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Review: Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
The Fire I Long For

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 43:58
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 16, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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The Fire I Long For is the fourth album from Swedish doom band Avatarium and my first time hearing them. Right off the bat, it is obvious Avatarium have nailed the reverb-laden guitars and pulsing tempos of '70s doom. Cuts like "Rubicon" and "Porcelain Skull" have that creepy, occult vibe pioneered by Sabbath and Pentagram. "Rubicon" especially, and this is going to sound weird, has a minor-key melody and vocal lines not far removed from "Witchy Woman" from The Eagles (a metal version of "Witchy Woman," maybe). Singer Jennie-Ann Smith has a clear, strong voice and handles the doom songs and the ballads equally well. Speaking of the ballads, "Lay Me Down" is a sort of psychedelic rock song but the title track and "Stars They Move" have a touch of gothic metal in their mournful melodies and introspective lyrics with "Stars They Move" one of the more memorable tracks on the album as it wouldn't have been out of place if Adele was singing it (and I mean that as a compliment).

The Fire I Long For isn't the heaviest doom album out there with its hard rock influences and slower ballads but it is beautifully written and played from start to finish. The adventurous doom fan or anyone that enjoys gothic metal, especially female-fronted, should give this a listen.

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