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Quest For Fire – Lights From Paradise

November 2, 2010 by  

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Quest For Fire – Lights From Paradise

NAME: Quest For Fire
ALBUM: Lights From Paradise
DATE: 8November2010

LABEL: Tee Pee Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Sludgy, potent. But not s***!

LOCATION: Toronto, Canada

LINE UP: Andrew Moszynski (guitar), Chad Ross (guitar, vocals), Mike Maxymuik (drums), and Josh Bauman (bass)

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: “’Lights From Paradise’ is a heavy meeting of all the music we love” is how Chad Ross, vocalist of the Toronto four-piece Quest For Fire, describes their latest output. Not much change from the first album then…

Contrary to his statement, however, opening track ‘The Greatest Hits By God’ unravels an alluring refinement to their usual psychedelic assault. This is accomplished by the inclusion of Three Silver Mt. Zion violinist Sophie Trudeau, whose subtle legato accompaniment creates a warm and adopting feel.

But do not fret, just as you begin to think that The Corrs had grown some balls (well, one of them maybe) and started smoking their green tea, second track ‘Set Out Alone’ provides meaning to Ross’ statement. The emergence of a stoner rock haze is quick to develop through a barrage of fuzzy layered guitars, loosely similar to fellow Canadians Black Mountain who recently toured with the band.

A likeness to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour is apparent in the vocals of ‘Strange Vacation’, which coupled with a distant echoing harmony create a dreamy cascade and ethereal sense of anxiousness. Ross’ vocals remain the selling point of the band, seemingly potent, whilst at times merely lapping over the distorted barrage of guitars.

Track-by-track whirlwinds of spacey riffs build like an elongated crescendo, slowly building in power and purpose. If preliminary tracks on the album were intended to gradually heat you up, then ultimate track ‘Sessions Of Light’ was designed to finally melt your face off. Reigning in at 9 minutes and 23 seconds, the track builds to a final two-minute onslaught, putting a fine metal sheen on a thick sludge that even Paula Radcliffe would be proud of.

SOUNDS LIKE: Kyuss, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You like a certain genre of rock music emblazoned with a name similar to a very very naughty cigarette.


Submitted By Matt Goodwin



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