SIEGE FIRE, THE: Dead Refuge: LP

Jan 19, 2016

This is a crust band, much like many that have come before, and like those that will surely come after. It’s brutal, loud, and furiously fucking fast. Layered throughout the album are some pretty sweet hardcore breakdowns, but the majority of this record is a shit ton of sweet metal leads mixed with crunchy guitar riffs. If I had to pick anything especially distinguishable out from this band, it’d be the vocals. Very high pitched in tone, yet still gritty and gruff. The singer adds a level of intensity that I don’t think would carry over with any other vocalist; there’s a great amount of anger and desperation in his voice. And the lyrics are smart, as one would come to expect with this genre. You’re getting lines like: “This new world / a barren scar at the heart of a sovereign state.” I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again here, this is my preferred music to fall asleep to. Something about the absolute chaos of it really lets me relax. There are even a few songs that are just really atmospheric and chilling. For some people, mainly the crust uninitiated, it may come off as creepy and unsettling. But for me, it comes across as super melodic and comforting.

 –Kayla Greet (1859,