Hollywood, California's Ashen Horde have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into even more of a progressive black metal direction with some elements of death metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "Fallen Cathedrals" which will be released in March as a joint effort by Extreme Metal Music and Rockshots Records.
A very fast, raw and dissonant sound starts off the album along with a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking. At times the music also gets very brutal and technical sounding while the riffs also bring in a great amount of melody. All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them.
Vocals are a mixture of black metal screams and death metal growls while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Clean vocals can also be heard at times as well as the solos and leads being done in a very melodic yet technical style and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
At times the music gets very progressive sounding while some of the riffing also adds in the more brutal style of death metal. All of the songs sound very different from each other without losing any heaviness or brutality. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon J.G Ballard's dystopian novel "High Rise".
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Ashen Horde and if you are a fan of progressive black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Parity Lost" "The Vanishing" "Final Ascent" and "Primal". 8 out of 10.