This album is a journey through dark, melodious caverns, with flickers of light only enough to guide your way through. But not out, never out of the darkness. Truly brilliant.
Favorite track: The Irrepassable Gate.
Third full-length LP from ASH BORER presents itself as the band’s most transcendent and powerful offering yet. Time-stretching enveloping vicious ambient otherworldly black metal this time produced by Randall Dunn, “The Irrepassable Gate” sees ASH BORER take their blueprint of virulent black metal artistry to a whole new plateau of invincibility.
released December 2, 2016
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Randall Dunn.
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.
Artwork and design by Glyn Smyth of Stag & Serpent.
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21st century death metal has a tough job getting "the hook" right. Brutality, technicality: there is no secret formula to that first 60 seconds but "immediate" is one tack the bold employ, and cratsmen as skilled as BI reap rewards with it. An absolute masterclass in how to deliver a debut full-length, _Starspawn_ stands among maybe half a dozen DM records that offer the same what-the-fuck-is-this? feeling that _Altars of Madness_ had upon its releease 30 years ago. Paul Schwarz