Thursday, 24 May 2012

Not Of This Earth

Probably every other post I whittle on about being old. One of the things about getting older is that you get less excited about stuff generally. But especially with music. I don't get anywhere near as excited anywhere near as often as I used to 15 years ago or so. But this record here definitely did have me excited. The new (and in fact, debut) album from Fire & Ice.

Good old Mike turned me onto this band. he practically threatened to kick my ass if I didn't give them a listen. He knew that I liked both Iron Boots and Down To Nothing, and he also knew I would like Fire & Ice. However, I don't think he could have figured exactly how much I would like this band. It was my soundtrack to last summer's bike rides, and this album has arrived just in time for summer 2012. Rad.

First thing I have to say is that I love the name of the album, 'Not Of This Earth', and the front cover art.

Also love the back cover. Silhouettes of dudes in hoods. Although, is it just me, or is this heavily inspired by Supertouch?

The colours pressed for this thing were 300 on black, 700 on blue and 1,000 on white. Partly because I am a sucker, and partly because the prices were very reasonable, I could not help but pick up all three.

The little sticker in the top corner of the cover made me chuckle. "Richmond VA's most promising hardcore outfit is here...". Strikes me as a funny choice of words. I mean, 'promising' - that kinda implies they aren't very good, but have potential. But also, the whole purpose of the sticker in the first place. I mean, seriously, what's the point?

I've had this for four days now and listened to it three or four times a day. It's pretty much as good as I expected. The opening riff of the first song though is SOOO good. I only wish it lasted longer. But then again, I could say that for the whole album. It needs to be abuot five minutes longer. I ride my bike from Richmond to Hammersmith and back each day, and the album finishes about five minutes before I reach my destination, which is quite simply not good enough.

3 comments:

Mike said...

"Smoke it, Groater!" It took a couple of spins for it to grow on me, but damn, this is a great album.

J@oldschoolslobberknocker said...

I've with you Mike, I blogged about this lp after only two listens and thought it was good but not outstanding. Further listens are quickly changing my mind. Future lesson maybe.

Lecky said...

It sounds like you need to ride your bike a bit faster.