Cult of Fire [Czech Republic]
Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně
Iron Bonehead Productions
Cult of Fire‘s last album मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान left many fans of black metal extremely captivated, with the band fusing Vedic elements into their songwriting and their lyrical inspirations. It is with even higher expectations that the band this year releases a brand new EP, Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně, leaving the Vedic and Indian inspirations behind and going back once more to their Czech roots.
With the band paying tribute to two rivers, of which the two tracks on Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně are named after, it is hardly surprising that right from the start of Vltava there is a strong folkish and almost viking vibe. The entire vibe and somewhat heroic atmosphere, with the riffs and the epic percussions quickly brings bands like Bathory to mind, but as soon as the song begins proper with the first guitar lines of Infernal Vlad, the influences from other acts such as Nokturnal Mortum become even clearer. The entire atmospheric style that the band indulges in on Vltava and Váh can get rather reminiscent of acts like Woods of Desolation as well.
The band’s songwriting skills are also pushed on this record, showing a vastly different side of the band. For instance, Váh stirs up a nice, melancholic emotion in the listener, and is one thing that is remarkably different from what Cult of Fire has shown thus far with Triumvirát and मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान. Furthermore, Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně is a completely instrumental record, and it almost feels as though the intention of the band is for the listener to focus completely on the atmosphere conjured by the music and not be distracted by anything else, even if it meant being devoid of vocals.
The entire production of Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně is extremely polished, further bringing out that whole epic feel of the record, and making it an extremely immersive record to listen to. One quickly finds himself lost in the entire soundscape of Cult of Fire‘s brilliance on their fourth studio release.
While it was revealed that Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně was initially intended to be a follow up to Cult of Fire‘s debut full length Triumvirát, musically speaking this seemed more like a logical follow up to what they had already shown fans with मृत्यु का तापसी अनुध्यान. Whatever it is though, Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně is one hell of a beautiful record.