For 20 years Rune Grammofon have made a habit of releasing music that is beyond easy classification, in later years typified by Swedish trio Fire!, consisting of Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin. All three are highly accomplished musicians, but Fire! music is not "difficult" in the sense that jazz and especially free jazz is often perceived. Very much a tight knit unit with three equal players, Fire! has been likened to powerful guitar led trios such as Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, but with Berthling´s heavy, doom laden basslines being such a typical identifier.
"The Hands" is the trio´s sixth album and once again displays a totally uncompromising and intriguing mix of (mostly) heavy, dark and intensely burning music whether one decide on calling it jazz or rock. The album closes on a quiet and reflective note with the appropriately titled "I Guard Her To Rest. Declaring Silence".
MATS GUSTAFSSON, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones, JOHAN BERTHLING, electric and double bass ANDREAS WERLIIN, drums, percussion and feedback
01. The Hands 02. When Her Lips Collapsed 03. Touches Me with the Tips of Wonder 04. Washing Your Heart in Filth 05. Up And Down 06. To Shave the Leaves, in Red, In Black 07. I Guard Her to Rest, Declaring Silence.