Ashencult are a band from Pennsylvania that plays a very grim, melodic, raw and primitive form of occult black metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 album "Black Flame Gnosis".
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being utilized at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the riffing.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very dark, melodic, raw and primitive sounding with a good amount of thrash influences being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding black metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars when they are utilized they use finger picking and full chords to enhance the dark atmosphere of the album.
Vocals range from grim sounding and high pitched black metal screams to deep death metal growls and grunts, while the lyrics cover darkness and occult themes, as for the production it has a very dark, heavy, raw and primitive sound to it while you can still hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this album along with a couple of the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Ashencult are a very great sounding grim, melodic, raw and primitive sounding occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "A Glorious Elegy" "Plague Revelation" and "The Whore And The Failure Of Light". RECOMMENDED BUY.