Ashbringer are a band from Minnesota that has been featured before in this zine and plays an atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Yugen" which will be released in June by Avantgarde Music.
Atmospheric synths start off the album bringing in an ambient feeling and a few seconds later melodic guitar leads make their presence known on the recording and after a minute the music goes into a heavier direction along with some tremolo picking and after awhile high pitched black metal screams are added into the music.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw black metal feeling and they also mix the synths in with the heavier parts and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Acoustic guitars can be heard in certain sections of the recording and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion while also adding in post rock elements and throughout the recording you can hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and some songs also bring in a small amount of melodic singing and they also bring in some clean playing and female vocals which also bring in touches of post rock and darkwave while one track brings in oboe's on a short instrumental before closing with a heavier song.
Ashbringer creates another black metal recording that is very atmospheric and diverse while also mixing in some progressive and post rock elements, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark, nature, and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ashbringer and if you are a fan of atmospheric black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Oceans Apart" "Celestial Infancy" and "Glowing Embers, Dying Fire". 8 out of 10.