Cellardoor – Set Fire to the Snow
There are a large number of bands called Cellardoor out there, from Australian rockers to French electro acts, and also one metal band from West Bromwich who supported And So I Watch You From Afar in the UK last year. This Cellardoor hails from Dublin, Ireland, and makes music that sits between the well-trodden genres of progressive-rock and metal. The project of music producer Shane Counter (whose work has been used to soundtrack films, television, and games) along with a number of drummers, this is a behemoth of an instrumental rock album, coming in at just 36 explosive minutes.
Opener ‘Battle Royale With Cheese’ is a straight-up rock tune with a killer guitar line, which opens teasingly with a nod to ‘Walk This Way’. There are riffs galore on the record, some of which could easily find themselves on classic rock albums. Counter is an undeniably excellent guitarist, and pays tribute to everyone from Jimmy Page to Kele Okereke.
A detuned guitar line adds to the fuzzy feel of standout ‘Knights of East Devonshire’, which uses sythns to overlay the vast tidal wave of drumming. At over five minutes, it’s by far the longest song on here, and sometimes seems to lose its way, but regardless, it’s still a force to be reckoned with.
‘My Serious Side’ does what it says in the title, it gives you a breather before launching back in to the wonderful ‘The Farmer and the Fisherman’s Friend’, both hinting at possible alternative directions for future Cellardoor projects. The latter, especially, with its flamenco guitar lines mixing with a trashier rock vibe.
Counter mixes a large swash of styles and influences on Set Fire to the Snow, and in doing so, has created an instrumental rock album that stands out above most others. Inventive and clever, while still remaining accessible, this is a fantastic album, and one that will provide new treasures each and every listen.