Egypt is one of the regions of this planet that seem to hold some sort of a magic spell over many Metal bands, mostly, I guess, due to its rich and mysterious mythology and history. Britain’s FIELDS OF IARU are another band in the long line of inspired musicians and behind it stands a musician with a quite long history: Anubis. He went through many different incarnations and bands and almost had a breakthrough when his band SHADOWSPHERE was close to signing a deal with the label of NECROPHAGIA’s Killjoy, which then fell through due to a break-up within the band. Well, Anubis is back with FIELDS OF IARU now and here we are now, with a 6-tracker that tries to combine Egyptian motifs with Black, Death and Doom Metal, so let’s see, if the music lives up to the promises made.
One thing right off the bat, an easy digestion is not what FIELDS OF IARU are going for, as they do not follow the usual rhythmic schools, just take opening “The Birth Of Anubis”, which is mostly made up by slow percussion, spheric guitars, a rough voice and effects, which is very atmospheric, but might put a few people off. “Of Ancient Flesh And War” offers a bit more rhythm, before speeding things up considerably in the second half, standing closer to Black Metal, but still with an Egyptian motif. Unfortunately the novelty factor wears off a bit once we reach “Lord Of The Necropolis”, where the exotic samples are the only element that stands out, the rest sounds pretty standard, which continues on through the following two tracks as well, before “Blessed Angel Of Ebony Light” shows more variety again, ranging from quiet to blastbeats (which sound a bit too computerized to me) and right away sounds more interesting.
Despite its shortcomings I think that FIELDS OF IARU are on to something interesting that with some more maturing could become something that could appeal to a lot of people in the wake of NILE’s Egyptian pioneering.
(Online July 22, 2007)