Iron Bonehead Productions
December 8th, 2014
Release length: 13:14
“Vltava” starts off slow, but the Middle Eastern cleaner hooks make it just as grand an entrance as the halfway point becomes. By then the drums reach their peak, blasting away with machine gun precision with a gong being struck in the background, adding a great deal of emphasis to this powerful instrumental that sends you on a grand journey across the deserts with your fellow marauders. This hot, tense performance will have you on the edge of your seat better than any major Hollywood blockbuster adventure could this day and age, but the Arabian days turn into nights shortly after with “Vàh”. The water starts to pour slowly, as if run-off from a stream finding the ledge of a hill as a storm hits, cooling the terrain down for the first two minutes. This atmosphere remains alive in the faster Black Metal performance that, while incredibly relaxing thanks to the echoed chords that present a bit of an eighties vibe with Depressive Black Metal values, it manages to skirt the line between sad and emotional leads when not being abrasive enough to keep you on your toes.
Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně is one of those rare instrumental releases that manages to illicit a wide range of emotions without ever coming off as if the band is even trying to get that sort of reaction from the listener, which is pretty damn impressive in its own right. Moving from day to night is simply one song away, as well as a simple flip of the vinyl. One minute your racing across the desert, and the next relaxing at an oasis as a storm washes all your cares and desires away. Every little piece to Cult of Fire‘s sound works together flawlessly to create these grand audio landscapes that even some of the most seasoned Progressive Rock virtuosos fail to accomplish. If you have yet to hear this criminally underrated Black Metal three-piece, Čtvrtá Symfonie Ohně is easily one of the best places to start.
01. Vltava – 6:09
02. Vàh – 7:06
|Initial Pressing Score: 9.5/10