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REV 16:8: Ashlands

It's Black Metal Jim, pretty much as we know it. Fifteen years into their career (they started out as Bloodshed) REV 16:8 have produced a suitably brutal and ferocious album which should go down very well with those predisposed to the genre. It is highly doubtful that it will convert those who like mainstream popular music but I suspect that neither the band nor their label care that much.

Ashlands is solidly crafted (if that isn't damning with false praise) and at times somewhat face melting in its assault on the ears yet retains a good sense of melody throughout to make it a perfectly acceptable way to spend time.

Track Listing
01. Agenda
02. Ashlands
03. Blackline Sundown
04. A Study of Patterns and Habits
05. The Chase
06. Serenade
07.Rust Retinal Vein
08. Coal Mirror
09. When Your Words Are Obsolete
10. Leave Me

Added: October 2nd 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 1493
Language: english

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REV 16:8: Ashlands
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-10-02 15:41:50
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Sweden's REV 16:8 have unleashed the hounds of hell on their latest platter of black metal mayhem called Ashlands. Fans of Watain, Marduk, and Dark Tranquility will eat this stuff up, as this 10 track collection of evilness offers up plenty of brutality, featuring hellish vocals, pulverizing blast beats, and crushing riffage.

Talon's agonized shrieks, screams, growls, and bellows set the tone on "Agenda", and it doesn't let up one second the rest of the way. As with the other bands mentioned above, REV 16:8 have a way with making all this violence sound somewhat melodic, thanks to the effective tremelo picked riffs of Nefastus, whose brutal yet melody soaked assault on the title track, "The Chase", "Serenade" and "Coal Mirror" drive these songs to black metal bliss.

If you are in the mood for some ravaging and blasphemous Swedish black metal, seek Ashlands out. It's a hellish and pulverizing ride you'll want to revisit over and over again.

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