An introduction which is little short of striking, Existence Exiled is the debut album from German melodic death metallers From Ashes Reborn. Its eight dark yet sonically dynamic tracks is the announcement of a new emerging force in the extreme metal realm, a band which if surprisingly not now will surely lure major plaudits and attention whilst building on this richly potent first album.
With its members coming together from across Germany, the Wittlich based quintet emerged last year. Creating and honing their Scandinavian spiced melodic death metal bred sound, the band eventually entered Klangschmiede Studio E with producer Markus Stock (Empyrium, The Vision Bleak, Sun Of The Sleepless) to record Existence Exiled. They have come out with a release which embraces the familiar course of the genre from its early days but more so breeds its own invention and individuality within a rousing trespass further ignited by ravenous blastbeats within a rhythmic attack which savages as it incites. Add to that provocative melodic enterprise and intimation alongside a web of hooks which greedily linger and you have an encounter which commands attention.
Existence Exiled opens with the brief instrumental intro of The Onerous Truth, a piece from its initial lure of keys amidst a dark portentous air that easily lured anticipation and the imagination into its and the following depths of the release. With rich emotive strings adding to its lure, the track leads straight into the rapacious jaws of Fight For The Light. The guitars of Dirk and Sebastian create a wind of invasive temptation as the rhythmic touch of bassist Tobias and drummer Thomas growl and bite respectively. To this swiftly compelling surge, Ronni’s vocal growl provides its own invasive potency, his bearish tones a blend of persuasion and threat. Evolving its melodic and adventurous landscape, the song leaves predictability at the door, its calmer eye of the storm as magnetic as its surging inhospitable winds.
An array of varied flavours adds to the creative drama, blackened hues joining death and melodic endeavour; a feisty mix across the album which is just as compelling within next up Follow The Rising. Grooves spiral across its turbulence, their net of temptation easy bait for keen attention as too the melodic weave which shapes the track’s expanding invention. The craft of the individuals within From Ashes Reborn is also impressive magnetism with the solo touch of Dirk a rousing flame against the harsher but equally as potent draw of voice and rhythmic intrusion.
Across the stirring presence of The Essence Of Emptiness, with its opening melodic seduction as powerful a coaxing as anything within the album before voracious ferocity descends upon its engaging enterprise, and the carnal animus of Infected, the album strengthened its thick hold on ears and appetite. Both tracks are a captivating fusion of raw hostilities and melodically lined temptation with the second especially rampant in its blend of the familiar and new.
Suspense soaks every note and moment within the release and especially tracks like its title track which follows, the guitars stealing the adventurous limelight but skilfully and imaginatively backed by its rhythmic drama and the inhospitable yet enticing scourge of vocals while Homicidal Rampage has a bloodlust to its contagion which left us wondering whether to run or feverishly embrace its creative and emotional rancor; the latter winning out.
Completed by the melancholy fuelled, tension lined beauty of The Splendid Path, an instrumental which sets up a whole new adventure for the imagination whilst concluding the album’s own, Existence Exiled impresses from start to finish. At times it does not offer the most unique moments but among others which openly are, but every one, each twist and turn is an enthralling and challenging pleasure from a band which has all the weapons of imagination and craft to make a big impact.
Existence Exiled is out now @ https://thesplendidpath.bandcamp.com/releases
Pete RingMaster 14/08/2018
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