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Fire Faithful / Press

"Fire Faithful bring that knack for metallic wordplay (an art unto itself) to a new degree.The album is called Please Accept this Invocation, and with songs like “Disgust is a Must” and the über-clever “Wonton Lavey,” it’s easy to imagine the trio don’t take themselves too seriously, but the atmosphere on the record is morose almost to the point of being dire, and though there are parts of it that are very, very metal, the start-stop double-kick from drummer Joss Sallade on “Dollar Bottomed Out” is more Lamb of God than Alamaba Thunderpussy the album seems more keen on developing a semi-cultish mood than posturing this way or that as either a “Southern” band or a “metal” one. And in that, Please Accept this Invocation is successful. Still, despite the impression finally being more about the overall moodiness and flow between the eight component tracks, there are several individual standouts, among them “A Devil in London,” “Flamingo,” “Wonton Lavey,

“Stoner Rock Review Part 2 Fire Faithful begin in force with “Company Loves Misery,” a doom ethic brought to life with tried and true shuffle riffage There’s something downtrodden in (Brandon's) voice that sits well over the more midpaced “Now We’ve Made a Memory,” and when he says, “Let me help rest your worried soul,” it sounds genuine. The sullenness of “Fire Faithful” comes across as the heaviness ebbs and flows. Their three songs are a gradual decline in mood, like a drunken night that starts out partying and ends with your wife pulled over to the side of the highway so I can puke my guts out at three in the morning. I’ve said too much. Having long been a proponent of this scene’s metal leanings, I’m glad to see Fire Faithful come out with three strong tracks that showcase their ability to write material that’s either catchy or depressive on a whim...”

Stoner Rock

“StonerRock.com Review for "Refuge for the Recluse" Part 1 Born of the same fertile sub-Mason Dixon underground that’s previously given rise to acts like Ol’ Scratch, Valkyrie, Vog and others you might see opening any given weekend for Weedeater or Earthride at Krug’s Place in Frederick, Maryland – essentially the home of doom on the Eastern Seaboard – Virginia’s Fire Faithful and the recently reinvigorated Lord join forces on the self-released Refuge for the Recluse split. These and bands from other locales like Caltrop, Backwoods Payback and OSSM have formed a network of post-Alabama Thunderpussy Southern metal, tinged to various degrees with stoner and doom elements, angry in different measures, but a cohesive scene nonetheless, so it’s not really a surprise that two acts would get together for a split. I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time it’s happened.”

Stoner Rock

“StonerRock.com Review for The The Witch Is In "...a jolt of good ol' fashioned southern boogie metal." "...Southern Vein hits a little heavier and harder, encroaching on Down's territory." ..."'Mindcuffed' is propelled by a simple, meaty bass riff and has a swing to it that's half shitkicker and half doom. ...'Welcome Mat.'... nicely sums up the strengths of the previous hard hitters and ends the whole shebang on a solid note. Good stuff."”

Stoner Rock

“The Witch is In 8.5/10 "...gets the mood flowing with some stomping Southern Rock style Stoner Metal." "Great musicianship is on display here as they charge through these tracks.Catchy and instantly memorable." "This is a great release that will please Stoner Rock fans and fans of classic 70's rock."”

Doom Metal Alliance
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