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

If you have ever been to the palatial worldwide headquarters of heavy As Fuck, you know of the plethora of CD’s that litter the mail room. With so man to chose from it can be tough on decided on which ones to listen to. Being the metal guru that I am, any cover that has a dragon, or skull or scantily clad lady always ensures listening. If you happen to have all three, you go to the top of the stack. The other way is to have such an unusual name that you stand out. That is how I chose Clinging To The Trees Of a Forest Fire. Bad grammar aside, how could you resist that?
Now on to the music, the band describes themselves as a mixture of grindcore and doom. That is actually a apt one, since their sound has the fastness,  punkyness and shouty-ness of grindcore that gets accented with the  slow and heavy of doom.  That combination, while at odds with one another, gives the band a uniqueness that helps separate them. You go from a one minute bash fest of  “Shat At My Bones” to 5-minutes of desolation and haunting of “Gold Frankincense & Myth”. That pattern is repeated throughout the album giving it a b-polar nature.
The band has a very misanthropic lyrical approach that calling it cynical or pessimistic would not be enough. While understanding the lyrics would be tough due to the vocal stylings, just by looking at songs titled “Bouquet of Self Pity”,  “I Walked Away From the Human race”, and “They Smeared Shit on Their Skin So they Could Blend In At Night” Those three alone should let you know that there are no shoe-gazing, emo wannabe songs from this group. It is safe to say that their words are as brash and gloomy as their music.
While Clinging is a unique band there just wasn’t a lot to grab on to. While this music does have a certain  “stay away” ethos to it, it comes across as crazy for the sake of being crazy. Stylistically, the abrasiveness seems to me the main desire not necessarily a song. Which I think will keep most Metal fans away from this. Fans of grindcore may like this but they may be turned off by the slow passages.

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