The fearless foursome known as Ash And Coal have gone old school with the release of their debut album as it is released on standard, heavy gram black vinyl. It is also available on CD too. I love this vinyl format as it works quite well with their brand of dark and melancholic rock. This Swedish bunch is not afraid to experiment with acoustical, clean passages backed with distorted guitar rhythms. The singing on here is interesting as it kind of gives that trance-like feel when you first listen to it, and this also gives the band some added depth for their haunting darkness.
“Agnostica” is a six track full-length record, with music darkened enough to give the listener a very chilly feeling within. The songs on here present the listener with dark soundscapes and the realities of the harshness life throws at every one of us.
I cannot compare these guys to anything out there, but imagine doom and gloom music with clean vocals subdued within the confines of an insane asylum room. Ash And Coal will make you think and think hard about the darkness, which engulfs us all on the inside. The six songs on here are written quite well with solidly executed music and production, but for some reason I could not get into “Agnostica”. I think it is the overall atmosphere of the album, which I was not too blown away by, as it did not have that punch to the gut I was hoping for. I’d rather listen to Katatonia or My Dying Bride. [Sounds of Zilence] Sarjoo Devani