Album Review Format: Digital Stream
Band Name: Ashen Wings
Title: Echoes of Carnage EP
Date of Release: December 2014
Genre: Blackened Doom/Death Metal
Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
Track listings: 1) Intro (Drowning) 2) Ashen Wings 3) Carrion Eater 4) Tearing Flesh From Angels 5) The Great Devourer 6) Cancerous Bones 7) Carnal
Hailing from the city of Boston the members in traditional black metal form shed their real names in favor of the monikers M., Meraxes, J.M.. and Cruach. blast beats, tremelo picking and heavy groove chords abound.
The band says that they are trying to distill all that come before into their own sound (well not exactly those words. but easier than naming everyone they consider an influence).
Vocals are traditional gargled black metal voicings, they do not venture outside that box. I am unsure of the intent of the instrumentation here, while the members seem more than capable of producing a black metal sound there are some attempts at lead guitar breaks that seem ill advised. Almost as if they were place holders for yet to be recorded solos, yet in other spots lead breaks seem well constructed and well played. The inconsistency seems to suggest maybe more than one guitarist attempted them? Cancerous Bones is my favorite of the album a true headbanger and it grooves powerfully. Carnal is a Vader cover, so there are 6 originals on this album.
A strong showing overall for a band who is still constructing it's sound, and definitely worth the $5 bandcamp is asking for the download.
5 of 10 horns.