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Review: Aosoth - Ashes of Angels
Ashes of Angels

Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 45:37
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Ashes of Angels

Rated 3.94/5 (78.82%) (17 Votes)

Aosoth's logo was done by the dude from Watain, and Watain is a pretty good place to start when describing this band's sound, as this is in a similar vein. Aosoth play an aggressive variety of Black Metal with a muscular guitar tone and a lot of shredding riffs. The speed is mostly fast, and the production is quite sharp, like Watain, but I have to say I find this more enjoyable than that rather overhyped band. Aosoth have a lot more dynamic, switching up the tempos and having the riffs to carry it off. A lot of bands, when they play slower, play the same riffs only at half speed, not realizing that a good slow riff is a fundamentally different creature than a good fast riff.

So this is a satisfyingly vicious Black Metal disc with a lot more depth than it appears to have at first spin, and the music has a lot of layers to it that reward repeated listens. If you want an album that has a 'modern' Black Metal sound and aggression, without the superficiality that mars acts like Marduk and 1349, then this is an album to get into.

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