Ashen Horde are a solo project from California that plays a progressive form of black metal and this is a review of his 2015 album "Nine Plagues" which was released on Mandol Records.
Thunder sounds start off the album along with some heavy guitar riffs a few seconds later and you can also hear melodies in the music at times and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody.
Progressive elements can be heard quite a bit throughout the recording and a few tracks are very long and epic in length and when the music speeds up it brings in more of a raw style of the genre along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and you can also h ear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and you can also hear a lot of death metal and thrash elements throughout the recording and the w hole album also remains very heavy from beginning to end.
Ashen Horde plays a style of progressive black metal that is a lot more heavier, rawer and guitar driven than most bands of the genre and the thrash and death metal elements take the songs into even more of a heavier direction, the production sounds very dark yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover dark and philosophical themes.
In my opinion Ashen Horde are a very great sounding progressive black metal solo project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Desecration Of The Sanctuary" "Famine's Feast" "Dissension" and "A Reversal Of Misfortune". 8 out of 10.