One of the newest additions to the Prosthetic Records roster,The Ember, The Ash released their sophomore album recently, Fixation. The solo endeavour of a musical polymath who goes only by the name 鬼, The Ember, The Ash is a project shrouded in mystery – yet also offers recognisable glimpses into emotional turmoil. Distinct from their work as Unreqvited, Fixation follows on from The Ember, The Ash’s 2019 highly acclaimed release, Consciousness Torn From The Void.
Read about 3 releases that have influenced them the most in their musical career…
Lammendam – Carach Angren
When it comes to black metal, this is probably my all-time favourite record. Lammendam intrigued me at a young age because it wasn’t the “high pitched wails over tremolo guitars and blast beats” that I assumed all black metal was at the time. The compositions were dynamic and had tons of orchestral elements, the production was extremely well done, and the vocals were enunciated very well and delivered in the form of a sinister narration of the stories they were telling. I love everything this band does because of the care that goes into the storytelling and conceptualization of each record (which I believe are all based on dutch legends/folklore), but this album holds a special place in my heart.
Neverbloom – Make Them Suffer
Widow – Darke Complex
I was going to go with Iowa by Slipknot for this final one, but I decided to go with something a little more underground that many may not have heard of before. Although technically an EP, Widow completely blew me away when it came out back in 2015. At the time, there were a bunch of these ‘nu-metalcore’ bands coming out and some of them were actually quite successful, but none of them impacted me the way this one did. The riffs hit so much harder than other bands’, and Darke Complex‘s lyrics on this release are some of the best I’ve ever heard. I remember when this record was a week away from release, they posted lyrics from each song in order every day up until the release date. The lyrical content got progressively more concerning, and on the day before the release they posted the lyrics from their 6th track ‘Grief’ which included lines like “just know that tomorrow’s when I end it all, so I wrote this note down in the hopes you saw”. There were hordes of fans that were speculating what was going to happen on the final day, and I remember actually being a little stressed about it myself despite having a hunch it was all to build anticipation for the album.