ASHBRINGER – Vacant (CD)
Ashbringer, who hail from USA play a cold and grim style of Epic Folk Black Metal that is sure to induce your mind into a spiral depression to the darkest depths of hell.
There is everything on this six tracker, from raspy screams, acoustical, folk-inspired guitars and blisteringly, punishing rhythms that’ll set your soul ablaze. The 11 minute blackened doomsday hymn “Bitter” has all of these elements mentioned above and more. “Vacant” is a very well played and constructed album considering it is all done by a single person. Who thought one-man bands cannot be creatively effective in getting their feelings and interesting atmospheres across to their listeners. There is 43 minutes worth of epic folk black metal on this album, and it is very interestingly crafted and delivered.
All of these variants give Ashbringer’s extreme metal tons of extremes but with a thick atmosphere and a chilling vibe, as if you’re locked up in an underground dungeon of death.
It’s very admirable of Ashbringer, that all of the instrumentation, songwriting, arrangements and the different vocals presented on “Vacant” were all done by one person. The only downside to this is that you cannot go out and play any of this material live, so you’re pretty much limited to being a studio musician.
Listen to Ashbringer, and you’re prone to feel all its misery to its full potential. [Avantgarde Music] Sarjoo Devani