we set fire to the sky

by CHILDREN OF GOD

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CHILDREN OF GOD "we set fire to the sky" LP
vendetta records # 76

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released December 16, 2014

"The Orange County hardcore/sludge band’s newest aural offering, and their first full-length, is one of the most relentlessly intense records of 2013 so far and likely to be for the rest of the year. This intensity is mirrored by some changes in the band themselves, particularly in the fact that they have chosen to release the record entirely on their own, and according to the band they really tried to push the limits for this one.

“Since this band’s inception we have always tried to evolve and progress in our sound and this release is the next chapter in this band’s search for something more” – so read a recent blog post from the band and it couldn’t be more true. We Set Fire To The Sky is something more. Meshing grinding hardcore with brooding sludge, there are moments on this album that sound like [R]evolution of a Sun or Black Monolith only to be contrasted by sludgier shades like Old Man Gloom and there’s an undeniable sheen of Neurosis influence at play here too. It results in a 30 minute barrage of indescribable anguish and vitriol but also invigorating catharsis, evidenced by the opening grinding salvo of ‘Destroy Belief’ soon combated by the eerie and melancholic ‘Awaken’.

With themes of personal and social isolation, We Set Fire To The Sky is drenched in feelings of unease, desperation and trepidation. This is no more evident than with the seven minute album centrepiece, ‘Where Do They Go?’, first starting with creeping whispers that erupt into a hail of devastating riffing and almost d-beat aggression, which is intent on leaving you reeling and as a dizzying miasma takes control, the album closer, ‘Unknown’, ends the record on a deliriously unforgiving and dissonant note.

If there’s one way to describe We Set Fire To The Sky, it’s imposing. It’s a theme backed up by the LP’s artwork, which masters the art of saying so much with so little. Its design doesn’t give away much detail as to the sounds and vibes held within the record, which would be difficult to justly articulate. It’s a record that grinds and pummels but also mesmerises and enthrals, all in equal measure." ( cvltnation )

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Track Name: destroy belief
Wake and give way to new life. Thoughts uncoil your world.
Exiled to a place where truth deceives. Cast stones to the clouds. The answers lie in the ground.
Track Name: awaken
Burn; world. Your flames will guide the way. Burn; world. Set fire to belief.
Track Name: unrelenting storm
A storm devours us all. It infects our lives. It crashes against our will, unrelenting. They sense our fears. They read our minds. The flameless hearts that bleed out will drown the walls. They watch. They listen. They watch as their kingdom falls. The roads lead nowhere. The heavens are illusions and we want revenge. Destroy. Destroy, unrelenting.
Track Name: offer
All that is, all that was, I lay down to this world that beats my flesh. It's shell will heal. God with lies, I pray to you now. Giver of love, giver of life. They claw at my skin and when I speak my pain is not lessened. They strike me down. They live inside. They're from inside. All my gods fell before me.
Track Name: to the sky ( I )
When it all breaks down, see your sky crash down. Pick the pieces from flesh, your wounds bleed out. Your world built on hope comes to an end. Your shell left hollow, your fears cut in your arms, their fears in our eyes.
Track Name: to the sky ( II )
I stand before the illusion of heaven. Cast stones to the sky, where saints kneel for direction and we burn it all down.
Track Name: where do they go ?
Choked by hands of god and the snakes of time. We watch as those who seethe bleed the soil dry. They answer your prayers and they take your life. They form in our dreams, they are all of us. And who will be put to rest when the time comes? Where will the bodies lie? When the earth is dry? Where will your preachers lie when it's their time? Directions bleed to one under the dying sun and with the ground we are one.
Track Name: unknown
All that is, your words were etched in our skin. Guiding light, I have visions of the end. I am a product of sin, I come from within, I am your burning son (there is no other one) I am your dying sun (the light thats dying). Clenching, breathing, dying. I am failure, I name you destroyer, I name you corrupter. Destroyer.