FIRE IN THE HEAD - Solace Through Psychosis
Review from Absolute Zero Media:

The 1st release I got from Fire In The Head was so fucking good I had to take another journey down their harsh sounding trail once more. This time a good friend (Ron of RRR) releases a CDR for this New England madman. Ah, track 1 is more of what I really enjoyed about the last. Harsh tones and rhythms skillfully put together in the same way Immaculate Grotesque or Sickness would hone there art. There is really a nice build of sounds and a lot of sonic collage work going on here. I really think most that aren't into noise or harsher industrial think its one mic and tv static which this proves to be very very wrong. How Fire In The Head mixes the vocal loops in a way that they’re even more unnerving is a nice touch as well. At times this is really caustic material but worth every moment to listen to and explore. Over the 8 tracks on this release Fire In The Head becomes darker, harsher and more violent, all good movements in the noise realm. To close folks, RRRecords has added another winner to its already epic release list.


FIRE IN THE HEAD - Solace Through Psychosis
Review from Radium webzine:

The widely known and well respected label RRRecords recently widened its selection of CDrs to include the most recent work of the promising young noise musician Fire in the Head. This newborn screamer of an album has been named Solace Through Psychosis, and its contents are eight tracks of beefy, rough and reverbed noise.

Since its self-titled album, FITH has gone through a change of style. Gone is the ear-jamming, all-suffocating wall of distortion, replaced by a more open, richer and more carefully planned soundscape, that unlike its predecessors lacks no dynamics. All these little details combine to make Solace... a more pleasing experience than FITH's previous releases, although mean overdrives are naturally still present - this is noise, after all - just not in as prominent a position as before. These new compositions also seem more subtle and structurally advanced.

Subtlety and delicate sounds are not, however, what greets the listener on the first track of the CD. In fact, when the opening piece Succumb begins to play, anyone's ears should start begging for mercy, at least if the head they're attached to has any common sense left in it. This is because the piece's main sounds are glitchy high-end sounds never before found in FITH's work, and describable only as incredibly painful and ear-shredding. Thankfully there is more to Solace... than this.

Apart from Succumb I have to say that it feels like the album pulled a fast one on me, because after a few listens it didn't really feel like the expected noise album at all anymore, but instead a collection of well planned sound collages, the sound of the album being almost soft despite all the distortion and feedback squeals it contains. Not that this means it's a suitable new artpop sensation for the Metropolis-Dependent circlejerk crowd; it's just that the album's style seems far removed from the usual atonal assault of harsh noise releases. There are also a few vocals sprinkled here and there on the disc, mainly mixed so that they stay in the background, producing a feeling that Mr. Page is sitting inside the listener's speaker whispering his dirtiest ideas into the voluntary victim's ear.

On Solace..., FITH has fixed every complaint I could've thought up from his previous works, and the end result is a worthy addition to the RRRecords catalogue. It's not a perfect ten disc, but a well planned and executed, even and very likable release nonetheless.


FIRE IN THE HEAD - Solace Through Psychosis
Review from

Fire In The Head have only been around for a bit over a year, but they've definitely been productive fuckers, releasing a bunch of demos and albums and touring japan, playing alongside acts like Guilty Connector and Massonna. "Solace Through Psychosis" is the first I've heard of 'em, but it definitely won't be the last, as this is some good shit.

The audio on this disc is pretty diverse, venturing from straight forward PE/ Death Industrial to more drone/ dark ambient territories. All of the tracks have a very dark and brooding vibe, lingering for long enough to make the kill, but frequently changing pace as to not get monotonous. Only two of the tracks feature vocals, and it's a real shame, because the vocals are kinda the highlight for me. the instrumental stuff is definitely good, but the material with vocals have a bit more power. Unlike his friend Slogun, who has more of a screaming/ shouting style, Michael Page's vocals are more of the talking into distortion variety, but they're definitely the best I've heard of that style in a long time, because they never get dumb and manage to retain an authentic angry vibe.

The mastering on this disc is really good, there isn't a single
transgression in that department. Honestly, the only real gripe I have here is that i wish there were more vocals. That and the disc comes in a yellow sleeve and I don't much like the color yellow. But the cool RRR Collage insert makes up for it. Most definitely recommended.


FIRE IN THE HEAD - Solace Through Psychosis

And so we welcome the return of that bad ass with attitude Michael Page with open arms and hopes eternal. He is (if the CollectiveXXIII website is correct) one mega productive extreme noise fucker. But in the nicest possible way.

"Solace Through Psychosis" is released as part of the CDR series on the RRR record label…which is celebrating 20 years of releasing uncompromising and difficult music onto the unsuspecting public. Happy anniversary belligerent American dudes.

Fire In The Head fits perfectly in with the RRR release ethic. Music suitable for the true outsider not afraid to explore uncharted waters and able to withstand, nay desires, aural torture being inflicted without mercy. "Solace Through Psychosis" follows this blueprint down to the last detail. Over the eight tracks and 33+ minutes…time passes so quickly when your head is scrambled…Michael pulls out all the stops to hit hard with a noise barrage from the first seconds of the first track and doesn’t let up one iota. Onward…forever onward…thrusting the cacophony relentlessly into your face like John Holmes in a blue film. Take it. Gag on it. Swallow it. Come back for more. Bitch slapped in the face. Humiliated but ultimately satiated. Note to self: wake up…smell the coffee… and stop watching so
much porn.

"Solace Through Psychosis" isn’t all pure undiluted noise though. With the addition of samples / vocals cutting through occasionally the music moves away from being a simply one dimensional ‘fuck you’ into near apocalyptic ambient mood territory. Not the sort of ambient to please Brian Eno fans mind. Fuck them though. Not literally of course. Unless they were nice looking.

With this latest release under his belt Michael is taking the genre of noise into exciting realms to give all you masochistic extreme / power electronics fiends the thrills you need to be punished with. Play it at the loudest levels possible and feel your sanity disintegrate with each passing swathe of sound.


FIRE IN THE HEAD - Solace Through Psychosis
review from Funprox:

My initial reaction to receiving this cd by American noise act was a happy one; finally I was able to listen to some brutal noise again, without having to pick a cd out randomly from the pile of releases in this genre. The logo, artwork, and website look serious and the slogan says it all: Nihilism, noise, narcissism. By the time I found some time to review this release, I already stumbled on a review by JS (also on Funprox) on another Fire in the Head cd, stating that we’re dealing with a good though non-original noise act.

The cd starts with a noisy intro which doesn’t completely convince me, it’s high-pitched and brutal although it misses some sort of over-the-top edge which I enjoy when listening to some good noise. Track 2, “Mantra”, is better though. Harsh noise and vocal samples with enough low frequencies make for a really convincing attack rumbling through my speakers. The following tracks continue in this vein of high-pitched shrieks, distorted vocals and low rumbling. There is no clear rhythmic base but still there is enough structure in the mayhem to enjoy it. Track 6 is one of the best tracks with its (almost) rhythmic structure and repetitive vocal samples. The last track, “Because I have to”, finishes the cd off in style. Quite convincing!

All in all a recommended release for those who enjoy the more harsh noise acts.