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November Coming Fire

November Coming Fire: DungenessDungeness (2006)
Reflections Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Reflections Records has distributed releases for a ridiculous number of solid-and-up hardcore acts in Europe (Converge, Breathe In, Daughters, Dead Hearts, Give Up the Ghost, Kill Your Idols, Psyopus, Modern Life Is War among others), so it shouldn't be a surprise that they choose quite a good band .
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Reflections Records has distributed releases for a ridiculous number of solid-and-up hardcore acts in Europe (Converge, Breathe In, Daughters, Dead Hearts, Give Up the Ghost, Kill Your Idols, Psyopus, Modern Life Is War among others), so it shouldn't be a surprise that they choose quite a good band to sign to the label themselves. Despite the questionable practice of a seemingly arbitrarily chosen month in their name, the United Kingdom's November Coming Fire actually play an incredibly refreshing style of progressive hardcore that hints at influences but mostly remains a unique, creative record on its own.

While there are a number of equally great uptempo tracks, Dungeness is essentially one fluid exercise in restraint. The band shows an incredible amount of it on tracks like opener "Blue Reigns" and the immensely methodical, wielding 7-minute-plus "Mascot." The former puts out a powerfully uprising feel, and while its beginning is one that does appear quite similar to Give Up the Ghost's "(It's Sometimes Like We Never Started)," it's also one that leads to desperate cries of "abandon hope / embrace loneliness / take your last breath, and fall into destitution," setting the mood for the duration of the record: harsh, dark, and unrelentingly damning. The latter finds the band exercising some doom metal influences in this particular drawn out affair, singing in a gloomy, melancholic fashion that they get away with perfectly and also use wonderfully in "Argonaut;" both songs in question even effectively use tambourine shaking.

But again, when November Coming Fire pick up the pace, they're most certainly effective just the same. In the back-to-back bangs of "Devil on the Shore" and "The Jackal," Gareth Evans shows a frantic urgency in his voice similar to the Hope Conspiracy's Matt Henderson. These, as well as "That Black House Made of Rubber," "Closure," and the bouncy old-school jam "Providence" are simply furious tracks with little studio gloss ruining the power and stomp; plenty of stop-starts flourish in the guitars, which exhibit a fully active dynamism sorely lacking in their peers.

Interestingly enough, influences from fellow blokes Black Sabbath pop up in the form of the band's low guitar tones, put forth in "Devil on the Shore" and the aforementioned "Argonaut," with bass-heavy dirges in "Instrumental No. 2" and "Queenliest Dead."

Dungeness is haunting, bleak, and conveys that mood perfectly, with numerous instances of the sounds of crashing waves and a layout that emphasizes dark skies and even blacker seas. 44-minute hardcore records are infrequent occurrences, but so are albums of that variety that are this good.

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spoon_of_grimbo (December 9, 2008)

picked this up today, it's proper good. these guys should never have broken up, this was worlds better than their previous stuff, if they'd kept progressing at that rate, we'd have a national institution on our hands by now.

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Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

'Does anyone understand the definition of "seemingly?"'

umm like, "kind of". or it seems at least to you.

Anonymous (April 10, 2006)

this album is the shit! amazing stuff.

i am told that the new Panic is hard rocking too. thumbs up for Reflections!

InaGreendase (April 9, 2006)

Does anyone understand the definition of "seemingly?"

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

"It's a place, apparently."

You're quite right. Some little coastal town (I think it's a town) which houses a nuclear power station and not a lot else.

Anonymous (April 9, 2006)

"Despite the questionable practice of a seemingly arbitrarily chosen month in their name".

Whoever you are you're a fuckwit. It's the Samhain album, these boys are fans. Still a great band but I preferred what they were doing a few years ago - it was just faster, more energetic and the crowd would be flying about, going wild. Now there's not so much movement at their shows which is unfortunate.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (April 9, 2006)

You're spot on about reflections.
This band has gotten so much better over the years. I remember seeing them, maybe, 5-6 years ago, being very generic, but this release is both solid and creative, which is more than i can say about most european hardcore.

Anonymous (April 8, 2006)

I really like the Athlete song "Dungeness".

It's a place, apparently.

JoshCBFL (April 8, 2006)

Dude, integrity isn't about sticking with something even if you don't agree. Intergrity is about doing the right thing.... Shitting your pants is NOT the right thing to do, either. Hah.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

i'll stick w/ samhain, thank you

insertcoolnamehere (April 7, 2006)

Hilarious.

fistchode (April 7, 2006)

Integrity is about sticking with something, even if you no longer agree with it. Like when I was 4 I liked to shit my pants, and if I stopped now, I'd have zero integrity.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

I heard that they were once a straight edge band up until recently and the singer who had sXe tatts on his neck now smokes and drinks! Hoorah for integrity. Give me Judge anyday.

Anonymous (April 7, 2006)

for fucks sake. arbitrary month. of course its a reference to samhain.fool.

TheOneTrueBill (April 7, 2006)

I bet it's named after the Samhain album title. That's actually what drew me to the review because I thought it was Samhain.

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