Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire
Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
June 7th, 2010 | 45 replies | 13,799 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A satisfyingly doom-infused grindcore album. Pure and pissed off.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE!!!!! Welcome to Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation, the sophomore album by Clinging To the Trees of a Forest Fire.

Apparently following in the vein of fellow ire-grinders Anaal Nathrakh, Denver grindcore outfit Clinging To the Trees of a Forest Fire emulsify furious depressing grind with definite ties to doom metal. You may think the crazy-fast genre and the crushingly slow genre cancel each other out, but one need only listen to “Gold Frankincense Myth” or “Recession” to find that they actually go together incredibly well.

Despite the obvious Nathrakh similarities, CTTTOAFF are surprisingly creative for a grindcore outfit without a discogrind or pornogrind gimmick. Without lyrics and only reading into song titles, I’d make an educated guess that CTTTOAFF’s lyrical themes focus more on self-loathing, hatred, and depression (big surprise).Their riffage undergoes appropriate and refreshing mid-song changes and their jumps from plodding doomcore to raging grind keep you enraptured. Vocalist Ethan, despite looking like Jonathan Davis after a Burger King binge, is incredibly talented and his growls and shrieks are adequately variant.

To get the best idea of the musical aptitude of CTTTOAFF, look no further than “Made of Coal”. At 3 minutes, it’s the second longest song on the album. It contains a killer grindcore intro and then forays off into hints of doom and even post-metal. Here the similarities to Discordance Axis are apparent. At several points I was reminded of “A Leaden Stride To Nowhere”. On the final track, “Remove the Light”, there is a lengthy voice-over of a baby crying continually while a woman whispers cryptically. Only occasionally does a short but unsettling riff interrupt this incredibly creepy affair. All of these aspects make apparent CTTTOAFF’s style upgrades since their first album, 2008’s Omega Drunk On the Blood of Alpha, which lacked almost any doom at all.

Songs of Ill Hope and Desperation is well-titled. It is also a very impressive doom-grind outing that may prophesize future greatness for Clinging To the Trees of a Forest Fire. There is a very obvious and heartening evolution to CTTTOAFF since their debut and if they continue this streak there will be no shortage of satisfying grind in the future.



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ThyCrossAwaits
June 7th 2010



3005 Comments


not exactly lengthy, but I did it in about 20 minutes. its nice to review again...

combustion07
June 7th 2010



5303 Comments


Good review, I want this

ThyCrossAwaits
June 7th 2010



3005 Comments


its surprisingly good.

Thank god somebody commented, I felt like a leper.

Foxhound
June 7th 2010



4570 Comments


doom/grindcore sounds good.

Foxhound
June 7th 2010



4570 Comments


and jesus this shit is loud.

ThyCrossAwaits
June 7th 2010



3005 Comments


its really obvious doom parts too.

bloozclooz
June 7th 2010



1770 Comments


doom and a grindcore mix? sounds nasty.

ThyCrossAwaits
June 7th 2010



3005 Comments


nasty like awesome nasty

Bitchfork
June 7th 2010



7584 Comments


I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEE THIS BAND.


Zip
June 7th 2010



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Getting this, sounds tasty

Zip
June 7th 2010



5313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

* is tasty

ThyCrossAwaits
June 7th 2010



3005 Comments


indeed. 11's track title is ridiculous...ly awesome

HenchmanOfSanta
June 7th 2010



1643 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is intense.

ameypv
June 8th 2010



807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this needs to be dug.good review dude

qwe3
June 8th 2010



21154 Comments


damn this looks cool

Bitchfork
June 8th 2010



7584 Comments


qwe you'd like it

ThyCrossAwaits
June 10th 2010



3005 Comments


seriously loving this now actually. might bump up rating.

Freditron
June 16th 2010



23 Comments


I like this.

BallsToTheWall
June 17th 2010



44164 Comments


This is good.

Wizard
June 18th 2010



18747 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album!

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