|Review: Ash - Demo 2007|
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Nice little slab of USBM from New York here, and surprising sound quality for a demo. Ash play a rather fast-paced style of Black Metal, not without reminding me of mid-90s Scandinavian metal but sped up a little bit, without falling into what some people call "norsecore", far from that. This is more varied, with slower, heavy parts that you wouldn't hear in the aforementioned "style". There are some Death Metal-inspired guitar parts in there as well, at times vaguely reminding me of Vader, and also a bit of Carpathian Forest-style "Black 'n' Roll" on this, quite a departure from the much faster beginning of the demo. The vocals are pretty damn good, giving some character to even the most generic musical passages (for the few to be found here.) This is some of the best vocal work I've heard in Black Metal recently, consistently angry and somewhat haunting at times. "Demo 2007" showcases quite a varied array of styles within the genre without sounding too unfocused, and definitely put Ash on the list of bands to keep an eye on.
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