Ashen Pyre are a solo project from Seattle, Washington that plays a very raw and atmospheric form of occult black metal and this is a review of his self released 2016 ep "Tract I : Malus Ferox".
Atmospheric synths start off the ep and after the intro the music starts going into more of a dark, heavy and melodic musical style as well as having grim black metal screams make their presence known on the recording and the music also mixes the atmospheric and heavy parts together at times.
Most of the music sticks to a slower musical direction along with one of the tracks being long and epic in length and there is also a brief use of blast beats and fast tremolo picking riffs that also gives the music more of a raw edge and one tracks brings in a brief use of melodic guitar solos and leads while the slow sections of the songs also mix in a depressive atmosphere.
Ashen Pyre plays a style of occult black metal that is mostly slow and raw while also having its atmospheric moments, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover death worship and anti cosmos themes.
In my opinion Ashen Pyre are a very great sounding raw and atmospheric occult black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "II" and "V". 8 out of 10.