Ashes Of Nowhere are a band from Italy that plays post black metal with a touch of shoegaze and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "Emptiness".
Clean playing starts off the album along with some ambient style synths and programmed beats before getting more heavy and goes into more of a black metal direction that also utilizes high pitched screams, fast and raw playing and melodic guitar leads and at times the vocals get deep and add in a touch of death metal.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and clean singing can be heard in some parts of the songs along with the music alternating between both clean and heavy parts and all of the tracks are very long and epic in length and you can also hear a small amount of whispers in certain sections of the recording.
Spoken word parts can be heard at times and the solos and leads bring the post black metal elements onto the recording along with shoegaze and avant garde style melodies while the songs have a rawness and aggression that is missing in this genre and you can hear some traditional black metal influences throughout the recording and one tracks also brings in a few seconds of violins and female vocals which are also included on the last track.
Ashes Of Nowhere plays a style of post black metal that goes for more of a raw side of the genre while the shoegaze elements remain, the production sounds very raw yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover Mankind's connection to death, time, and desire.
In my opinion Ashes Of Nowhere are a very great sounding post black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Empty World" "Blind" and "Buried". 8 out of 10.