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Judaswiege – Ashes of the Heretic [EP]

judaswiege – ashes of the heretic [ep]

2-man project from Spain since 2016. This 1st album has good, raw, catchy riffs in the spirit of the 1995 breakdowns of God Dethroned and Impaled Nazarene. Songwriting seems rooted in Black Thrash with 3-5 repeating riffs…there are times I’m reminded of Ulver’s “Nattens Madrigal”, but, these fleeting moments are promptly returned to Black Thrash. The song writing is good, with a good sense of when to transition, repeat and place a guitar solo, which isn’t too flashy, but, takes you to an intended headspace. Production isn’t bothersome. Guitar tone is crunchy and clear. Bass is almost lost in the mix, but, this seems intended. Drums are clear enough. True to the tradition of most Black Metal and Thrash projects, the vocals are consistently high-reverb-mid-range with occasional guttural backing. I like both the music and the album artwork; I wouldn’t mind having their CD for my personal collection. (Orpheus)