In this post we bring you the premiere of the title track from the forthcoming debut album — All Sights Affixed, Ablaze — by a band from Ontario, Canada, named Idol of Fear. But first, a bit of background information.
The band took their name quote from a quote in Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 movie Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal): “We must make an idol of our fear and that idol we shall call God.” They recorded a three-song demo in 2013, and now plan to release their debut full-length on November 18, 2014.
The album includes 8 tracks, its total length is 44 minutes, it was mixed by Jeff Wardell, and it was mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio. The cover art is by the viciously talented Mark Riddick.
Okay, enough background. What about the music?
The title track is difficult to classify in genre terms. You may hear elements of melodic death metal and black metal and perhaps some other stylistic devices as well. But regardless of what genre label(s) you might think most accurate, what the song delivers is dark, dynamic music performed with a lot of impressive instrumental flair, a deft balance of memorable melody and scathing aggression, and the kind of vocals you can understand — at the same time as they are gnashing voraciously through flesh and bone.
Those are my impressions. Here’s a comment from the band’s vocalist/guitarist Austin Meyers about the song:
The title track “All Sights Affixed, Ablaze” was penned during the depths of a dark winter. It is a lyrical blend of perseverance, strength, and exertion of the will through frigid existence. Our music has these themes of power and struggle that tend to reoccur, though it naturally ventures into different realms as well.
The album is available for pre-order now via the Bandcamp link below, and you can follow Idol of Fear on Facebook at this location. Hope you enjoy the title track as much as I do.