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Iron Flavoured Candles

This might be one of the most unique releases that’s landed on my desk this year. It opens with the funk-thrash mouthful of a song, “When You’ll Realize that the Sun Will Rise Up Being a Black Hole.” Imagine Max Cavalera providing vocals for Primus, and you might have a rough idea of what this sounds like. It’s certainly an interesting combination.Unfortunately, things go  downhill from there with the rap number “Y.A.K.” The metal’s mostly gone on this number in favor of a more laid-back sound with an angry rastafarian rap delivery from vocalist Lion. The rest of the record weaves its way in and out of trip-hop, rap, funk and some essentially white noise pieces, with only sporadic blasts of metal. It’s  trippy, moody and all over the map. It has occasional entertaining moments, but I feel like I’d have to be on a wide variety of drugs to truly connect with everything that’s going on. Sober, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

I’m always willing to admit when a record just isn’t for me, and that’s the case here. I’m sure there are people out there who will consider Iron Flavoured Candles absolute genius. You probably know who you are. By all means, enjoy it.

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Written by Fred Phillips
July 18th, 2008

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