very prolific in a very short period of time.
Looks like they have current releases out right now on 5 separate labels.
This is a very strong mix of harsh noise and drone to make an effective
and mind crushing release. Fire In The Head is surely becoming one of
my favorite noise artists as of late and with each release grows in talent
and ideas. If you like the more experimental side of Grunt, NTT and Bastard
Noise you need to not pass on this artist's releases as they are all of
such high quality. Just wish they wern't so limited. Most are in the 100-200
copy range. I've just received a split with Ricahrd Ramirez from Fire
In The Head. Let's hope this holds as tasty a release as this. Get the
clue fuck heads, buy this release and support the next wave of talented
Pure aural abuse, a symphony of harsh screeching grinding steel, and
mighty heavy on the distortion, which wouldn’t be complete without
just a few drones which are more of a murmur, rhythm even rears a grisly
head from time to time, a truly beautiful assault to the senses which
will leave you wanting more.
I’ll try and give you a little breakdown of what F/I/T/H has in
store for you.
The disc starts off with the track “silent few” a melodic
piece one could even say, that builds and builds with layered waves of
static and an underlying current of what sounds like or reminds me at
least of singing in the subway, but the problem lays in the fact that
the person doing the singing has a foot on the third rail, and there is
a train coming.
Moving on to “trepanation” second piece and an aptly titled
track, do I detect a possessed organ playing itself, perhaps but either
way please tell these voices in my head to stop.
Screams for the mute, the title track is a battle of chainsaws and hand
grenades, a detection of vocals even, good luck deciphering them though
,definitely not a sing along with the bouncing ball type of thing, more
of a nuclear blast duck and cover thine ass.
The track “playing god” I’d have to say is the mellowest
of all of them, somewhat sparse and free flowing with some chanting in
the background carrying the piece with what one might call the melody,
while the piece is called playing god I definitely didn’t come away
from this track thinking in any way that this was a god of creation, this
is pure destruction, no happy ending.
This release is a hymn to the drumfire, it is a finely tuned opus of
power electronics and artistry the effect is hypnotic at times and at
others unnerving, panic and angst do come to mind as well.
Based in the United States Fire in the head or F/I/T/H is the work of
Michael Page who over the years has put out numerous quality limited cd’s
and cdr’s and of course this being one of them, limited to 200,
has also performed alongside Wertham, C.O.Caspar and the legendary Whitehouse
at the Consumer Electronics festival 7 this past Oct (which I sorely missed)
so he is surely doing something right.
I am looking forward to hearing more from Fire in the Head in the year
to come, especially as his sound is evolving, towards what aim is anyone’s
guess but I suspect there are a few surprises in store for us, and for
that I shall happily await .
Side note: the cd was actually recorded in Provincetown and those of
you who are familiar with the works of F/I/T/H know for sure that
this music is so far removed from anything you will hear there….this
cd isn’t exactly a hands in the air floorfiller.
To get some more information on an artist, it's always good to
look at their website. And when it comes to Fire in the Head, we
see an indication for what we are about to hear when we look at
the links-section: Guilty Connector, Slogun, Sickness, Control,
Skullflower/Ramleh, Grey Wolves/Open Wound & Survival Unit.
Fire in the Head can be labelled harsh noise, a type of music definitly
not for the weak. For as far as I know, most artists in the genre
are from America and Asia, but in Europe it's also being produced
more and more. The genre is a little bit less 'constructed' as power
electronics, but what it lacks in structure is made up for in agression.
Provided you can handle the sounds, you can play this album on
repeat. Every time you notice new layers and new depth within the
tracks and after a few rounds, the beat really reveals itself. 'Watch
And Burn' is a great droney track, while 'Playing God' and 'Floodgate'
are way more opressive in nature ('Floodgate' actually hurts a bit).
The masterpiece on this album is the final track 'Through Jaded
Eyes'. It's a beautifully created noisescape with a melancholic
The CD isn't really accessible for a larger audience, but it is
worth buying for noise-addicts and maybe also people who want to
try out something without beats, but with a lot of power.
Based in the United States Fire in the head or F/I/T/H is the work
Michael Page. Pure aural abuse, a symphony of harsh screeching grinding
steel, and mighty heavy on the distortion, which wouldn’t
be complete without just a few drones which are more of a murmur,
rhythm even rears a grisly head from time to time, a truly beautiful
assault to the senses which will leave you wanting more. This release
is a hymn to the drumfire, it is a finely tuned opus of power
electronics and artistry the effect is hypnotic at times and at
unnerving, panic and angst do come to mind as well.