Written by: Tales_of_Deception
Let’s just admit it, we live in a world where imitating the previous generation is something that has to be done if we wish to find our own way in this world. We live, copy, find our true selves, and make our own concrete path through a jungle that is filled with wicked beings, wanting nothing more than to destroy the spectacle that you may be becoming. The same goes for musical acts in today’s world. It’s a game of cat and mouse. The newer bands are trying to achieve a different level of creativity but before they do that, imitation has to be, in some form or another, a part of who they are. One of the front runners of that ship is Necrofier.
Visions In Fire is a three track EP from some Texas dudes that, in all honesty, probably don't give two shits what any of us think. With the record lingering right at the twelve minute mark, it's a tough job to really gather an opinion on what you heard the first time around. For me, it took several full listens but the more it played over and over, the more I realized that it's exactly what I was talking about in the previous paragraph. Imitation is great in music, as long as you do it nearly better, if not way better, than the person before. In this case, Necrofier really brings that 1349 vibe nearly on the whole EP. Not complaining though, because the haze, fuzz, distortion and complete wall of hades that comes with Visions In Fire, is exactly what I want when it comes to a mammoth record like this.
The thunderous guitar riffs that are blazing by you as you enter the gates of hell along with the berserk drumming that Dobber Beverly is known for, how could anyone not be pleased with what they're hearing?! Don't think for a second though that vocalist, Christian Larson, and bassist, Mat Aleman, are the weak bones in this body of black metal glory. Without these two, I don't think Necrofier would have the armor that is has going forward. They're a trio that I would, eventually, put on par with Absu, if they keep moving forward with such power and a mentality similar to a "get the fuck out of our way or die with everyone else".
Visions In Fire is exactly the record you need, deserve, and have been waiting for. It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to combining melodic and black metal. The fact that melodic black metal has sort of lost it’s way, at least to me, in the last couple of years, I’m very pleased to see a band that is not scared to imitate what they see is the best out right now. According to me though, Necrofier and Visions In Fire has nearly surpassed my love for 1349. Which says a lot considering this is a debut EP, and 1349 have been at it for a good amount of time.
As always though, the review above is just my opinion on the matter. In reality, it's up to you to create what you think about Visions In Fire and Necrofier as a whole. So, you know the deal from here! Tell me to fuck off and make the jump to their bandcamp page to check it out for yourself.
A certain groggy-eyed, highfalutin' peasantry