On "Removed Forms" the band evokes a dust-bowl scene. It begins with a dustier, almost Americana-styled intro before waves of distorting riffs arrive. Then the band dumps the buzz and blur for a mid-song moment of post-rock-like beautification, before incinerating it all Album), allowing it to smolder out on a discordant drone.
Beginning with a sour, droning riff and harsh bellows, it is fleshed out by ethereal choral vocals from Worm Ouroboros's Jessica Way, which in turn are swept aside by a deluge of guitars and drums. Eastern picked notes arrive, set against a gelid and godforsaken guitar line, till once again the song picks up speed and burns out on a trail littered with the detritus of abstract noise. It is a wholly stunning track, Ash Borer's best yet, and Convict All Flesh - Ash Borer - Cold Of Ages (CD is brought to a spectacularly desolate conclusion.
Whether Cold of Ages reflects the repeated patterns of nature and life, a nihilistic devotion to demolition, or rebirth from the ashes has been left open to interpretation--there are no lyrics here.
What is very clear, however, is that Cold of Ages is hugely important for the US black metal scene. Ash Borer has stamped a mark with this album that should rightly see the band spoken of alongside influential acts such as Weakling, Agalloch, Von, Krallice, and Wolves in the Throne Room. Certainly, Ash Borer has something distinctively individual and highly imaginative to add to the scene, and the prospect of what looms ahead is thrilling. Southern rock's Great Peacock offer up a tune that vocalist Andrew Nelson says encompasses their upcoming LP's themes.
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Review Summary: Ash Borer move up a rung in the black metal ladder while still remembering where they came from. Rank: 0 for Some might argue that this is too soon, that such success is likely to ruin a band and the fact that they have actually started naming their tracks or cleaning up their production is a bad omen. In fact, just in time to quell any criticism that may arise from their new-found status as a band signed to a relatively well-known label Ash Borer have released Cold of Agesa critical transition album from their period of playing to crowds of 25 people in the back of some forsaken bar to a time when they will likely see that number multiply aggressively.
Do all good things come to an end, or does one good thing simply morph into another? The answer is likely the latter, because Cold of Ages shows an Ash Borer clinging to many things that made them a name in the underground but also taking advantage of the cards they were dealt. The lack of distortion to hide sloppy playing is both a gift and a curse, because it takes away from that raw, primal feel of their older material but also gives cause for the guitars to tighten themselves up a bit, and even though the riffing is still dissonant at points and visceral at others, things seem much cleaner and more like a traditional, professional LP than a demo tape.
But wait! To put it bluntly, no. Jessica Way of Worm Ouroboros lends her voice for this album, and its use as a tool of pure atmosphere was a decision that proved to be smart. Ash Borer is not the kind of band to have singing as anything more than a touch of ambiance, and the fact that it is nothing more than that makes their use on Cold of Ages so great. Those who were scared that their signing with Profound Lore would mean a turn for the worse can rest easy now, so long as you are prepared to accept that things at the Ash Borer camp have changed a bit.
No, they are not becoming the next Wolves in the Throne Room, but they are likely to become a much more known band with this release. As far Album) Cold of Ages is concerned, though, this is business as usual despite the incorporation of new elements into their sound. Indeed, this is a stepping stone that Ash Borer seems to be following brilliantly, and in a way that is not intended to alienate an entire sector of their fan base.
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