Align the Planets

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Align the Planets
Studio album by In Case of Fire
Released 11 May 2009
Recorded April—May 2008 at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales; and Miloco Studios, London, England
Genre Progressive rock, alternative rock, new prog, post-hardcore
Length 43:39
Label Search and Destroy
Producer Gil Norton
Singles from Align the Planets
  1. "This Time We Stand"
    Released: 11 November 2008
  2. "The Cleansing"
    Released: 2 March 2009
  3. "Enemies"
    Released: 4 May 2009
  4. "Parallels"
    Released: 24 August 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Big Cheese 5/5 stars[1]
In the News (7/10)[2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Rock Sound (7/10)[5]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[6]
Total Guitar 4/5 stars[7]
Uncut 4/5 stars[8]

Align the Planets is the debut studio album by Northern Irish alternative rock trio In Case of Fire, released 11 May 2009 on Search and Destroy Records.

Recorded at Rockfield Studios in Wales, the album had originally been recorded in their home town of Portadown over a seven-month period but was re-recorded after signing a record deal.[9]

The trio say about the album that, "We're just a rock band that write about things that are important to us". Social issues, child abuse and war are the main topics the band tackle on the album along with personal problems, such as the death of Colin and Steven’s father at an early age.[9]

Promotion[edit]

The trio's debut single "This Time We Stand" was released 11 November 2008 along with a music video. The single was played frequently on MTV2. The video for second single "The Cleansing" was shot in Leeds and was then released along with a limited edition 7" vinyl picture disc on 2 March 2009.[10] It went on to chart at #10 in the UK Indie Chart.

"Enemies" was the third single released a week prior to the album on 4 May 2009. The video was directed by Canadian visual artist, Jesse Ewles.[11]

A demo of "Violence and Pictures" was also featured on the "New Breed" compilation CD by Kerrang! and the band started touring in order to promote the album on 12 May at the Exeter Cavern.

Fourth single, "Parallels" was released on 24 August 2009,[12] preceding their performances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals on the August Bank Holiday weekend. The music video was made available on their Myspace on the release date.[13] Second single, "The Cleansing" was re-released on 26 October 2009, featuring two new exclusive b-sides.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Steven Robinson, music composed by In Case of Fire.[15]

  1. "This Time We Stand" — 3:34
  2. "The Cleansing" — 3:34
  3. "Do What I Say" — 3:56
  4. "Align The Planets" — 4:05
  5. "Parallels" — 3:32
  6. "Plan A" — 4:18
  7. "Enemies" — 2:49
  8. "Landslides" — 3:34
  9. "Violence and Pictures" — 2:50
  10. "And Sorrow" — 3:07
  11. "A Pale New Costume" — 4:07
  12. "Second Revelation" — 4:03

Bonus tracks[edit]

Play.com Bonus Tracks[16]
  1. "The Cleansing" (Live Acoustic)
  2. "Landslides" (Live Acoustic)
  3. "Hold My Head Up High" (Live Acoustic)

B-sides[edit]

"This Time We Stand"

  • "Call To Arms"
  • "This Time We Stand" (Live)
  • "This Time We Stand" (Acoustic)

"The Cleansing"

  • "Faust"
  • "A Terrible Fate"
  • "The Cleansing" (Live)

"Enemies"

  • "History Has Taught Us Nothing"
  • "Hold My Head Up High (Acoustic)"

"Parallels"

  • "Align The Planets" (Live)
  • "Plan A" (Live)

Personnel[edit]

The following personnel contributed to Align the Planets:[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "In Case of Fire - Align The Planets (Search & Destroy) *****". Big Cheese (111). 24 April 2009.  accessed 02 July 2009
  2. ^ Swainston, Drew. "In Case of Fire: Align the Planets". In the News.  accessed 23 March 2009
  3. ^ Travers, Paul (9 May 2009). "In Case of Fire: Align The Planets (Search & Destroy) KKKK". Kerrang! (1260). p. 54.  accessed 02 July 2009
  4. ^ "In Case of Fire - Align The Planets (Search & Destroy) ****". Q magazine (272). May 2009.  accessed 02 July 2009
  5. ^ Lewis, Faye (May 2009). "In Case Of Fire 'Align The Planets' 7 (Search & Destroy)". Rock Sound. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Lewis, Cal. "In Case of Fire: Align the Planets". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "In Case of Fire: Align the Planets ****". Total Guitar (188). 6 May 2009.  accessed 02 July 2009
  8. ^ Sweeting, Adam (May 2009). "In Case Of Fire: Align The Planets - Search And Destroy". Uncut. Retrieved 2009-07-02. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "In Case of Fire : Interview". Indiemusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  10. ^ "Vinyl: In Case Of Fire - The Cleansing". Where It's At. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  11. ^ "In Case of Fire ~ Enemies (Zomba RMC/Jive 2009)". Jesse Ewles. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  12. ^ "Parallels by In Case Of Fire". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  13. ^ "Parallels - OUT NOW!". Blog > Myspace. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  14. ^ "...The Cleansing - re-released on the 26th October with 2 exclusive new B-Sides". Twitter. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  15. ^ a b Align the Planets (CD). In Case of Fire. Search and Destroy Records. 2009. SADCDA001. 
  16. ^ "Align The Planets (Play.com Exclusive 2CD)". Play.com. Retrieved 2009-07-19.