Friday, January 20, 2017

Ashenspire "Speak Not of the Laudanum Quandary"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Avant Garde Progressive Black Metal
Label: Code 666/Aural Music
Format: CD, digital
Release date: January 20, 2017
1. Restless Giants (9:21)
2. The Wretched Mills (8:47)
3. Mariners At Perdition's Lighthouse (7:44)
4. Grievous Bodily Harmonies (7:12)
5. A Beggar's Belief (2:56)
6. Fever Sheds (10:33)
7. Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary (12:45)

Total time 59:18

Alasdair Dunn
Petri Simonen
Fraser Gordon
James Johnson

Musically, the album is definitely more avant-garde than it is black metal, which would make sense for a band that lists Dødheimsgard as an influence. In fact, more than anything they remind me of progressive metallers Ne Obliviscaris, particularly in the way that the violin is used to carry the melody in a lot of the songs. There’s also more than a little My Dying Bride in the way they incorporate piano into several of the songs. For the most part, the music acts as the scenery and tableau for Dunn’s vocal performance – it’s well-arranged and skillfully performed, giving the album as a whole the air of a Victorian drama. That’s not to say that there aren’t standout moments, though; the clean guitar and piano in the opening section of “Grievous Bodily Harmonies” are absolutely lovely, and the taut riffing of “The Wretched Mills” adds to the overall dramatic tension of the piece.
Read the full review at indymetalvault.com



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