Stealing Fire From Heaven
11PARANOIAS—Stealing Fire From Heaven
Not really a sludge band, but just as postering, 11PARANOIAS are the ghosts that haunt the ward and hallucinations that mar your mind. Stealing Fire From Heaven feels like you are peering through caverns against society and the mustiness of their guitar sound cannot provide solace. These are the sounds of the mentally deranged. A Ted V. Mikels soundtrack, “Paranoiditude (Beyond the Grave)” is the pain we are to experience. Guitars soar in agony and the drums pound out every dripping beat.
The album takes on a life of its own. “Surrealise” is pure mortal terror. I would bet recording this song even frightened the band a little. Incorporating mental tones of Godflesh, Treponem Pal, and Lab Report, they also add in a dose of Type O Negative pacing.
This is a long fucking album, and you can feel its weight. Songs average seven minutes with every blow felt. What I like about something like “Cursus” is that the minimalist experimental intros really ups the creepy factor. And when the band kicks it all in, the horrid howling is the equivalent to witnessing demon possession. There is no escape. The music peels back your eyelids and makes you experience some incredible performance art.
On Stealing Fire From Heaven nothing was planned or rehearsed prior to entering the studio. Everything was crafted at the moment, and the vibrancy the band exhumes in each of these songs are an effect from that process. How it is all pieced together is impressive. A soundtrack to the nights that haunt the internal fears the mind contorts, Stealing Fire From Heaven is pure agony. Drawn out and piercing, they exist well in this duality of sludge and doom..