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Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Ember, The Ash - Consciousness Torn From The Void

I have always been a big fan of 鬼, the Canadian multi-instrumentalist behind Unreqvited. It's thus a pleasure to get to dig into his project, The Ember, The Ash. A record that touches much more on the darker side of 鬼's music, The Ember, The Ash is a fascinating listen. It pulls in touches of DSBM and points at bleak unrealities. Consciousness Torn From The Void is a fascinating with multi-layered compositions coming together to form larger than life soundscapes that keep the listener on the edge of their seats. 

Consciousness Torn From The Void is masterful in its execution. The arpeggiated chords ring out proudly and provide a fitting backdrop to the tormented DSBM screams. This is a look into a side of 鬼's work that seems to have no bottom. As you stare into this pit of despair the pit begins to stare back and the immensity of 鬼's travail starts to become clear. The Ember, The Ash is an introduction to 鬼 embracing a sense that things aren't going to work out. Where Unreqvited seems to focus on healing and growth, this is a record that allows us to come to terms with the parts of us that we might not always be so stoked on. 

There is a lot to love about The Ember, The Ash. 鬼 has long since proven that he is one of the most talented songwriters in the black metal universe, and this record sees him exploring deeper and weirder sides of the genre. Consciousness Torn From The Void is not exactly the record I would have expected him to put out, but it's exactly the sort of album we need in 2019. A masterful release that seems to eagerly leap from peak to peak, sinking ones teeth into this record is a matter of multiple spins and reflective listening. 

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