Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, April 12, 2013

Heavensdust-The Ashes Still Warm

When I put on Heavensdusts The Ashes Still Warm I made the mistake of assuming that this Japanese act put out standard heavy J-Rock. I was shocked by their creative mix of modern rock, Japanese folk music and metallic hardcore. A destructive band who sweep the listener up into their epic soundscapes and haunting melodies Heavensdust is a most impressive act and they show the variety and might that the Japanese metal scene has. A explosive effort rife with great songwriting and incredibly heavy riffs The Ashes Still Warm is quite possibly the East Asian album of the year.

What really sets this band apart is their innovative use of folk instruments. Songs like Annihilation take on whole new levels of sound and majesty when they get to feature solos from traditional Japanese instruments. It helps to give the band a bit of an earthy sound and carries the listener back to the days of the legendary samurai. In addition, love the hardcore feel that many of the riffs have, it showcases the sheer aggression that this band is capable of producing. This faster and more metallic side helps to keep the music fresh and adds yet another dimension to the bands sweeping and impressive sound.

In conclusion, this album is a masterwork, an epic that transcends generations. Folk metal like you've never heard it before Heavensdust have a certain magic to them that seems to dominate their music. They have a sound that entraps the listener and forces them to fall in love with the raw beauty of their music. Their excellent songwriting allows the music to flow seamlessly between rock, folk and hardcore for an end product that is unique and quite excellent, anyone looking to get more into the Japanese scene should check these guys out, they are a brilliant and innovative band with a bright future ahead of them.

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