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REVIEW: Vehement - Ashes




Extreme metal quartet Vehement unleashed their sophomore album ‘Ashes’ via new label Infernum Records in October 2017, following their debut ‘Collapse’ in 2013 the band have taken a new direction and evolved by challenging the barriers of the genre...

Opening track ‘Far Below Us’ has an atmospheric and bleak intro to set the scene before all hell breaks loose with fierce powerful screams and high-velocity instruments to accompany. Towards the end, it sounds even more sinister and unhinged giving it an extra edge and making for a memorable first offering.

Title track ‘Ashes’ in contrast opens on a hopeful and more upbeat note initially, before order is restored and the darkness consumes but it also goes on to feature some soaring clean vocals which help it stand out, this is a well-rounded more diverse number that shows their layers more so and ends with some epic guitar work which resonates until the end.

The shortest song is in the form of the haunting and beautiful ‘Carapace’ which flows nicely and continues to add extra depth being very ambient and sorrowful. ‘Thematic’ ramps up the heavy again and is one of the most extreme numbers with devilish growls, whereas ‘Burden’s Root’ is equally melodic and menacing something which they seem to have mastered throughout and it has some of the best vocals so far.

The final two songs are also the longest with ‘The Turn Of Passage’ coming in at 9 minutes 39 seconds with the closer ‘Tidal Verse’ being 1 minute longer, both are colossal and crushing with relentless pounding drums and fast riffs, making for an impressive and massive ending.

This is more than just your average extreme metal band and they show how far they have come with their masterful songwriting and textured layers offering more diversity, especially aided by atmospheric sections and clean vocals which make them stand out. The overall result is striking and memorable, making this a must hear of 2017.


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