I like the title track. It’s not a bad album, but there’s just something that doesn’t really do it for me here. Melodeath in general is difficult for me to get into quite often, and the doom lacks the ominous atmosphere that usually compels me. Good vocals and talented musicians though.
Favorite track: The Hourglass.
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A three-piece atmospheric/melodic death-doom band from North Carolina, Atten Ash is the creation of founding member James Greene who wrote the foundations of the songs which would later become “The Hourglass.” In 2011 James began collaborating with Barre Gambling (founding guitarist of Daylight Dies) and Archie Hunt (vocalist/guitarist of Legion of the Fallen) and the trio continued the musical work: arranging songs, establishing vocal patterns, writing lyrics and guitar solos.
Recorded in 2012, an intricate and encapsulating death-doom portrait permeates Atten Ash’s first full-length recording. Rich in atmosphere, swaying through infectious melodies and razorsharp solos while displaying both melancholy and aggression with conviction and force, “The Hourglass” is the result of a band with considerable maturity and experience, already at the top of their craft, and with a defined vision for their sound placing them among the classic death-doom giants of the genre.
Those pining for genuine melodic/atmospheric death-doom for the dark and cold days ahead, and especially fans and listeners of bands such as Daylight Dies, Slumber, Katatonia, Woccon, Doom:vs, October Tide, and Helevorn (among others) would be wise to heed attention.
“The Hourglass” will be released on February 19, 2015 in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet through Hypnotic Dirge Records.
"I gotta tell you, Atten Ash know what they are doing and their doom-death is especially recommended to fans of classic Katatonia, October Tide, Slumber and Doom:vs. Maturity and experience is present on the song – and the rest of the album for that matter – and it will fill you with that (weirdly) comforting feeling of melancholy thanks to the guitars’ melodies and razorsharp solos but also the perfect mix of clean and growling vocals."
"‘The Hourglass’ is a consistently surprising and pleasing album that maintains a high level of quality throughout. Atmospheric and captivating, it is delivered with effortless elegance, whether it’s mid-tempo, string-snapping, snare-pounding catharsis or slow, catastrophic elegy."
-Doom Metal Heaven
" It’s a captivating offering of melodic death/doom, mixing gravelly riffs and cavernous growls with shimmering guitar melody and arcing clean vocals. The music both lumbers like a dirge and charges on the back of jagged chords and rumbling drums. It’s a fitting song for the grey chill of winter, but I have a feeling it will sound just as sweet in springtime." [On the track "Born"]
-No Clean Singing
"To put it plainly, The Hourglass is a gorgeous blend of solid metal fundamentals, attention-grabbing melodies, and a wide dynamic range featured in all elements of the music. It plays through seamlessly like a single, continuous composition. And although there is a lot of similarity in the concepts presented, there is no lack of variety in the tones, textures, tempo and color."
"With this regal edict of icy inevitability, Atten Ash has firmly secured its rightful place alongside October Tide, Doom:vs, and other demigods in the upper reaches of the unholy death doom pantheon. The Hourglass marks the advent of an especially fearsome vessel of ominous ruination. Take great heed."
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released February 19, 2015
Archie Hunt - Death vocals
James Greene - Clean vocals, guitars, bass, drums,
Barre Gambling - Guitars
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