Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire
Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation

Imagine a crack head beating you in the head with a metal pipe. He then injects heroin into your head, beats you some more and tells diatribes of his life whilst speaking in tongues. If you can imagine this, then you’re close to what this album sounds like. Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire play a form of technical and experimental grindcore similar to bands such as Crowpath and Rise of Caligula.

With their second album on a different label they really haven’t changed their sound. They present us with another hatred fueled slab of grindcore insanity. These guys know how to go for the throat and tear open our jugulars (literally) leaving us to bathe and choke in our own blood. Seriously, I haven’t been this afraid in awhile.

From the opening blasts of “Teeth & Hair”, “Cloven” (recalling bands such as Napalm Death and Kill the Client) with their maniacal vocal onslaught and raging guitar work to the wretched and downright frightening “Gold Frankincense & Myth” that seriously plays with one’s ears. For its four and a half minute duration this song is beyond fucked up. Instantly bringing to mind Crowpath with the way they seamlessly go from sludge to chaotic grind and back again. The rest of the album tears through in a blink of an eye, that is until one listens to album closer “Remove the Light.” Its starts out with their normal grind approach but then an almost drone kind of feels sets in. A woman starts talking and it seems like she is talking to a crying baby but in a more psychotic manner. Eventually the pace quickens with a nasty blast beat and as the music fades we are left with a dirty taste in our mouths and an urge to hit the play button again.

The most refreshing thing I love about bands that play this style of grind is that the production isn’t crystal clear. Everything sounds dirty and disgusting and that’s the way it should sound. Seriously though if your looking for some good tunes that will grind your head into dust then one definitely has to check these dudes out.

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Written by Jesse Wolf
August 31st, 2010


  1. Commented by: Mark

    I like what I’ve heard of this album, might have to pick it up sometime

  2. Commented by: Biff_Tannen

    I thought we were over the fad of bands giving themselves names that sound like really bad song titles ?

  3. Commented by: grist

    You literally need to look up the definition of the word “literally.” Otherwise, pretty good review.

  4. Commented by: Jesse Wolf

    Thank you grist for the feedback.

  5. Commented by: xbenx

    I’ve had this for ages, thanks to this I will now play it after I get home from work tonight! Top review Jesse!

  6. Commented by: Jesse Wolf
  7. Commented by: Old Pick Axe

    These guys are savage, ruthless and raw.

    Much loved by…this guy!

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