There’s nothing quite like finding that new band that blows you away, and thanks to Old Timer and former TMR reviewer Don de Necker, I learned about Adorned in Ash. A quick chat and listen to their bandcamp page and I knew this was an album I wanted to review, because where else can you hear black metal mixed with thrash, and death that also has a distinct groove and technical side.
As mentioned, Don de Necker told me about Adorned in Ash and that makes a bit of sense since Adorned in Ash is from South Africa, where Don also resides. More precisely, Adorned in Ash is from Pretoria where the band started in 2008. The next few years saw the band endure tragedy and the loss of a band member and a myriad of lineup changes while at the same time being able to open for bands like Becoming the Archetype. When original vocalist Marius Visagie left the band in 2011, then guitarist Robyn Ferguson stepped up to take over vocal duties in addition to guitar, making Adorned in Ash a female-fronted metal band. In the band’s words, Adorned in Ash “exists for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to bring glory to the One Eternal and Mighty God, who sent His Son Jesus Christ to rescue us from hell…and ourselves.” The debut album, The Dead Walk Among Us, was recorded at Open Track Studios in Pretoria and includes work from all band members since 2010 with Robyn’s vocals updating tracks where needed. Mixing and mastering was done by Robyn Ferguson. Continue reading »