Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ash Borer & Fell Voices

... And speaking of Cascadian BM I present two amazing bands from Northern California (though not technically part of Cascadia, at least to some, I'll forgive that this time) : Ash Borer and Fell Voices. I specifically decided to write about these bands because of a recent split they did together that I thought actually moved totally beyond even what they had previously recorded. Yes, I did appreciate them before, but both bands definitely appear to be growing and blossoming with each passing moment.

The Ashe Borer demo I did enjoy, but it didn't really stand out. Good, but not to their full potential. Fell Voices demo, similar. Then Fell Voices full-length is a definite improvement, and I found the second song especially amazing. A slow drone intro, flowing towards a surge of pounding momentum... To a balanced drone with growls... then the speed picks up with the drums... then a calculated, rthymic beat, worthy of the occasional nod with bits of melody... and ad nausem, and eventually drifting... into a serene and melodic piano solo. You could say I like that song.

But the split between this two bands. I was blown away. Listening to it, I envisaged ruined city scapes with tormenting storms wrecking havoc. I don't think I've even listened to it enough to really analyse it, but the general feelings of destruction, anger, despair, yet hope, really took me by surprise. The Ash Borer song especially. Maybe it has an element of drone. Maybe it's heavier than their other stuff.

I highly recommend.

Links below. Support the artist, and buy their stuff.

Ash Borer Blog
Ash Borer Myspace
Fell Voices Myspace

Album Name: Drukne/Untitled I
Band: Ash Borer
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2009
Country: USA
Track Listing:

2.Untitled I10:43
Total playing time24:48


Artist: Demo
Album: Fell Voices
Genre: Drone/Ambient Black Metal
Year: 2008
Origin: USA
Track Listing:

2.In the Hands of the Blind God20:30
Total playing time38:23


Artist: Fell Voices
Album: Fell Voices
Genre: Black Metal
Year: 2009
Origin: USA
Track Listing:

Total playing time40:01


Artist: Ash Borer/Fell Voices
Album: Ash Borer/Fell Voices [split]
Genre: Black Metal/Drone, Ambient Black Metal
Year: 2010
Origin: USA
Track Listing:

Ash Borer
Fell Voices
Total playing time37:00


More on the Ash Borer and Fell Voices tour demos soon...


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