In Case of Fire
Align the Planets


4.5
superb

Review

by Cal Lewis USER (10 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2009 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In Case of Fire are a band that make an impression, create music about subjects that need to be put out there, need to be heard.

It's been a long time coming for Northern Irish trio In Case of Fire, but finally they were able to put out their debut album, Align The Planets. They signed with Search and Destroy via PIAS Recordings after originally recording the album in 2007 in their home town of Portadown. They then headed back into the studio with Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Feeder) and re-recorded the 12 tracks last spring. The result is a truly endearing product.

The band is made up of brothers Steven (vocals, guitar) and Colin Robinson (drums, percussion), and completed with bassist Mark Williamson. Their sound draws comparisons of early Muse material and hints of Queens of The Stone Age. Producing hard hitting progressive rock that implements unusual time signatures, as well as hardcore influenced intensity. Steven Robinson showcases his stunning vocal talent, from soft, almost spoken delivery to a full on soaring pitch.

The songs are fuelled from slow pace intros that build up and change to consistent heavy riffs, fast paced chord changes and distorted bass lines. In Case Of Fire are a band that make an impression, create music about subjects that need to be put out there, need to be heard. Social injustice, war, child abuse and personal tragedy are the topics explored within the songs. Often asking more questions than providing answers.

"This Time We Stand" and "Do What I Say" are early album standouts (not that there is any dip in quality across the whole disc). Blending hard edged riffs and pummelling drums with mesmeric melodies. "Parallels" and "Sorrow" deal with the death of the Robinson brothers' father. The former introduces a haunting string section, brilliantly capturing the tragedy with delicate passages before a powerful middle section.

"Plan A" includes a spoken dialog of Martin Luther King underneath superb guitar work and frenzied drums, while "Enemies" is reminiscent of QOTSA's "Little Sister". Things continue and get even better with latter tracks like "Violence and Pictures" and "A Pale New Costume", before the 43 minutes of play ends in magnificent fashion with "Second Revelation". The constant chord progressions and stop-start dynamics further showcase the musical ability of the three-piece and especially Steven Robinson's guitar work.

In Case of Fire have created a truly memorable debut album, engrossing the listener with the heartfelt delivery and utilizing their vast instrumental abilities. Any fan or prog and alternative rock should take note; you may be hearing a lot more from In Case of Fire in the future.

4.5/5



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fireaboveicebelow
July 2nd 2009


6837 Comments


based on the recs I won't like this at all, but the review is mostly solid except

Their sound draws comparisons of early Muse material and hints of Queens of The Stonage.
should be Stone Age

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2009


44482 Comments


Stonage reminds me of Encino Man. Classic Brendan Frasier and Pauley Shore and thr hobbit guy.

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

LostLikeTearsInRain
July 2nd 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fireaboveicebelow, cheers for the correction. I've amended that now


Pebster49
July 3rd 2009


2992 Comments


Listened to "Plan A" sounds pretty awesome. They also kind of remind me of Fair to Midland sort of...

Titan50
July 3rd 2009


4588 Comments


Need to get this. I like their attitude towards rock and roll as well

SuperDuck
July 3rd 2009


327 Comments


I saw these dudes live, pretty good show

foreverendeared
July 3rd 2009


14678 Comments


In case of fire, BREAK the glass and move on into your oooown!

Lost251
July 8th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review mate, enjoying it a lot at the moment

cb123
March 16th 2010


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very impressed with this anyone know if they are planning anything in the future?

NorwichScene
October 3rd 2012


1436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

UnderOath and ICOF splitting up in the same week, bad times : (

cb123
October 3rd 2012


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awww man we don't get a follow up to this beauty?

NorwichScene
October 3rd 2012


1436 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Afraid not. Thought this band would do well at the time, ohh well another one bites the dust

thumbcrusher
June 14th 2013


3595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

brilliant album



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