Friday, August 19, 2011

Ashes/Death Has Made It's Call/Necropolis Records/1997 CD Review

  Ashes where a black/doom metal band with a thrash edge from Sweden that also has members of Opthalamia and this is a review of their 1997 album "Death Has Made It's Call" which was released by Necropolis Records.

Drums are a mixture of slow to mid paced drumming with some fast playing and blast beats being utilized, while the bass playing has a very dark tone and it is all rhythm bass.

Rhythm guitars are mostly slow melodic black metal riffs that are heavily influenced by doom metal with a depressive touch as well as classic hard rock/metal while the fast playing has a thrash feel with some fast black metal riffing being utilized at times with some soft open string riffs being used at times, while the lead guitars are melodic death metal guitar solos that sound very technical with a lot of influences from 70's metal.

Vocals are all high pitched black metal screams with some spoken word passages that are very poetic while the lyrics touch on depressing and anti christian themes with a touch of satanism, as for the production on this recording which was recorded at Bergakunden Studios during January of 1997 has a very raw but professional sound which makes all of the instruments easy to hear.

In my opinion Ashes where a very original and underrated band for their time and if you are a fan of black metal that has a doomy as well as thrash feel you should check this band out. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Darker Age" "The Battle" "Ashes" and "Heretic". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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