SLOW ORDER – Eternal Fire

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.argonautarecords.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eternal-Fire-Slow-Order/dp/B07QV534MK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=SLOW+ORDER+-+Eternal+Fire&qid=1560251882&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/sloworder/

Band line-up:

Minoz
Robby
Ale

Tracklisting:

1. Eternal Fire
2. Obsessive Tale
3. Serpent’s Son
4. Eclipse
5. Kanavar
6. The Hunter
7. Starweed
8. Black Mass

Review:

Slow Order are an instrumental stoner metal band from Bologna, Italy. They released their debut EP ‘Pyramid Toward Oblivion’ in 2011 and their first LP ‘Hidden Voices’ in 2014. Their works gained them much praise from both fans and the press, as well as the opportunity for them to share the stage with Pentagram, Karma To Burn, Avon, and others. In June 14th, they will unleash their sophomore album ‘Eternal Fire’ through Argonauta Records. 

To start this review off, it’s nice to hear instrumental rock music that isn’t about constant, senseless guitar shredding and drum beats so complicated, they’re borderline solos. (Think artists such as Tony Macalpine). That’s not to say this music is boring, because it isn’t. The well placed axe leads are highly tasteful and could be likened to Slash’s stuff, but a darker version of it. The riffs are equally stylish and are a mixture of groove metal power chords and single note ideas, with flavours of hard rock and sometimes even doom. They provide a great contrast to some of the lighter and more thoughtful concepts, such as the hypnotic acoustic guitars in ‘Eclipse’ and the sweet acoustics of ’Starweed’.

Whilst all of the above is great, the music is mostly lacking in melody. When tunes do appear, for example in ‘Starweed’ again, they are very basic and in this case, whilst pretty do little more than go up and down the scale. Because of that and despite the fact there are many textures in the music ranging from soft to hard to raging, ‘Eternal Fire’ feels more like background music than material you listen to whilst lying in bed doing nothing or whatever. On the plus side, the production is well done, it being neither too raw or overproduced and fake sounding. 

In conclusion, it’s refreshing that the solos in the vocal-less rock band aren’t totally overused. Rather, when they finish, they leave you wanting more, whilst at the same time they’re far from too rare. Everything is very well judged but there is just something extra that is needed. Having said that, as the riffs are so strong, one could quite happily listen to them for extended periods of time and you get a large variety of them, too. This music is recommended for those who are into instrumental rock and stoner music, but if you are into ultra flashy stuff, you may be disappointed. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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