Idol of Fear – All Sights Affixed, Ablaze (2014)
R.I.Y.L. – Shining, Craft, The Chasm, Ascension, Nachtmystium
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Label: Self Release
Distribution: Bandcamp, iTunes
ISRC Codes #: CAQ0O1400001-08
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Sales Links: Bandcamp
Highlight #1 on January 2015 Canadian College Radio Loud Charts (Earshot)
“the song (All Sights Affixed, Ablaze) delivers is dark, dynamic music performed with a lot of impressive instrumental flair, a deft balance of memorable melody and scathing aggression, and the kind of vocals you can understand — at the same time as they are gnashing voraciously through flesh and bone.” – No Clean Singing
“All Sights Affixed, Ablaze from Barrie’s Idol of Fear impresses right from the get-go with “Vanquish.” It lays the foundation for the album with a black metal base. The lead guitars are fantastic. They cut through the heaviness and burrow deep in your head. Screaming and screeching, they are nonetheless nearly permanently imbedded in my brain….an ambitious and exciting debut deserving of far more recognition in the melodic black metal arena.” – Hellbound
“one listen of this track (All Sights Affixed, Ablaze) and you’ll find all sorts of influences and shifts in tone, but it’s all dark and weighty. ” – Yell Magazine
“Idol of Fear is one of the best surprises of 2014 in the realm of black metal. Captivating from start to finish, All Sights Affixed, Ablaze, the first album from this Barrie (Ontario) band stands out from your average black metal band.” – Metal Made In Canada
“The music is consistently strong, heavy, and brutal, but it also has a melodic quality undergirding the whole thing, particularly in the guitars. Listen to the music and you’ll hear it, a melodic high end that tracks the heaviness, much like a bird of pretty circling its way closer and closer to its kill…Together, the band members have created some ambitious and edgy extreme metal. This is a solid debut from a band to watch!” – Sea of Tranquility
“Using some kind of awesome power, Idol Of Fear manages to take all the doom and gloom of operatic Black Metal and combine it with the tonal complexity of Death Metal all in a fresh and new way that I haven’t heard before. The appropriately titled “Morning Star” has some great moody lead guitar and totally unbending hard as granite riffs that are bound to make you turn pale and start barking at the moon. The “It” trilogy near the end of the album really bares the mark of genius; I lost count of all the spine tingling moments. It all culminates in a truly terrorizing “It Tyranizes” which is by far composed of the heaviest riffage on the album. This band is definitely ambitious, they aren’t afraid to sound huge. In fact it sounds like they’ve kissed the garage goodbye for a much larger rehearsal space; a mountains ridge a top the mighty Rocky’s.” – Absolute Underground Mag
“Throughout it all: the wailing guitar. I keep coming back to that sound that paints the dominant colors here in the picture that is All Sights Affixed, Ablaze. The guitar solos and leads are the real “vocals,” while the harsh yells and screams provide nearly instrumental texture in support. I don’t usually give away spoilers but this album has just an epic finish. Make this the last music you hear before heading outside on a dark, crisp night. You’ll feel the air differently.” Metal Storm
” This is extreme experimental Metal Canadian style; it sits menacingly across the chasm between death and black reinforced by its own innovative edge. It’s dark and dynamic with a good balance between melody and aggression, the vocals are harsh and scathingly raw yet clearly definable but the unique edge for me is the high melody that has a skilled off kilter edge and it’s the combination between these two that gives this album appeal by the truckload an aspect that runs the entirety of the release.” – Metal Talk
“the band creates an imposing and immersive soundscape of extreme metal which comes with a blackened heart and experimentally fuelled provocation. It is a fiercely challenging and rewarding confrontation as evidenced by the band’s debut album All Sights Affixed, Ablaze, eight individual torments which align for one grievous and pestilential seduction of ears and imagination.” – Ring Master Reviews
“Idol Of Fear lays out dark and “deceptive” album with their debut full length titled All sights Affixed, Ablaze.” – Kingston Music Reviews
“…the highlight of the album for me is the album’s title track, which is catchy in its dissonant music…
For a first release, this is a very good album on which to build a lengthy and prosperous career. It will appeal to lots of people, and you will most likely love it if you enjoy experimental music. This is well worth checking out.” – Metal Temple
“Surprise fortement agréable que cette formation ontarienne qui donne dans le métal très sombre. Idol of Fear adore tâter à gauche et à droite, question de piger dans de nombreux styles musicaux qui demeurent métalliquement sinistres, comme de raison…Plutôt intéressant!” – Voir
“Idol Of Fear expel a nice level of energy to create a blackened crafted set of songs…” – Brutalism
“Their music has the necessary aggression and energy, yet there is an intelligence behind it, a questioning of things. Lyrically, Idol of Fear are spot on, as evidenced on ‘Morningstar’ : ‘Eerie twilight brings the dark/And musty comfort of nostalgic decay/The shearing dissonance, exciting fear/In the terrible purity of a nascent nightmare.'” – Destructive Music
“The first full length from Ontario quartet Idol of Fear kind of snuck under the radar at the end of last year, but better late than never – especially since this is one debut that will make you sit up and take notice… well-conceived and mindfully executed.” – Metal Rules
2. Morningstar (6:19)
3. Circle of Vortices (5:27)
4. All Sights Affixed, Ablaze (6:20)
5. It Demands (3:30)
6. It Militates (5:15)
7. It Tyrannizes (6:49)
8. Carrion (5:55)
Album Length: 44:01
- All songs performed by: Idol of Fear
- All songs written by: Idol of Fear
- Produced by: Idol of Fear, Jeff Wardell
- Mixed by: Jeff Wardell
- Mastered by: Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio
Album and Live Band Line Up: Austin – guitar/vocals, Dave – guitar, Johnny – bass/vocals, Doug – drums
2014 – All Sights Affixed, Ablaze L.P.
2013 – Scavenger E.P.
L-R: Dave Bach (Guitar), Austin Myers (Vocals/Guitar), Johnny (Bass), Doug Belcourt (Drums) – Photo Credit: Idol of Fear
“We must make an idol of our fear and that idol we shall call God.”
It’s with this powerful quote from Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 movie Det Sjunde Inseglet (The Seventh Seal) that Ontario’s Idol of Fear was born.
Focusing on abstract, slicing melodies paired with upfront aggression and compelling vocal energy, Idol of Fear’s music stands apart in that it can, like the band’s moniker, be interpreted in different ways, depending upon an individual’s perception of society, the self, humankind and the universe.
Idol of Fear’s debut full-length album, All Sights Affixed, Ablaze mixed by Jeff Wardell and mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio is testament to that. A lyrical blend of perseverance, strength and exertion of the will, it is likely to leave metal fans feeling its intensity and dynamic power upon first listen.
Best defined as undefinable and undeniable, Idol of Fear is the definition of creative destructive freedom.