Ash Borer ‎– Ash Borer

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
01 Ash Borer Ash Borer(Cass, Album, Ltd) Psychic Violence 01 US 2011 Sell This Version
Pesanta Urfolk 009 Ash Borer Ash Borer(LP, Album, Ltd) Pesanta Pesanta Urfolk 009 US 2011 Sell This Version
Pesanta Urfolk 009 Ash Borer Ash Borer(LP, Album, Ltd, Red) Pesanta Pesanta Urfolk 009 US 2011 Sell This Version
PFL-109 Ash Borer Ash Borer(CD, Album, RM) Profound Lore Records PFL-109 Canada 2013 Sell This Version
Pesanta Urfolk 009 Ash Borer Ash Borer(LP, Album, RP, Red) Pesanta Pesanta Urfolk 009 US 2013 Sell This Version
Pesanta Urfolk 009 Ash Borer Ash Borer(LP, Album, RP, Blu) Pesanta Pesanta Urfolk 009 US 2014 Sell This Version
01 Ash Borer Ash Borer(Cass, Album) Psychic Violence 01 US 2017 Sell This Version

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CarpathianWeakling

CarpathianWeakling

February 11, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Ash Borer, LP, Album, RP, Blu, Pesanta Urfolk 009

For reasons beyond me, this band is often compared to acts with which it shares very little in terms of sound. Is it black metal? At times. Is it atmospheric? Very. Is it similar to Wolves In The Throne Room, Agalloch, Falls of Rauros etc? Not at all.

That's not to say fans of those excellent bands wouldn't enjoy this, I'm sure you would, but listening to this album won't remind you of those artists, save for WITTR at some minor points (the instrumental break at the beginning of My Curse for instance). Fusing doom metal sonics with atmospheric black metal (not through means of keyboards or acoustics, mind you) this album reminds me a band like Ethereal Shroud more than anything listed by the label. This album is a whirlwind journey through beauty and chaos. When it's charging ahead at full speed, it's a force to command awe. When it slows down, it's not so much a period to relax and recover, but to be on your toes. The slow parts of this album are creepy and unsettling. You know there's something vile stalking you, but you can't see it and aren't sure when it will strike.

the instrumentation is fantastic, drums are fantastic in their constant tempo changes, guitar ranges from tremolo hell, to ugly melodies, to slow semi-acoustics. Vocals hit the spot for any extreme metal fan, tortured shrieks of fury and agony. Drums are at the forefront of the mix, driving the tempo, guitars create a wall of sound, and the vocals are mixed low giving the effect of the man being consumed by the rest of the band. It works incredibly well to build on the sense of dread and atmosphere. This is not my favorite thing they've done, but like everything this band has worked on, it's damn fantastic and worth your time.

This album is a memorable and impressive sonic journey through hell, with a few lighter passages to keep you sane. 8/10.