It has been a little while since the Belgian dark-rock duo Baby Fire last featured.
Perhaps appropriately, marking their return to the site, a live version of the song Love Soup, which is a re-imagining of a track that was originally called Bureau d’échange du mal I: Bones Soup which was the seventh of the sixteen songs on their début LP No Fear.
The first track to surface from the album (itself available as a standalone single on bandcamp) I’m Not Dead – is a just over eight minute exposition of atmospheric instrumental rock that takes the listener in to a journey of imaginative interconnecting spacious melodies which have something of a celestial science-fiction feel in which time and motion become abstract notions.
I Am Death opens with bass strings so loose that it is possible to feel the twang of the steel springs through the speakers – meaning there is little likelihood I could pass by the first song to surface from the album without suggesting spending time in their company.
The Belgian alt-metal quartet Wound Collector release the LP Eternal Bloodcult on the 24th of May.
The first track to surface from the album Divine Music, Unholy Flesh – the fifth of the eight songs – showcases their twist to the core sound of death metal, with their deployment of three voices, winding guitar and tenor saxophone set to a pulverising bass and drum-kit.
The Belgian art-rock band Yew will be releasing the LP Bam Bam Bam on the 16th of March 2018.
The first song to surface from the album – Sacramento – which itself was released as a stand alone single, available on bandcamp, on the 15th – is a quiet blend of their origination of folk conjoined with arithmetical angles to deliver a just under four minutes reveal in which the listener becomes completely absorbed.
A plethora of strummed, picked and bowed instrumentation, muffled drum and hypnotic vocal are never overplayed with, akin to an orchestra, each musical interlocutor combining to create a greater sum than the individual elements.