Ashen Mortality - Your Caress

Thursday 1st April 1999
Ashen Mortality - Your Caress

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 15270-CAS644
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Mini-album

Reviewed by Alex Figgis

Amidst the mass of music from the States, it is both refreshing and encouraging to see UK bands raise their heads from time to time. Since 'Sleepless Remorse', Ashen Mortality have taken a couple of years break and returned with a breathtaking third release. Featuring newcomer George Ayton on drums. Ashen Mortality's sound has both deepened and matured. 'Your Caress' celebrates a richly diverse and proficient onslaught of sound, deftly created by the band. Both Ian's and Melanie-Sarah's vocals are on top form for this project; an album that is both rich in texture and diverse in sound. Though heavy and intense, the majestic blend of gothic doom laden progressive metal lets up from time to time, exposing passages of delicate acoustic ballads over which Melanie-Sarah's haunting vocals appear. There is but one word to describe 'Your Caress' - stunning!

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