With the release of 2019’s sophomore album Under a Blood Moon, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based doom metal trio Firebreather — currently, Mattias Nööjd (vocals, guitar), Axel Wittbeck (drums) and the band’s newest member Nicklas Hellqvist (bass) — found the band quickly establishing a raw, in-your-face and incendiary sound.
The Swedish doom metal trio’s third album Dwell in the Fog is slated for a February 25, 2022 release through RidingEasy Records. Much like their preceding two albums, Dwell in the Fog was recorded and mixed by engineer Oskar Karlsson at Gothenburg-based Elementstudion. The album’s material features a streamlined focus on driving, symphonic riffs in the vein of acts like High On Fire, Inter Arma and labelmates Monolord among others, while rumbling and raging with a fury that the band has only hinted at on their previously released material.
“The album is a cathartic journey inwards and a musical continuation from Under A Blood Moon, but with more emphasis on groove and feel,” the band’s Matthias Nööjd says in press notes.
Dwell in the Fog‘s third and latest single “Sorrow” is a furious and sludgy dirge centered around thunderous drumming, scorching riffs and tweeter and woofer rattling low-end paired with Nöörd’s guttural yet melodic howling. While arguably being among the hardest and most forceful songs I’ve written about so far this year, “Sorrow” evokes the frustration, heartache and despair of sorrow — and in turn, loss — with a simmering yet visceral fury.
Firebreather will be embarking on a month-long American tour to support Dwell in the Fog with labelmates Monolord. The tour includes a March 16, 2022 stop at Le Poisson Rouge. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.
03/03 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone*
03/04 Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s*
03/05 Portland, OR – Dante’s*
03/06 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey*
03/08 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro*
03/09 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater*
03/11 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s*
03/12 Detroit MI – Sanctuary*
03/13 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*
03/15 Boston, MA – Sonia*
03/16 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge*
03/17 Philadelphia, PA – Underground*
03/18 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop*
03/19 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle*
03/20 Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone*
03/21 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa*
03/22 Austin, TX – Mohawk*
03/23 Denton, TX – Thin Line Fest*
03/25 Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge*
03/26 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick*
03/27 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram*