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You've got to respect this kind of determination and dedication.
FIREAXE is a solo project by Brian Voth. What he's done is taken eight classic poems by horror icon H.P. Lovecraft and turned them into songs. Then, to sweeten the pot, he accepted two poems (both similar in theme and style to Lovecraft's work) from a friend, Octavio Ramos, and turned them into songs as well.
Music in hand, Voth recorded the 10-track album in its entirety in an apartment bedroom on a Yamaha MT8XII 8 track recorder. He then mixed it at a studio called Goofy Lucy's, got a friend named Kevin Dvorscak to put together some really cool cover and interior art, and Dave Smith burned off copies with a CDR.
Voth's labors paid off. Big time.
The end result
is a haunting tribute that any Lovecraft fan is sure to enjoy. The music
is mostly Metal, ranging from the wailing ballads harkening back to the
80's all the way to the crunch of modern times.
The length of the tracks are further evidence of the work Voth put into this CD. The shortest track is 4 minutes 25 seconds, with the bulk of them running an average of about seven minutes. The longest, "Nathicana", is an epic 15 minutes 15 seconds long.
The CD is
very well put-together, and I heard only one brief skip in one track.
I would have put a little more volume into the vocals on one or two of
the tracks, as they were competing hard with the music, but other than
that there were no problems.
For ordering or similar information, click on the album cover or contact Voth directly via email. Or go HERE, for tracks in MP3 format and download a few. "Beyond Zimbabwe" and "Nightmare Lake" are available off this album, and there are a few tracks from another FIREAXE CD, A DREAM OF DEATH.
I give LOVECRAFTIAN NIGHTMARES four skulls.
This review copyright 1999 E.C.McMullen Jr.