MetalBite Review by Drew on 7/8/2008
’s Ashen Banners
album is dark, chaotic, and brutal to say the least. The lyrics are delivered by lead singer, Nine, with just as much ferocity as the rest of the album. The line-up on the album is rounded off by Hizon on guitars, Zek on drums, and Hex on bass. The first impression I got when I first heard Ashen Banners
is that it may not be Black Metal at its best, but it’s still pretty damn good.
While each song on this album is good, one in particular, “New Era Holocaust”, is probably the best one as it is one of the darkest, sickest songs I have ever heard. Lyrically and musically, “New Era Holocaust”, has it all to make even the most demented listener’s spine tingle with both terror and satisfaction. Some other notable songs not to be missed are “Reap the Impurities”, “Lights in Zephyrs”, “Never Condoned”, “Reincarnation”, and “Entering the Void”.
Overall, Ashen Banners
, is a solid album, but could have still used a little work with the production. Most of the other elements are there for it to be a respectable album in Black Metal history. If you are a true fan of Black Metal, buy this album now because it is one that can certainly be appreciated and should be a staple in your music collection.
Bottom Line: If you haven’t quite found that album that shakes you to your very core, you should definitely check out Withershin
’s Ashen Banners.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.8 out of 10