Not content to coast on accolades that included being named among the “12 Alabama Bands You Need to Know Now” by Paste Magazine in 2013, the Troy, Alabama quintet Fire Mountain look to justify that praise on their debut LP, All Dies Down.
Having released two EPs in 2011, Of the Dust and Liars’ Cup, those stark, rustic songs only hinted at the band’s potential. Recorded and produced by Les Nuby (Verbena, Vulture Whale), All Dies Down dramatically captures and expands the true essence of the band’s sound. Still revolving around vocalist/guitarist Perry Brown’s passionate delivery on songs like the chugging “Fortress” and the solemn duet, “Traces,” lush instrumentation spreads the album’s ten songs across a wider sonic canvas, from the jangly opener “Be Your Eyes” to the raucous groove of “Wired and Dying.”
Carolina hues and mountains
Oh, she took my breath away
Mostly from the height and not the sights
Such casual asides lessen the tautness of Brown’s lyrics. Noting All Dies Down “focuses mostly on the shift that occurs when you start to settle down in life and have to learn to get over yourself in order to live with another person,” Brown’s vocal phrasing recalls that of fellow Alabaman, Jason Isbell, namely on the uptempo “Factory Line” where he sings, “When I kiss you / Just know I’m spitting blood,” and the lonesome standout, “Doing Fine.”
The songs, playing and production on All Dies Down transform Fire Mountain’s signature mood pieces into joyous — and at times painful — paeans of change and maturity. In doing so, Fire Mountain demonstrates prior and future critical acknowledgement is truly warranted.
Released via This Is American Music, you can stream/purchase All Dies Down below.