Ashlands are a duo from Italy that plays a folk orientated form of atmospheric form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2019 ep "Ashlands I" which will be released on September 30th and will be the first chapter in a three part ep trilogy.
Nature orientated soundscapes start off the ep along with some folk instruments and synths being added onto the recording a few seconds later which also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music. Vocals are mostly grim sounding black metal screams while all of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
A decent amount of melody can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with the music also getting very atmospheric sounding at times. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic style as well as some clean playing also being added into certain sections of the recording and clean vocals and spoken word parts are also added onto the closing track. The production sounds very professional for being a self released ep while the lyrics cover paganism and nature themes.
In my opinion Ashlands are a very great sounding folk orientated atmospheric black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACK "An Entrance Beneath The Dunes". 8 out of 10.