ASHES - Gloom, Ash And Emptiness To The Horizon CD
Ashes

ASHES - Gloom, Ash And Emptiness To The Horizon CD

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On ‘Gloom, Ash and Emptiness to the Horizon’ Ashes continues the path set forth on the band’s previous album. Musically, the band performs melancholic Black Metal that often resides at a midtempo. The drums are fittingly free of blasting and rather focus on creative fills to build tension in the tracks. This is further enforced by creative bass lines and double layers of guitar melodies that often are woven together. Riff-wise, this often consists of a more basic background melody and almost Dissection-like melodies on top that build over time. The shrieking vocals top it all off but are used sparsely to allow room for the music to develop. The first two songs on the album are more compact and follow slightly more traditional values, although the creativity and strong melodies make this much more than just a melancholic Black Metal album. But the band truly shines in ‘III’, a slightly longer track with a howling keyboard sound that thickens the gloomy atmospheric fog while a longspun eerie instrumental passage builds hypnotizes the listener. Once again, it’s excelling songwriting and subtle creative additions that make this song a triumph.