Ashen Horde Posts New Lyric Video “Profound Darkness” Online

Hailing from the cold, unforgiving wastelands of Hollywood, California, Ashen Horde is a two-piece band that strives to embrace a multitude of extreme metal sub-genres, without being bound to any one of them. Drawing influence from metal’s crème de le extreme, from Enslaved and Devin Townsend to Ihsahn and Opeth, Ashen Horde (aka Trevor Portz and Stevie Boiser (Vale of Phath, Inferi)), may have a sound rooted in death and black metal, but can’t truly be called either.

Originally launched as a one-man project in 2013 by writer and multi-instrumentalist Trevor Portz, Ashen Horde has released two albums, as well as several EPs, over the past three years. Beginning with the ambitious Sanguinum Vindicta trilogy, Portz has worked tirelessly to develop a sound that is both challenging and unique.

The band has just completed its third album, Fallen Cathedrals and has signed with Extreme Metal Music/Rockshots Records for its release on CD and vinyl in Europe and North America on March 22nd.

The duo has unleashed the concept album’s first single and video “Profound Darkness”.

The band explains the track:

“We slow things down a bit for this one, it is a song that is much grimmer and dark. The power has gone out across the entire poor part of the city, and the inhabitants—wary and distrusting of their wealthy neighbors—have decided that it must surely be the fault of the rich. Thus, they determine that the peace between the two sides is over and that they must get revenge.”

A concept album in the vein of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel High Rise, Fallen Cathedrals explores class warfare and a society’s descent into primitive, warring tribes. Musically, the album expands further on the complexities of the band’s earlier releases, but with even more emphasis on progressive and melodic elements, even incorporating clean vocals for the first time. It will appeal to fans of the more progressive side of extreme metal, from Ihsahn and Borknagar to Opeth and Enslaved.

Portz states: “The forthcoming album, Fallen Cathedrals, is the perfect illustration of what Ashen Horde is all about. Musically, it draws influence from across the metal spectrum. There is hyper speed, blast-beat-fueled black metal that runs alongside pummeling death metal riffs; clean-sung melodic passages juxtaposed against face-melting screams, and headbanging beats intermixed with progressive odd-time signatures.”

Tracklisting:

1. Parity Lost
2. Profound Darkness
3. Retaliation-Regret
4. The Vanishing
5. Atavism
6. Cages
7. Final Ascent
8. Face Of The Enmity
9. Primal (bonus track on CD only)

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Ulvegr Premiere Pre-Release Full-Album Stream Of Upcoming New Album “Vargkult”

Ukrainian band Ulvegr premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the band’s upcoming new album “Vargkult”, which will be out in stores later today via Ashen Dominion.

Check out now “Vargkult” in its entirety below.

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Ashen Horde Premieres Full-Album Stream Of New EP “The Alchemist”

Los Angeles based blackened death metal outfit Ashen Horde premieres the full-album stream of the band’s new EP “The Alchemist”, out in stores now through its new label Transcending Obscurity Records.

Check out now “The Alchemist” in its entirety below.

The Alchemist by Ashen Horde

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Arcane Grail Streaming Ashen Light Cover Song Online

Arcane Grail has posted an Ashen Light cover song online, which can be heard below. The band commented on the track:

“Check out another song from our new EP ‘Tribute to the Past,’ which released on my label Grailight Productions. This is the cover song from the debut album of Russian pagan black metal legend Ashen Light.”

The track listing is as follows:

1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
3. Goetia
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover)

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Ashen Reign Announces Release Date For New Album "An Angels Burden"

One man metal act Ashen Reign has announced the new album “An Angels Burden” will see its release on July 1st, 2011. Samples from the album and additional details on the release are available through the band’s official website. A statement from Ashen Reign about the band’s sound reads as follows:

“Ashen Reign is One Vision, One Purpose, One Goal. Music played with emotion, passion and integrity. Ashen Reign is a one man band, all instruments, mixing, engineering. It is really for love of music and wanting to share my musings with you. Nothing more, nothing less. Music played with precision, attack and focus. Melodic metal with a solid force pushing it forward.

“Brent McDaniel is the force behind the music. With a love for bands like Falconer and Porcupine Tree, throw in some Opeth and Paul Gilbert and you have the basic influences that inspired the birth of Ashen Reign.”

The track listing for “An Angels Burden” is as follows:

1. The Feast
2. An Angels Burden
3. Hope
4. Broken Heart
5. Simple Things
6. Prayer For The Dying
7. Fear of the Snake
8. The Sparrow

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