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Sophomore Record from Stoner-Psych Squad Sails Into Outer Space; New Video, "Saviour of Man", Debuts
Fire Down Below
Belgium desert rock band Fire Down Below will release its new album, Hymn of the Cosmic Man, on June 8 via Ripple Music (Mothership, BANG!). The surging quartet -- once hailed as "a stoner version of Tool" -- created the LP as an outer space concept album detailing "a single soul against an unnamed threat to mankind." Hymn of the Cosmic Man was mixed for maximum trajectory by Brad Boatright (Windhand, SUNN O))), Bell Witch) and is the follow up to Fire Down Below's 2016 debut, Viper, Vixen, Goddess, Saint.
On Hymn of the Cosmic Man, Fire Down Below trades the hot desert winds of its debut for the cold desolation of outer space. "Saviour of Man", the first track released from the album, debuts in the form of a music video which builds on the album's cosmic concept. See and hear "Saviour of Man" at this location.
Fire Down Below "Saviour of Man" (official music video)
“We had this background story that guided us during the songwriting process,” explains bassist Bert Wynsberghe. “Yet we left it somewhat vague so that it wouldn’t limit us and we could still pursue ideas that were more ‘out there’. That really worked for us as we were able to explore new sonic territories. We’re excited to see what reactions we might get.”
In its short, but effectual time as a band, the sound of Fire Down Below has drawn comparison to international stalwarts such as Truckfighters, Red Fang and 1000mods, and now with Hymn of the Cosmic Man, the band shifts into overdrive, building on its background while establishing its own singular identity. From the swelling, album openers ‘Red Giant’ and ‘Ignition/Space Cruiser’, to the spectacularly progressive closer ‘Adrift In A Sea Of Stars’, Fire Down Below steps up and takes flight powered by soaring riffs, surging rhythms and a skyrocketing, singular vision.
1.) Red Giant
2.) Ignition / Space Cruiser
3.) Saviour of Man
4.) The Cosmic Pilgrim
7.) Adrift In A Sea Of Stars
Fire Down Below features Bert Wynsberghe (bass), Jeroen Van Troyen (guitar, vocals), Kevin Gernaey (guitar) and Sam Nuytens (drums). Follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.
"Rock n’ roll ain’t dead…stoner, classic, psyche, late 60s/early 70s style, etc., you just gotta look for the good stuff. Fire Down Below is pound for pound one of the best the style has to offer in current times." - TEETH OF THE DIVINE
supported by 112 fans who also own “Hymn of the Cosmic Man”
I love the fusing of Pink Floyd and sludge metal grooves on this album. That description is true, but leaves out the crafty songwriting and personal touch inherent in the songs. Recommended. Tim Halbur
supported by 93 fans who also own “Hymn of the Cosmic Man”
This third studio release from Sergeant Thunderhoof is the best the band have put togther and that is high praise as the first two were pretty damn great stuff. Picking a favoite track was a real chore, and a pleasure as it gave me an opportunity to spend more time with the album trying to pick. Mike Williams
supported by 90 fans who also own “Hymn of the Cosmic Man”
Redux Records have done a great job of putting together something at once familiar and spankingly new. It's a mammoth task to live up to the original (one of my favourite albums of all time), but these novel takes and psyched out jams are performed with panache! Purists may weep, but personally I think this is a great homage to the source material. Roll up and rock on! Reverend Crow