SETMEONFIRE – Lowtech

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label URL: Independent
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://setmeonfire.bandcamp.com
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/SETMEONFIREBand

Band Line-up:

Cameron Eyre
Oliver Freeth
Stuart Pearson
Alex Milovic
Kieran Jackson

Tracklisting:

1. Lowtech
2. Nerve
3. Creature
4. Perfect Hell
5. Terminal
6. Compliance
7. The Expedition
8. Deathbed
9. Patterns
10. Save Me
11. Rebirth

Review:

Setmeonfire are a metal band with 90s alternative rock, modern day electronica, drum & bass and hip hop influences and they will be releasing their debut album ‘Lowtech’ on 1st March. The band’s aim is to be free of the restraints of genres and to reflect the musician’s cores. Cameron states: ‘For me this project gives me the opportunity to explore all my influences from when I first got into music to what is inspiring me today… The most important thing to me is to intuitively make music that is fun to write, listen to and perform’.

The band may claim to be free spirits who are liberated in terms of form, but really they have a rather typical electro rock style that shares many traits with groups such as Enter Shikari and Crossfaith. That’s nothing to be embarrassed about, SMOF aren’t ripping them off, just don’t be mislead by what they claim. The music is very well written in that the synths and guitars go together naturally (a very strange thought for many hardened metal fans) and the former don’t take any of the power away from the material, despite their lighter nature.

Unfortunately however, many of the songs on this album are fairly similar to each other. The drum and bass ideas could be taken further and the hip hop ones are minimal. If they were expanded upon, things would have been improved significantly. The vocal melodies at least partly save the band as they are full of life and passion and are reasonably well composed. They’re not all time classics but as intended, they are lots of fun to hear. You can have too much fun in the writing process though, as coming up with truly superior ideas is often hard work, frustrating if not at times boring.

In conclusion, this is good music if a little repetitive after a while, and it would have been nice if they expanded on their more esoteric influences. However, they have really polished what they’ve come up with. The production is thick, crystal clear and highly professional (though maybe overproduced for some) and the energy coming from all the performers is very desirable and is great to mosh/party to. Recommended listening.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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